This easy curry chicken recipe, Curried Chicken Divan, is a chicken breast rolled around fresh broccolini, served over brown rice.

9x13 pan of cooked rolled broccolini with chicken and divan sauce

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We love this easy chicken recipe, a true comfort dish any time of year. This Curried Chicken Divan is a creamy, cheesy dish made with juicy chicken breasts, tender broccolini, and a homemade sauce. It’s topped with panko bread crumbs, and is light and tasty served over brown rice. It’s a family favorite, and I’m sure your family will love it, too.

Curried Chicken Divan

My version of easy Chicken Divan uses broccolini in the filling and the panko gives a light crunch on top. If you can’t find broccoli in the grocerty store, you can use small broccoli florets. Either way, it’s a great chicken recipe!

9x13 pan of cooked chicken divan with broccolini and curry sauce

Why we love this recipe

  • The sauce is homemade (this recipe does not use canned soup).
  • It’s easy to make for company.
  • If you have any leftovers, they are amazing!

We love this Rolled Broccolini Curried Chicken Divan served with a Winter Green Salad recipe!

curry chicken recipe ingredients

Gather these ingredients

  • Broccolini, I buy it at Trader Joe’s
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk or half-and-half
  • Sherry cooking wine
  • Curry powder
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Panko crumbs

broccolini and chicken rolled before the curry sauce

How do you make Curried Chicken Divan?

Start with these easy steps …. and simple ingredients you can get at any grocery store! PRINT full recipe below!

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender. More or less time may be needed, depending on thickness of broccolini. Drain in colander.
  3. Slice the chicken lengthwise in half. Salt and pepper each side.
  4. In a medium frying pan, melt the butter; whisk in the flour and cook (until no longer lumpy).
  5. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, sherry cooking wine and milk or half and half, until mixed well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the sauce is thickened.
  6. Add curry powder. Add cheese; blend and whisk until combined. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add curry sauce to the bottom of a prepared (sprayed) 9×13 pan.
  8. Roll a few sprigs of broccolini in each chicken breast; place seam side down in the pan. Continue until pan is full. Heavily salt and pepper both sides.
  9. Pour sauce over top and sprinkle with Panko crumbs. Cover with aluminum foil. Make several slits in aluminum foil for steam to escape.
  10. Bake; remove foil and bake more to allow the Panko crumbs to get golden brown.

before baking, a pan of Rolled Broccolini Curried Chicken Divan

How do you serve Curried Chicken Divan?

We love this dish served over brown rice, but you can also serve over pasta, potatoes, or just enjoy it alone.

Tips and substitutions:

  • This recipe does not use mayo or sour cream. Instead make an easy homemade curry sauce (you can adjust the spice), that is cheesy good!
  • Add more curry if you want to take it up a notch.
  • This is a simple make-ahead recipe that you can pop in the oven right before your guests arrive.
  • TIP: Buy the premade brown rice at Trader Joes (in the freezer section), that only takes minutes to heat up in the microwave. We love keeping this rice in our freezer.
  • Optional to use a meat tenderizer for the chicken (to flatten and make it tender).

how to make curried chicken divan

The chicken divan is an elegant dish for a weeknight meal, or it’s good enough for company!

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Curried Chicken Divan

This easy chicken recipe is a Curried Chicken Divan (a chicken breast rolled around fresh broccolini), baked and served with brown rice.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 bunches broccolini, about 1 pound
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise in half
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk, or 1 cup half-and-half
  • ½ cup sherry cooking wine
  • 3 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Panko crumbs
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Steam broccoli for 5 minutes until crisp-tender. (I steam in the microwave covered with plastic wrap for 4-5 minutes.) More or less time may be needed, depending on thickness of broccolini. Drain in colander.
  • Slice the chicken lengthwise in half. Salt and pepper each side.
  • In a medium frying pan, melt the butter; whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes (until no longer lumpy).
  • Gradually whisk in chicken broth, sherry cooking wine and milk or half and half, until mixed well. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the sauce is thickened.
  • Add curry powder. Add 2 cups of the cheese; blend and whisk until combined. Salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare the dish:

  • Add 1 cup of curry sauce to the bottom of a prepared (sprayed) 9×13 pan.
  • Roll a few sprigs of broccolini in each chicken breast; place seam side down in the pan. Continue until pan is full. Heavily salt and pepper both sides.
  • Pour sauce over top and sprinkle with Panko crumbs. Cover with aluminum foil. Make several slits in aluminum foil for steam to escape.
  • Bake for 30 minutes; remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes to allow the Panko crumbs to get golden.
  • Serve hot over cooked brown rice.

Notes

Reposted from March 2018.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 432kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 545mg, Potassium: 468mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1340IU, Vitamin C: 40mg, Calcium: 313mg, Iron: 3mg
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Curried Chicken Divan