This Instant Pot Chicken Divan is made quickly and has all the flavors of your favorite casserole without the cream soups and mayonnaise! Perfect for dishing out onto a plate of rice or pasta!
Do you have an Instant Pot yet? If you do, is it totally rocking your cooking world?? It is mine! I’ve had mine for just over a year now and I am loving how quick and easy it is to get meals on my table without a lot of cooking time and dishes–just like this Chicken Divan!
I’ll I admit I’m not necessarily anti-cream soup (hello Mom’s chicken enchiladas!), but I don’t like using them a lot.
Chicken Divan is one of those old-school recipes that typically calls for cream soups AND mayonnaise, and, I’ll admit it’s pretty darn good that way. But, it’s a bit too processed for me to make on the regular.
So, this is my “clean” version of Instant Pot Chicken Divan. I use that term loosely here because I’m 100% certain the amount of cheese, butter and sour cream in this don’t qualify it as a “clean eating” recipe. But, who can say really?
Should I use Natural or Manual Pressure Release when cooking meats?
When cooking meat in the Instant Pot it’s best to let the pressure release naturally. Why? Because when you’re pressure cooking, your meat cooks at a very high temperature and when the pressure is released before it has a chance to cool a bit, any moisture in the meat evaporates super quickly!
Allowing the Instant Pot to release the pressure naturally allows the meat to come down in temperature enough that it won’t cause all the moisture within it to evaporate, leaving your meat much more tender and moist.
There is one exception to this rule, however. If your meat is fully submerged in a cooking liquid, the liquid actually insulates the meat and keeps it from losing moisture. So, a quick release can be done in this case without any negative results.
Tips for cooking Instant Pot Chicken Divan
- You’ll notice that there aren’t any large broccoli florets in the pictures of this dish. That’s because the pressure cooker cooks the broccoli down so much that it falls apart when mixing in the final ingredients. I actually quite like the texture it leaves, but if you prefer your broccoli to be in larger pieces, you can steam it separately and add it in at the end.
- Chicken Divan gets its signature flavor from a bit of curry powder. I added 1/2 teaspoon to this recipe but feel free to add more if you like a little more spice.
Want more Instant Pot Recipes?
- Zesty Instant Pot Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Chili with Pineapple
- Instant Pot Pot Roast (Tavern Style)
- Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
Tools used in making Instant Pot Chicken Divan
The Instant Pot— This is the model that I have and LOVE. It’s been with me for over a year and I’ve definitely put it through the ringer but still works like new! It’s changed the dinnertime routine at our house and helps me make meals in under an hour that used to take HOURS!
Instant Pot Chicken Divan
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 pounds, 1-2 inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup white wine can substitute chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 head broccoli cut into florets
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Heat olive oil in Instant Pot on the "Saute" function until shimmering.
- Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and brown in the oil until lightly golden, but not cooked through.
- Add butter to the pot, followed by the flour. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir chicken broth, milk and wine into the pot and mix until flour is incorporated into the liquid. Stir curry powder and broccoli into the pot and cover with the lid.
- Set Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 4 minutes and allow to pressure to release naturally or wait at least 5 minutes after cooking to release it manually.
- Stir cheeses, lemon juice and sour cream into the chicken and broccoli until cheese is melted and serve over rice or pasta.