This skinny chicken broccoli casserole is a lightened up version of my Mom’s yummy creamy cheesy chicken broccoli casserole from childhood. It was one of her favorite recipes for leftover turkey and chicken. And what’s not to like? It’s quick, tasty and economical.
She always called it chicken and broccoli casserole or turkey broccoli casserole. But it’s really just a quick and easy version of Chicken Divan, an American classic dish created by NYC’s Divan Parisienne Hotel back in the early 1900s.
Classic Chicken Divan calls for making Mornay sauce, a white sauce to which you add grated Swiss and parmesan cheese. It’s delicious but a little more work than Mom’s quick and easy version that uses cream of chicken soup instead. (If you want a lightened up version calling for homemade sauce check out this Lightened Up Chicken Divan from Gina at Skinny Taste.)
I significantly lightened up Mom’s chicken broccoli casserole by using 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup, non-fat evaporated milk and reduced fat cheddar cheese. I also added more broccoli and used only a light dusting of grated Parmesan and breadcrumbs. I also skipped mixing the breadcrumbs with melted butter and opted to coat the top of the casserole lightly with olive oil from my pump spray bottle.
We enjoyed this recently with warm whole wheat French bread and a simple green salad. I barely had time to snap a picture before it disappeared!
- 3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- 2 packages (10 ounce) frozen broccoli cuts, cooked and drained
- 2 cans (10-3/4 ounce) 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
- ¾ cup non-fat evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup Italian-flavored dry bread crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Cooking spray
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, toss together the cooked chicken and broccoli.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the soup, milk and lemon juice. Add this to the chicken and broccoli and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture evenly into the greased baking dish.
- Sprinkle with the shredded cheddar. Toss the bread crumbs and parmesan together and sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
- Spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.