Mom's 20 Minute Chicken Divan

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Chicken Divan is a mouth watering, creamy, cheesy chicken and rice recipe that is perfect for family dinners. It is an easy to make, quick comfort food to feed an army. A classic everyone will love.

cheesy rice on a plate.

Chicken Divan

When I was growing up, my mother would struggle making dinner each night because she was always short on time. She worked in a salon which meant some late nights. One on her favorite (and mine!) dishes to make was Chicken Divan. Not only was it quick, but there were always leftovers for the next evening, a true comfort food.

A Childhood Classic

I loved when Chicken Divan was on the menu, that meant I got to help her cook! It was so easy, she basically handed me the ingredients and I put it together with her supervision. We sat down as a family each night for dinner, no matter what anyone's schedule was like.

glass rooster plates.

Passing it on to my daughter

girl showing food.

My 13 year old daughter can be such a picky eater that some nights I have to make a second meal for her. I just don't have the time to cook twice. So, for the last year I have been teaching her various kitchen techniques and giving her tasks when I cook. Now, she can make beginner dishes and even helps her dad!

father and daughter cooking

The first dish I taught her- mom's Chicken Divan of course! The only difference between my version and mom's is that mine takes less time. It can be tough getting back into the school routine, saving time anywhere I can helps tons. Mom would have to cook rice first which added an extra 15-20 minutes. Instead, I use Uncle Ben's Ready Rice to help speed things up.

girl pouring rice into dish.

A variety of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice can be found at Walmart in the pasta and rice aisle.

rice on a shelf at store.

On To The Recipe

Here is my version of Chicken Divan-  easy, quick, kid friendly and the perfect beginner dish to get those kiddos cooking in the kitchen, enjoy!

(Full printable recipe below)  Serves 6 

Gather all your ingredients- chopped cooked chicken, broccoli, Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, cream of chicken soup, milk and cheddar cheese.

rice on a plate.

Pour milk and cream soup into casserole dish. Mix well. Add one package of rice.  Mix.

chicken divan

Add remaining ingredients in layers:  broccoli, second package of rice. ½ the cheese, chicken and remaining cheese.

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chicken divan

Finish with a bread crumb topping!

chicken divan

Bake on 400° for 20 minutes.  Scoop to serve!

rice on a fork comfort food.

cheesy rice comfort food.

 Do you have a family dish from your childhood that you passed on to your children? What is your favorite dish to make with the kiddos? Let us know by commenting below!

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Easy Weeknight Dinner Chicken Divan

Easy Weeknight Dinner Chicken Divan

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Easy Weeknight Dinner Chicken Divan a combination of chicken, broccoli and creamy cheddar cheese


  • 2 Pouches Uncle Ben's Ready Rice , Chicken or Cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can milk, (use soup can to measure)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli, from frozen, thawed
  • 1 Rotisserie chicken OR 2 pre cooked breasts, cooked, pulled/chopped
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Pour milk and cream soup into casserole dish. Mix well. 
  3. Add one package of rice. Mix.
  4. Add remaining ingredients in layers: broccoli, second package of rice. 
  5. ½ the cheese, chicken and remaining cheese.
  6. Mix bread crumbs into the melted butter. sprinkle all over the top. 
  7. Bake on 400 for 20 min.  Let stand 5 mins. Scoop and serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300

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4 thoughts on “Mom's 20 Minute Chicken Divan”

  1. I'm pretty sure the ingredient list is supposed to say can of chicken soup....I don't care to try a can of chicken coup LOLOL. Too funny. Thanks for the unintentional giggle teehee. I haven't tried that rice yet but that 4 cheese rice sounds really yummy as well as the chicken divan recipe.

    • OMGosh! That IS Funny. Mostly because we have about 3 chicken coops on the property and also because you are 100% right, I would never want to try a can of that either! 🙂 Thanks for your comical way of letting me know instead of bashing me haha. Though it was funny, I have updated to reflect the ingredients is in fact SOUP not coup.
      Have a wonderful day Kellie!


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