Yield: 6 servings
4.8 from 5 votes

Chicken Divan, Lightened Up

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This Chicken Divan makeover is the BEST with no canned soups or mayo!  Just layers of tender chicken breast and broccoli in a flavorful creamy cheese sauce topped with golden breadcrumbs.


  • 1-1/2 lbs broccoli florets ((3 large heads) chopped)
  • olive oil spray
  • 24 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts ((from 3))
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp shallots (minced (onions would work too))
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 2 oz dry sherry (white wine would work)
  • 6 oz reduced-fat Swiss cheese (shredded or chopped fine)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs


  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with olive oil spray.
  • Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Pound the thicker end of the chicken breast to make it even on both sides. Heat a grill pan over medium-low heat, spray with oil and cook the chicken until browned, and just about cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board. When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and shallots.
  • Sprinkle the flour and whisk until smooth. Stir in broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, milk and sherry and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in half of the Swiss cheese.
  • Arrange the broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli and mix to coat.
  • Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle the remaining Swiss cheese, grated Parmesan and top with breadcrumbs.
  • Spritz a little oil on top. Bake 30 minutes, until hot and golden.


Serving: 12/3 cup, Calories: 336kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 34.5g, Fat: 12g, Fiber: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 7
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 8