Skillet Chicken Divan Recipe

If you like your chicken with a side of creamy, cheesy sauce, then this chicken divan recipe is definitely a winner. This classic dish features juicy chicken, broccoli, and a butter cracker garnish — yes, butter crackers, which add both texture and buttery goodness to the dish. Recipe developer Erin Johnson shares her rendition of chicken divan, and in this case, it comes together in a skillet as opposed to a casserole. "I love that this dish cooks in one skillet," Johnson says. "It is also delicious and cheesy, and a perfect way to change up dinner."

Indeed, chicken divan utilizes some pretty classic ingredients, but the end result really shines above your typical chicken dish. Johnson notes that she likes to serve this dish over rice, but adds, "You can also serve it over pasta or even roasted or baked potatoes." Basically, any starch will do here, as long as it's neutral enough to let the chicken divan shine. And, once you get a taste of the savory, cheesy goodness, you'll want these flavors to shine through time and time again.

Gather the ingredients for skillet chicken divan

As expected, you'll need some chicken for this dish, along with broccoli florets. Additionally, you'll need salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, butter, flour, milk, minced garlic, ground mustard, a sprinkle of nutmeg, shredded white cheddar cheese, and butter crackers for sprinkling on top. 

Blanch the broccoli

To kick things off, preheat your oven to 350 F. Then, you'll want to blanch the broccoli. To do so, add the florets to boiling water for 3 minutes, then immediately transfer them to an ice water bath to cool down. Finally, drain and set aside the broccoli for the time being.

If you aren't a fan of the blanching method or if frozen is what you have on hand, you can easily go another route: "If you want to use frozen steamable broccoli, cook it according to the package directions and skip the blanching step," Johnson says.

Season and cook the chicken

Now, it's time to focus on the chicken itself. Remember that your chicken should be cut into cubes, then you can season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add the cubed chicken to a skillet and cook for up to 10 minutes, or until each piece is cooked through. Once the chicken is done, remove it from the skillet and set aside. 

Build the cheesy sauce

Into that same skillet, add in both the butter and flour, mixing to combine as the butter melts. Next up stir in the milk, making sure to break up any lumps that may form. Follow that up with the minced garlic, ground mustard, and nutmeg, then add in the shredded cheese. Stir the cheese in until it melts. "I like to use white cheddar for this, but you can really use any cheese you'd like," Johnson notes. 

Bake the dish and serve

With the broccoli, chicken, and sauce all separately ready to go, it's time to combine the elements and bake. Into the skillet with the sauce, stir in both the cooked chicken and blanched broccoli. Then, crush up and sprinkle over the butter crackers, before baking the entire dish for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. "If you're short on time, you can skip baking the crackers and either omit them or serve them on top unbaked," Johnson notes.

After you initially enjoy this dish, there is a chance you'll have leftovers. "This will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days," Johnson says, before advising, "You may need to add a little milk to thin the sauce when reheating."

Skillet Chicken Divan Recipe
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Try out this easy recipe for chicken divan that cooks in a single skillet with blanched broccoli and a creamy, cheese sauce for a delicious weeknight meal.
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chicken divan in skillet
Total time: 40 minutes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 8 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 15 butter crackers
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In an oven-proof skillet, blanch the broccoli in water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, then cook in the skillet until cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  4. Into the skillet, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring to combine.
  5. Pour in the milk, stirring to remove any lumps.
  6. Add the garlic, ground mustard, and nutmeg.
  7. Fold in the cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  8. Add the chicken and broccoli back to the skillet and stir to coat with the cheese sauce.
  9. Crush the butter crackers and sprinkle on top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crackers are golden brown.
Calories per Serving 597
Total Fat 42.5 g
Saturated Fat 19.1 g
Trans Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 152.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Total Sugars 8.3 g
Sodium 617.6 mg
Protein 34.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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