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Low-Carb Chicken Divan

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 449
Low carb Chicken divan with broccoli and cheese

Creamy, cheesy, and broccoli-filled, we’ve updated classic chicken divan so that it’s fit for even the most health-conscious family.

Low Carb Chicken Divan.

This keto-approved chicken divan recipe is a creamy, cheesy, broccoli-filled dish that is an instant throwback to my childhood. We’ve taken the liberty of giving this ‘80’s casserole a low-carb makeover so it’s a whole lot better for you—but every bit as cozy—as the classic.

I have vivid memories of my mom putting me in charge of grating the cheddar cheese while she poached the chicken and steamed the broccoli for this classic casserole. Meanwhile, my sisters were in charge of opening the cans of cream of chicken soup.

We all loved that broccoli and chicken casserole back in the day, but when I thought of making it for my family I cringed at the thought of using that sodium-and-preservative laden cream of chicken soup. While delicious in a casserole, I felt it was time to grow up a little and find some “real-food” alternatives to update my favorite casserole.

Low carb Chicken divan with broccoli and cheese in a pan with a spoon

What is the “Divan” in Chicken Divan?

In essence, chicken divan is just a creamy chicken casserole with broccoli in it. Although its origins can be traced back to a swanky hotel in 1800s New York City, chicken divan really became popular in the height of the 80’s casserole craze and easily won the hearts of many, because let’s face’s really good. Cheesy broccoli and chicken? What’s not to love?

I recently started the Keto diet, so I thought now was the perfect time to resurrect and redefine the traditional chicken divan recipe. So, let’s get to it!

Ingredients laid out cheese, cream cheese, chicken,  mayonnaise, broccoli.

What’s in Chicken Divan?

  • Poached chicken: poached, shredded chicken is an incredibly versatile ingredient, and one of my favorite things to keep on hand at all times. Here is our how-to on perfecting your poach! (P.S. This step can easy be done ahead of time.)
  • Steamed broccoli: use a steam basket or just toss the broccoli into a small pot of boiling water, cover and cook until bright green and just tender. You could also do this in the microwave!
  • The cream sauce (the cream of chicken soup substitute): if you’re on the Keto diet, this creamy sauce is going to be your new best friend. After much testing, we found that a combination of mayo, cream cheese, and a little organic bouillon (this is our favorite brand) almost perfectly replicates the texture of cream of chicken soup—all of the flavor, none of the guilt!
  • Cheddar cheese: you can shred and use any kind of cheese you want for this Keto chicken divan recipe, but a good medium-sharp cheddar is our favorite. It’s also what my mom always used—a little nod to tradition.
  • Secret ingredient: what’s a classic family recipe without a secret ingredient? Ours is curry powder! Just a little bit takes our chicken divan casserole to the next level!
cream cheese, mayo and heavy cream, curry powder, salt and bouillon in a bowl
cream cheese, mayo and heavy cream, curry powder, salt and bouillon in a bowl

How Do You Make Chicken Divan?

If you prep and shred the poached chicken ahead of time, and have your steamed broccoli ready to go, the rest of this chicken divan recipe is really quick and easy.

  1. Make your cream sauce! Combine the mayo, cream cheese, curry powder, and chicken bouillon.
  2. Mix! In a large bowl add the broccoli, creamy sauce, and shredded, cooked chicken. Mix until combined.
  3. Into the pan! Spread the mixture into a large baking dish.
  4. CHEESE. Top with the cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake. Until it’s bubbly and gooey and all of the good things.

Serve! Oh, and eat it, too!

Low Carb Chicken Divan 4
broccoli, shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, chicken divan in a pan
broccoli, shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, chicken divan in a pan
melted cheese over broccoli, shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, keto chicken divan in a pan

What Should You Serve with Chicken Divan?

Because the veggies are baked right in, chicken divan is a “no side dishes required” kind of dinner! If you’re on the Keto (or any low-carb) diet, then you definitely don’t want to add a side—this dish is perfect just as it is to hit those macros. But, if you really want to have all those childhood memories come flooding back, then we recommend serving this chicken divan over rice. Pure nostalgia, in the best of ways.

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Low carb chicken divan in a bowl with rice.

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close up of melted cheese over broccoli, shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, keto chicken divan

How’d You Like It?

Give this keto-friendly chicken divan with curry a try and let us know how you liked it! Post a picture to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can reminisce about the good ol’ days together (and mutually agree that we’re glad canned soup-based dishes are a trend of the past).

Low-Carb Chicken Divan

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 449


  • 1 lb Broccoli florets (roughly 6 cups)
  • 8 oz Cream cheese
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Better than bouillon or 2 bouillon cubes
  • 4 cups Cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Cooked rice (or cauliflower rice) for serving, optional


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add in broccoli and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Set broccoli aside. (This step can be made ahead of time.)
  2. In a medium sized bowl, microwave cream cheese, mayo and heavy cream along with curry powder, salt and bouillon for 1 minute at a time for up to 3 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
  3. In a 9X13 pan or 3 qt oven proof skillet mix together chicken with sauce and broccoli.
  4. Top with cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake at 375°F on center rack for 25 minutes.
  6. Serve warm over rice!

Freezing instructions.

Combine all ingredients in a foil oven pan. Cover with plastic wrap and then with foil. Freeze for up to 4 months. When ready to bake defrost in fridge or on counter and bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 449
  • Protein 22 g
  • Carbohydrates 13 g
  • Total Fat 34 g
  • Dietary Fiber 2 g
  • Cholesterol 116 mg
  • sodium 818 mg
  • Added Sugars 3 g

Low-Carb Chicken Divan

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Freya Knight

    What are the total carbs in the
    Low carb chicken divan

    We're in the process of adding nutritional information to all our recipes—hang tight!

  • Joy

    Could I use cauliflower instead of broccoli? It’s all I have

    We haven't tried it that way, but it would probably work! Let us know how it tastes!

  • Sandra

    Can I use a cooked rotisserie chicken, break up the chicken and mix it in with the ingredients and pop it in the oven?

    Absolutely. We're all about a good shortcut and this sounds like a perfect one.

  • Bill Holik

    Made this last night. We really enjoyed the flavor profile and the addition of curry powder was fantastic. However, the cream sauce is incredibly heavy with so much cream cheese, on top of mayo, on top of cream. None of us could finish our portions. If I make it again, I will certainly modify the consistancy of the sauce- might try cutting cream cheese and replacing with yogurt of just leave it at cream. Great flavor- just way too heavy on the sauce.

    Yes. We created this dish for the "Keto Diet" plan. So many people love this recipe that I would hate to mess with it, but feel free to cut the may or cream cheese.

  • Kira Benke

    How about a replacement for the Mayo? We have a dangerous egg allergy in the house and wondering if maybe something else would work effectively?

    You could try sour cream! Or a vegan mayo!

  • Randy Bungard

    Over Cauliflower Rice...Voila!!

  • D Manning

    Huge hit in my house! 8 year old loved it! I served it to him over egg noodles. Just the casserole for me.

  • BlueHunter

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious and quite filling. I did it without the curry and instead used garlic but will try the curry next. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! A new favorite.

    Great. Yes, this is a very filling dish! Glad you liked it!

  • Deanna Brown

    I made this tonight, it was wonderful!! I used Costco rotisserie chicken and frozen broccoli and I cut the recipe in half since there is only two of us. I made Jasmine rice in the Instapot. The smell and the taste with the curry was wonderful. I will be making this forever. :)

    Yay! So glad to hear this!