Chicken Divan Crockpot Recipe: Super Easy and Delicious

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Chicken Divan Crockpot Recipe

We are excited to share this chicken divan crockpot recipe with you. It is an easy recipe that combines chicken, rice, broccoli, shredded cheese, and a tasty mayonnaise-based sauce into this easy dinner that everyone will enjoy! 

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Easy Chicken Divan

Making chicken divan is an easy and delicious dinner. Chicken divan is great for many different occasions because you can easily make it ahead of time, it goes a long way, and is the perfect warm dish to cap off your evening dinner time. Today I am excited to show you how to make chicken divan using your crockpot. This is going to be fun! 

What is Chicken Divan?

Before we get too far, let’s look at what exactly chicken divan is. Chicken divan is a casserole type of dish that is made from rice, chicken, often broccoli, cheese, and sauce that features a mayonnaise sauce mixture. There are several different ways you can make this dish, the most common one is via a casserole. And the one we are going to discuss today is by using your crockpot, or slow cooker. This recipe makes an easy and delicious dinner that you can prepare ahead, or expand the recipe to feed many people. The recipe tastes amazing and requires little effort, and time. This recipe is also perfect for those who lead a busy life. It’s a win, win, win. 

Why Is It Called Chicken Divan 

This dish is called chicken divan because it is said to have been named after its place of the invention which is rumored to have been a Divan Parisian restaurant in New York City. We could also say that the name of this dish, chicken “divan” is derived from the word divine because this dish is quite divine in its taste. Now let’s get your taste buds ready!  

How to Make It (Summary.)

This delicious dish is made by combining a kind of rice, typically white, pre-cooked chicken, a sauce made from a base of mayonnaise, broccoli, and topped with cheese to make the most amazing tasting dinner. There are several different ways that you can make it, you can combine the chicken, rice, and sauce together, then top it all off with broccoli followed by cheese. Or if you prefer you can layer it as well. Some people enjoy topping this dish with items such as corn flakes, crushed potato chips, or French’s crispy fried onions. This dish, whether prepared as a casserole, or in your crockpot is warmed until the cheese begins to melt, turns bubbly, and is served warm. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Broccoli Divan

There are many benefits to making Chicken Divan in a slow cooker, doing it this way is very easy and still allows you to enjoy a delicious dinner when it’s done cooking. This recipe is great for preparing dinner well you are working from home or away at the office all day. Making crockpot Chicken Divan is also great because unlike the traditional way of preparing it, in this recipe you can make it all in one dish, which makes less of a mess to clean up. I don’t know about you, but I am always grateful for this! Let’s look at what you will need to make this delicious food. 

Ingredients for Crock Pot Chicken Divan

There are two main variations and how you can make this recipe. The main difference is that one recipe includes broccoli, whereas the other one does not. Our recipe below will walk you through the process of including it, as this is our preferred method to have a better-rounded dinner in one pot. However, if you prefer to make this without broccoli, simply omit this ingredient. Below is your ingredient list. 

What You’ll Need 

Chicken
Garlic salt
Long grain rice
Water
Butter
Salt
Pepper
Broccoli
Cheddar cheese
Mayonnaise 
Cream of chicken soup
Lemon juice

Chicken Divan in a crockpot

How To Make Chicken Divan In A Slow Cooker

CHICKEN: If you are using raw chicken you will want to be sure to start off by cooking your chicken in the slow cooker until it is fully cooked. For me, that typically takes a couple of hours on high. For crockpots that do not have a lid that seals tightly, it may take longer to fully cook your chicken. 

RICE: When your chicken is cooked you can add in your long-grain rice, as well as water, butter, and salt. You will be adding this to your chicken mixture that is already in the crockpot. Then shred the chicken and stir it, to combine it with your rice. You are going to cook it on high while covered for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please note this cooking time may vary depending on what kind of crockpot you have.  

BROCCOLI: Now it’s time to add your broccoli if you desire. You can use frozen or fresh broccoli for this. Make sure that if you are using fresh broccoli your broccoli has been washed and dried and cut into florets. Add to your crockpot on top of the sauce. Allow between 30 minutes to 1 hour for your broccoli to fully cook. 

SAUCE: Once your chicken and rice have fully cooked in your crockpot, you will want to begin mixing up your sauce. In a mixing bowl, you will combine mayonnaise, cream of chicken soup, and lemon juice together. Stir to combine. Once mixed, you can pour this on top of your rice mixture. 

TOPPING: At the same time as your broccoli and sauce are added to the mixture, you will also want to finish off with your topping. Your topping can simply be shredded cheddar cheese that you place on top. Or you may finish it off by adding corn flakes, crushed chips, or french-fried onions if desired. Cover and allow to cook until your cheese is melted and your broccoli is soft. 

Crock Pot Chicken Divan Recipe

Description

Crockpot Chicken Divan is an easy recipe. This is something that everyone will enjoy, and it is quite a filling dish. Plus, it tastes delicious!

Products Needed:

Crockpot
Rubber spatula
Mixing bowl
Whisk

Ingredients

1 pound chicken breast
2 cups long-grain white rice
4 cups water
3 Tbsp butter
½ tsp salt
½ cup mayonnaise
21 oz cream of chicken soup
1 Tbsp lemon juice
12 oz broccoli florets 

Instructions

Preparation Info

There are two ways you can prepare this meal. The first is to combine your ingredients all at once, into the crockpot, and cook it over low heat for 6-8 hours. The second is to add portions of it in sections and layer it as you go. The second process is the one we are going to walk through. However, please note you may most definitely dump everything into the pot and cook on low heat. 

Steps to Make It

Step 1

Begin by adding your chicken breast to the crockpot and cover with a cup of water. Cook over high heat until chicken is fully cooked, then shred the meat. 

Step 2

Add the rice and water to your crockpot. Cook on high for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until your rice is fully cooked. Add more water if needed. 

Step 3

Top with broccoli florets. 

Step 4

In a mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, cream of chicken soup, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Pour on top of broccoli in the crockpot. Smooth over the top. 

Step 5

Sprinkle the top of your mixture with shredded cheese, cover, and cook until your cheese is melted. If you want it ready right away, use your high heat setting. When you intend to be away for a while, heat it over the lowest heat setting. If desired, top with corn flakes, serve, and enjoy! 

Notes

If you are going to be cooking this while you are away all day, you will most likely want to add 1 cup extra water, and you will also want to add everything at the same time, then stir to combine. Leave the cheese to add on top, when you get home. 

Chicken Divan Crockpot bowl top down

Nutrition

We estimate that this recipe can serve around eight people. We have based one serving size to be 1/8th of the above recipe. Given this estimate, we estimate that one serving contains 411 calories. We also estimate that one serving contains 15.4g total fat, 58mg cholesterol, 819mg sodium, 48.7g total carbohydrates, and 18.5g protein. Please note that these estimated nutritional facts may vary depending upon the specific ingredients you choose to include. 

Tips & FAQs

Tips

The first tip is to be sure to include enough liquid. This means make sure the sauce is enough to correspond with the amount of rice that you include, also be sure there’s enough water in your rice so that it does not become extremely dry. If these two items are followed, your dinner will be delicious. 

FAQs

Can this be made in advance?

Yes! Chicken Divan in a crockpot can most assuredly be made in advance. You can easily make this in advance and transfer it to another container and freeze it, or place it in the refrigerator to store it for a few days. See the below details for storage information.

What is the best way to reheat this casserole?

There are several ways you can reheat this dish. Probably the best ways are to use a microwave or bake it in the oven. I personally think that using the oven is the best method as it gives more of a fresh taste to your dish. 

What goes with Chicken Divan?

There are many things that you can have along with your Chicken Divan. A great side would be bread or rolls. You could also do another vegetable as a side dish. But don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth as well by serving a dessert along with your Chicken Divan crockpot recipe. Whatever you choose to serve with your dish does not need to be fancy as your Chicken Divan will cover many aspects that should be included in the meal. 

How do you reheat Chicken Divan?

The best way to reheat Chicken Divan is by using a microwave or baking it in the oven. You can also try to reheat it in your crockpot if you would like. 

What kind of chicken to use?

Pretty much any kind of chicken will work for this Chicken Divan. We often use raw chicken breasts in this recipe. However, you can use canned chicken, cooked chicken thighs that you remove the meat from, or any other kind of chicken as long as the meat is removed from the bone. 

How long is it good for?

SERVE: When served Chicken Divan made in a crockpot, is good for two hours at room temperature. If it sits out longer than that not being heated by the crockpot, you will want to toss anything that is left over.

STORE: To preserve your Chicken Divan made in the crockpot, after it is served, you’ll want to place it in an airtight container or cover it in saran wrap or foil and place it in the fridge before it has sat at room temperature for two hours. It may be stored in the fridge between 3 to 4 days if it is securely sealed. 

FREEZE: once prepared, Chicken Divan can also be frozen. To freeze it, the dish is best when wrapped securely in a plastic bag that is sealed or placed in an airtight container. It may be kept in the freezer for about three months before it goes bad. 

Make Ahead Method

Chicken Divan can absolutely be made ahead of time and saved for a later date. The best way to do this is to fully prepare it then place it in an airtight container in the freezer. It’s best when heated in the oven, to cook it again. 

Storage

The best way to store Chicken Divan that has been fully prepared is in the fridge or freezer. It may last between 3 to 4 days in the fridge, and around three months in the freezer. 

Reheating Instructions 

To Reheat in a microwave: to reheat in the microwave, simply placed your Chicken Divan into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with something like a paper towel, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until it is fully warmed through.

To Reheat in the oven: to reheat your Chicken Divan in the oven simply place your food into a container that is oven safe, then place it into the oven while it is preheating to 350°F. Allow it to warm in the oven until it is completely thawed and warmed through. To test you can place your finger into the center of your dish to see if it is warm to the touch. When warmed you are good to go. 

To Make Ahead: 

To make this dish ahead of time you are going to fully prepare as stated above. Then once completely cooked, transfer it to a storage container or a glass dish that is wrapped securely in plastic wrap or foil. Place the dish into the fridge or freezer, until you are ready to use. For a longer amount of time, it is best to freeze the food. 

Recipe Variations

Are several different variations and how you can make this recipe. Some include rice while others do not. Some recipes include broccoli well others omit broccoli. Below are a few variations of this recipe. 

Chicken Broccoli Divan in the Crockpot or Oven

Chicken Divan that is made with broccoli can be prepared in a crockpot or you can prepare each portion of the dish on the stovetop then transferred it to a casserole dish. For example, you would pre-cook your chicken separately, then prepare your rice according to the package instructions on the stovetop. Once both are completely cooked you would assemble the dish. Take a casserole dish and spray it with cooking spray then add your rice layer followed by chicken and broccoli, topped with your prepared sauce, and finished off with shredded cheese. You would then bake this dish at 375°F until it begins to turn brown around the edges and your cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Chicken Divan in crockpot cooked

Slow Cooker Chicken Divan Casserole Recipe

Chicken Divan can also be made in the crockpot as we have instructed you above. Some people prefer to make it with white rice while others prefer dark rice. Some even choose to make it with quinoa. It may also be prepared without any rice included in the recipe. This dish can also be made with or without broccoli.

Chicken Divan A ’La Crockpot

Chicken Divan that is prepared and your crockpot takes a simple yet delicious dish it makes it even easier to prepare. This is a great way to have dinner ready with very little effort. This is a great recipe that everyone will enjoy. It also provides a balanced diet which, includes protein from your chicken, a vegetable in your broccoli, and an overall, delicious, and filling dish with your rice cheese and sauce included. 

Crock Pot Chicken Divan

Crockpot Chicken Divan allows you to have a tasty meal when you lead a very busy life. This recipe is also great for people who are not huge fans of cooking or may have little experience in cooking as well. We are excited for you to taste the deliciousness, that can be your easy dinner with this Chicken Divan crockpot recipe. 

Chicken Divan Crock Pot Recipe

Our Chicken Divan crockpot recipe is an easy meal that can be made by inexperienced as well as very experienced chefs in your home kitchen. This recipe makes a delicious dinner that everyone will enjoy, plus there’s very little cleanup because it requires so few dishes. Don’t take our word that this is good though. Be sure to try this recipe out for yourself, and let us know what you think! We hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!!! 

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