Chicken Divan – A Lighter Version with a Secret Ingredient

I spent the morning yesterday googling recipes to serve for Sunday dinner. I was looking for something different. I found a great recipe for Chicken Divan that was considered light.  I ended up making so many changes to it I decided to call it my own.  It was a big hit with the family today.

3 super sized boneless chicken breasts ( about 2.25 pounds )

4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup 2% milk

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


1/2 light sour cream

3/4 cup gouda cheese chopped into small cubes

1.5 tablespoons cooking sherry

2  plus cups broccoli florets



Step 1 –

Pound chicken and cut into smaller pieces. Cut the gouda cheese (secret ingredient) into small cubes.

Step 2:

Cook  broccoli until crisp-tender. I cooked it in the microwave. Feel free to steam.  Be sure to drain the broccoli with either method.

Step 3:

In a medium frying pan, saute chicken breasts in 2 tablespoons of butter until lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. I peppered the breasts when I put them in the pan.

Step 4:

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to eliminate the taste of raw flour. Then gradually whisk in chicken stock, garlic salt, sherry, milk, and sour cream until warm and bubbly. Add cheese until incorporated.

Step 4:

In a 9×13 dish arrange chicken breasts and broccoli. Pour sauce over top. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in a 375 degree oven until chicken is cooked all the way through – approximately 25 minutes.

Step 5:

When chicken is cooked remove from oven and serve with rice and a salad  – I was serving a large crowd so the photo represents more than the recipe serves.


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  1. Heather says:

    I added 1 cup of rice before putting in the oven, and I increased the broth to 2 cups.
    I also added 10 mins to cooking time. Husband and kids loved it!

  2. It sounds really good. I would imagine the gouda and the sour cream gives it a really tasty punch.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Jen – I’m sorry you had to cook on Mother’s Day but the recipe looks delicious! 🙂

  4. Yum!

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