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Every year around the holidays I get a craving for the food my mom made growing up.

When I’ve been cooped up indoors due to weather or I’m dealing with frazzled nerves from too much to do, nostalgic comfort food will fix it every time.

Chicken divan was one of my mom’s specialties. And being the from-scratch, whole-foodie that she was, there were no frozen something, leftover something, or instant cream-of-something soups in her recipe. (Not that I have an issue with organic frozen veggies or using leftovers!)

Just plain, simple, whole food with a tasty homemade sauce.

I can still remember the excitement I felt watching her prepare it and the anticipation of cheesy, slightly crunchy broccoli on my plate. Even today, it’s my favorite way to eat broccoli (and I still taste the anticipation when I’m the one making it)!

When I married and began a family of my own, I was a little nervous to carry on my mom’s chicken divan tradition, but my fears were in vain. Though this meal was a holiday treat in our house, this chicken divan is a fairly simple dish to make. It’s basically just chicken and broccoli, baked in a cheesy white sauce. Not much to it, but so much flavor!

Grain-Free Chicken Divan

I like to use dark meat for this recipe, but you can use whatever kind you want, just make sure to keep the skin on! It adds a wonderful texture and taste when combined with the cheese sauce and Parmesan/herb topping.

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Creamy Chicken Divan :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Primal // deliciousobsessions.com

Creamy Chicken Divan :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Option

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

I like to use dark meat for this recipe, but you can use whatever kind you want, just make sure to keep the skin on! It adds a wonderful texture and taste when combined with the cheese sauce and Parmesan/herb topping.


  • 2 lb. skin-on chicken (drumsticks, thighs, leg quarters, or breasts), preferably bone-in
  • 1 head fresh broccoli
  • 3 c. chicken stock
  • 2 T. butter or ghee (if you're dairy-free, you can use refined coconut oil, but you'll lose a little bit of the flavor component to this dish)
  • 2 T. tapioca powder
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1/2 c. shredded white cheddar cheese (for dairy free, use a vegan alternative, like Daiya or VioLife)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, more or less taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, more or less to taste
  • 2 T.+ grated Parmesan (can omit for dairy-free, or use a vegan alternative)
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. dried parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Fill a large pot with water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and set timer for 10 minutes. When time is up, drain out chicken and place in a 9x13 inch dish.
  3. While chicken is boiling, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. When melted, whisk in tapioca starch. Turn heat to medium-high and pour in a cup of the stock. Stir until smooth and thickened, then add another cup. Repeat until all the stock is added and sauce is thickened. Stir in cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  4. Slice broccoli lengthwise and place in baking dish with the parboiled chicken. Pour sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parmesan, oregano, and parsley.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and broccoli and chicken are cooked through.


If you don't want to parboil the chicken, simply bake the dish for 1 hour. If you find your sauce is too lumpy, pour it into a blender and pulse until it's smooth.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 630Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 357mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 59g

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