Get the taste of chicken divan without the extra carbs. This low carb chicken divan recipe is simply chicken and broccoli in a Parmesan cheese sauce.
Are you a fan of easy chicken dishes? I sure am. The easier the better for me, especially on busy weeknights.
This is a low carb Chicken Divan casserole. It’s made with broccoli and mornay sauce. Mornay is a sauce that contains grated cheese. Chicken Divan originated at a 1950s New York restaurant, the Divan Parisienne.
Here’s a low carb chicken divan recipe for the famous casserole with broccoli and parmesan cheese. I like to use avocado mayonnaise in this casserole as I’ve been staying away from the kind made with seed oils. It’s pretty easy to make homemade mayonnaise as well. I’ve even made it with coconut oil.
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It’s best to steam the broccoli first. I like to use fresh broccoli and put it in my steamer for about 15 minutes. If you like convenience, you can always use a “steam in bag” frozen broccoli that cooks up fast in the microwave. I love to cook those steam in bag veggies on busy nights after work. It makes it so easy!
Once you’ve got your steamed broccoli, you just need to dump it into a casserole dish along with some cubed chicken. There’s no need to cook the chicken first. It will cook up fine in the oven. Then, you just mix in some mayonnaise, sour cream, cooking wine, spices, and Parmesan cheese.
Then, you’ll bake the dish in the oven for about 25 minutes. You want the chicken to be fully cooked and the top to be a little browned. It doesn’t take long, especially if you cut up the chicken into small pieces.
This low carb Chicken Divan casserole is super easy to make. I bet it could even be placed into a casserole crock-pot before heading out. Then, you’d have a nice warm casserole waiting for you when you get home!
The cooking wine gives the sauce a nice tangy flavor. If you don’t have any cooking wine, I bet a little vinegar or lemon juice would work too. There are a bit of carbs in cooking wine, but I prefer it in this dish.
I find this low carb Chicken Divan casserole to be very filling. There is a lot of fat in the dish, but don’t let that scare you away. It’s been proven that high amounts of fat are best when following a low carb way of eating. That’s why fat bombs are so popular!
[2/13/16 UPDATE] I recently redid the photos for this recipe and added a preparation video. Hopefully, the updated photos and video will give this recipe the attention it deserves. Chicken Divan has always been a favorite of mine and I think you will love it too.
I’ve been spending some time updating the older photos on this food blog. I have come a long way in food photography. Unfortunately, it did take a good year to really figure out just how to use the camera and get better lighting. And, I still have a lot to learn. Practice does make perfect so I hope that you will see some of these older recipes in a new light after the updates!
Low Carb Chicken Divan Casserole
- Serves: 6
- Serving size: 260g
- Calories: 474
- Fat: 31.6g
- Saturated fat: 8.9g
- Carbohydrates: 7g
- Sugar: 1.4g
- Sodium: 369mg
- Fiber: 2.1g
- Protein: 38.7g
- Cholesterol: 116mg
- 1 lb broccoli, cooked
- 1½ lb chicken, raw, cut in cubes
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 3 Tablespoons white cooking wine
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ teaspoon curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon sage
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place chicken and broccoli in 9×13 baking pan.
- Mix remaining ingredients in medium bowl then pour over chicken and broccoli.
- Stir all ingredients well then spread evenly in pan.
- Bake 25 minutes.