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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe – How to Make it in 23 Simple Steps

A close look at a chicken cordon bleu casserole.

With our recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, your family can enjoy the taste of this elite recipe on a weeknight. This recipe combines delicious chicken, savory ham, tart Swiss cheese, and a creamy sauce, topped with a herb seasoned breadcrumb mixture.

In many families, the word casserole has a negative connotation. Kids may wonder what is hidden under the layers of crumb topping and cream soup. However, our recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole will put to rest all of the snide comments and eye-rolls. Even the grumpiest teenager will ask for seconds on this delicious casserole.

A close look at a chicken cordon bleu casserole.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe

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Our recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole combines the savory flavor of ham with the tang of Swiss cheese in a creamy sauce. If you need a stick to your ribs casserole recipe that is filling as well as tasty, try this recipe one night this week.
Prep Time 25 mins
Baking Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings

Equipment

  • 4-Quart Casserol Dish
  • Saucepan
  • Pot
  • Wire whisk
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 8 pcs Chicken Tenders or 1/2 cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 pound Black Forest Ham chopped
  • 1/4 pound Shredded Swiss Cheese

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve Crushed Saltine Crackers
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning or 1 ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs for the crackers and seasoning
  • 1/2 stick Melted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 3 or 4-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken in a saucepan and fill the pot with water.
  • On medium heat, bring the water to a boil.
  • Put the lid on the pot and turn the heat off. Let the chicken sit in the hot water on the warm stove eye for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and shred it with your fingers. (Skip this step if you’re using a rotisserie chicken. Just shred the rotisserie chicken and use half of it.)
  • At the bottom of the casserole dish, spread the chicken in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken and cover it with the chopped ham.
    The shredded chicken and ham are mixed into one bowl.
  • Now you can prepare the sauce.
  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. To save on dishes, simply re-use the pot that you cooked the chicken in.
  • Just empty the chicken water, wipe it out with a paper towel, and use it as is.
  • Whisk the flour into the melted butter and cook it for about 60 seconds, whisking the whole time.
  • Slowly add the milk as you continue to stir it with your whisk to keep it from forming lumps.
    A pot with a mixture of butter, flour and milk.
  • Cook the sauce over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Don’t leave it unattended because milk-based mixtures scorch and bubble over easily.
  • After the mixture begins to boil, it will begin to thicken. Remove it from the heat and add the mustard, paprika, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Pour the finished sauce over the chicken, cheese, and ham in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • Crush the saltine crackers or put them through a food processor until they are finely crushed.
  • Add the Italian seasoning and the Parmesan cheese.
  • Stir in the melted butter with a fork until the butter is fully mixed into the crumbs.
  • If using breadcrumbs, simply stir them together with the butter and Parmesan cheese.
    The breadcrumbs and cheese mixed in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the sauce without stirring.
  • Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
    A freshly-baked batch of Chicken cordon bleu.

Notes

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a recipe of American origins, despite its European-sounding name. It is also a fairly recent recipe, having been developed in the 1960s. A typical dish of Chicken Cordon Bleu features a chicken breast pounded fairly thin and stuffed with sliced ham and Swiss cheese. The chicken is then breaded and fried.
The words “cordon bleu” refer to an order of knighthood in France. Cordon bleu literally means “blue ribbon” and the knights who wore a blue ribbon were of the highest skill. The implication is the Chicken Cordon Bleu is a recipe of superior quality and exhibits the tastes of the elite.
Unfortunately, classic Chicken Cordon Bleu is a little time-intensive for the average cook on a typical weeknight. Pounding chicken breasts thin, slicing them, stuffing them with meat and cheese, and then breading and frying them are not things that most people want to do after a long day of work. The nice thing about this recipe, however, is that you can enjoy the tastes of the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe without the time-intensive preparation.
In fact, if you are really pressed for time, you can use a few time-saving shortcuts. For instance, rather than poaching your chicken breasts, you can use a rotisserie chicken purchased at your local supermarket. Simply debone the chicken, shredding it with your hands. Instead of making the crumb topping from saltine crackers, you can use purchased Italian seasoned breadcrumbs.
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