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3 February 2018: Classic Chicken Divan

February 3, 2018

Tags: Classic American Cooking, Chicken Divan, Chicken, Broccoli, Casseroles

My Chicken Divan

One of the great dishes of mid-to-late twentieth century American cooking is Chicken Divan, a layered gratin of broccoli, chicken breast and a velouté sauce enriched with cheese. Believed to have been name for its place of origin, the Divan Parisien Restaurant in New York City’s old Hotel Chatham (which stood at Vanderbilt Avenue between East 48th and 49th Streets), it was probably created sometime in the 1940s and is credited to Chef Anthony Lagasi.* (more…)