Chicken-Mushroom Divan

Chicken-Mushroom Divan

Chicken Divan is a chicken casserole usually served with broccoli, almonds, and Mornay sauce. Since I love mushrooms so much, I make mine a Chicken-Mushroom Divan with broccoli and a Mornay sauce. Just add a side salad and you are set for dinner. My family loves it!

Chicken Divan was invented at and named for the by-gone Divan Parisien Restaurant in the New York Chatham Hotel. The Divan Parisien served Chicken Divan as its signature dish in the early twentieth century. In France the word divan refers to a meeting place or great hall. This name was chosen to attract the attention of the Divan Parisien owners by implying a kind of continental elegance.


Chicken-Mushroom Divan

Serves: 4

    • 1 large bunch broccoli, trimmed and cut into 4-inch long spears
    • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms (white button)
    • 1/3 cup (5 1/2 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, diced
    • 5 Tbsp. all purpose flour
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 3 Tbsp. medium dry-sherry
    • 1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream
    • Fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb. total), poached (see below) and sliced thin


Basic Poached Chicken

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, halved
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into thirds
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into thirds
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 sprigs thyme or parsley
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves


Chicken-Mushroom Divan - poaching chicken

In a large straight-sided skillet or pot, combine all ingredients except chicken; cover with water by 1/2 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add chicken and cover skillet and remove from heat. Let stand until chicken is cooked through about 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove chicken from poaching liquid, let cool, slice thin.

Heat oven to 350F.

In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook broccoli for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and shock in a bowl of ice water, set aside, covered.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan - cooked broccoli

In a heavy saucepan, melt butter over low, add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan - sauteing mushrooms

Add flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan Sauce

Add broth and bring mixture to a boil. Cook on low, stirring, for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, then add to flour mixture, along with sherry and lemon juice to taste. Season with salt and pepper.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan Sauce 2

Arrange broccoli in a large casserole dish. Top with half the sauce. Stir 1/4 cup Parmesan into other half of sauce. Arrange chicken on broccoli.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan - broccoli and chicken layered

Pour remaining sauce over top, and sprinkle mixture with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan Prebaked

Cover with foil and bake in oven until heated through, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Remove foil and turn the oven to broil. Broil about 6 inches from heat, for 1 minute or until sauce is golden and bubbling.

Chicken-Mushroom Divan

Make ahead: Poach the chicken and boil the broccoli a day ahead, then all you have to do is make the sauce, grate the cheese, assemble and bake. Simple enough! Enjoy.

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