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Chicken Divan is a chicken casserole usually served with broccoli, almonds, and Mornay sauce. It was named after the place of its invention, the Divan Parisien Restaurant in the New York Chatham Hotel where it was served as the signature dish in the early twentieth century. Its creator, a chef named Lagasi, created it as part of a contest, winning a small amount of money and creating the hotel's signature dish. In french, the word divan refers to a meeting place or great hall, and thus the name was chosen to imply a kind of continental elegance.
The dish is now commonly prepared with regular Parmesan cheese and remains one of the most classic American casserole dishes today. A "quick" version can be made with pre-cooked chicken breasts, prepared mayonnaise and canned soup. Some versions are topped with potato chips, in a manner similar to that of Funeral potatoes.
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