Chicken Divan

This pasta dish is a family favorite. I double the recipe as the guys here will eat two servings each. Katy and I are satisfied with a single serving. It is a good company dish, add a salad and some sourdough bread to round out the meal. I often double recipes. I figure I am already making a mess, using pots and pans and it doesn’t take any more time to make double the food! This is one of those dishes that tastes even better the second day.

Fettuccine, chicken, broccoli, garlic, onion, parmesan cheese all combined in a creamy white sauce then baked until hot and bubbly. It is comfort food that soothes the soul and makes you feel content.


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless (1 lb)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 8 oz fettuccine, cooked
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into florets and steamed till crisp/tender
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 TBS sherry
  • 1/2 cup 2% Low Fat Evaporated Milk (This comes in a can)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided  (Buy a good quality Parmesan cheese that you grate or shred yourself)

Preheat oven to 350.

Sprinkle chicken breasts with garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper, cut chicken into 1 inch pieces and cook in a hot skillet sprayed with non stick spray, until chicken is browned and caramelized.
I boil the water for the fettuccine and I throw the broccoli in during the last two minutes of the cooking time for the pasta. I use a large wire strainer with a long handle to remove the broccoli, then drain the pasta in a colander.

Sauté  garlic and onion in cooking spray in large skillet till tender, move it to the edge of the pan, in same skillet, melt butter, stir in flour, mix in the onion and garlic and cook roux for 2 minutes until golden. Add chicken broth, sherry, Evaporated Milk, remaining 1/8 tsp cayenne and remaining 1/4 tsp black pepper, simmer until thick. Add 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and stir till melted, then remove from heat.

Spray 2 qt casserole dish with cooking spray, spread fettuccine noodles on bottom, then top with broccoli. Cover the fettuccine and broccoli with half of the cream sauce. Spread chicken in single layer on top of the broccoli.

Spoon the remaining half of the sauce on top of the chicken, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan, and bake for 20 minutes. If desired, turn oven to broil for 3 minutes till top is golden and serve!

Yield: 6 servings

Per Serving: 417 Calories; 15g Fat (32.1% calories from fat); 30g Protein; 39g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 78mg Cholesterol; 535mg Sodium.

Old WWP 9 / New WWPP 11

My Notes: I have also used half the amount of butter with great results. I double the recipe and bake in a 9 x13 pan placed on a cookie sheet in case it bubbles over.

Recipe adapted from one found on the CL message board.

Recipe and nutritional information updated 3/23/11

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  1. LAF says:

    Sounds awesome! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Tami says:

      You are welcome! I love to share good recipes.

  2. Mrs. L says:

    That looks so delicious!!

    I don’t know what we’re having for Easter dinner yet. Gee…I guess I need to get on that 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      I don’t know yet either, and was hoping to get some inspiration from some of you!

  3. Marisa (Loser for Life) says:

    That looks delicious! Your recipes are always so enticing!

    1. Tami says:

      Thanks for Marisa. I feel the same way about the food on your blog. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence!

  4. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    Oh my word… When I was younger I worked at a place called Cultures. It was a healthy fresh food eatery… We use to serve this. Im so glad you posted it.. Yummy yum yum.. I think I will make this tomorrow for dinner..

    1. Tami says:

      Hey that is pretty cool!

  5. watermelon wendy says:

    This looks yummy Tami! I am going to file this away for a ‘rainy day’ when we can’t BBq this summer. Haven’t dropped in for awhile, so I am catching up. You’re still doing a wonderful job!!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Wendy thanks for stopping by.

  6. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    I forgot.. I really wanted to make a Ham with scalloped potatoes for Easter but hubby really really wants turkey.. ARGGG I will probably make that and then make little turkey and gravy casseroles for the little guy to freeze for later..

    1. Tami says:

      Both meals sound good, what time did you say dinner will be ready?

  7. Erica @ Fashion meets Food says:

    Wow that Chicken Divan looks so delish!! I will have to make that soon! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tami says:

      You are welcome Erica.

  8. Kat says:

    This looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try it. You have great recipes Tami!

  9. Tami says:

    Thanks Kat!

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