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    Hearty, comforting, and indulgent, this chicken cordon bleu casserole is one delicious family meal. Simple to make, this creamy and cheesy baked pasta dish is loaded with flavor, and will be a family favorite!

    easy chicken cordon bleu casserole

    Classic chicken cordon bleu gets a facelift with this delicious casserole recipe.

    Cooked chicken and ham are baked with pasta in a rich cheesy cream sauce and are topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. It’s a perfect hassle-free family dinner that requires minimal hands-on cooking time, which is needed after a long and busy day.

    Hearty and filling easy dinner recipe, every bite is truly delicious, and this is one dish that the whole family will love.

    Be sure to try my Chicken and Rice Casserole and Squash Casserole too!

    Why you will love this chicken cordon bleu casserole recipe!

    • Hearty: This is a really filling casserole that’s sure to warm your soul and leave everyone feeling full and satisfied.
    • Great for a crowd: This recipe will easily serve 6, so it’s a great option if you have lots of hungry mouths to feed. It’s also great to bring to a potluck church lunch.
    • Make ahead: The leftovers keep really well and are easily reheated. Make it once and enjoy it twice!
    close up image of chicken cordon bleu casserole on a plate

    Ingredients

    • Pasta: Most pasta or egg noodles will work well in this recipe. Rigatoni, fusilli, penne, or bow tie are all great choices.
    • Cream: Heavy whipping cream produces the best flavor and richest results. You can use half and half for a lighter dish if you prefer.
    • Cream cheese: Cream cheese helps to make the sauce nice and thick. Use full fat for the best results, though you can use low fat.
    • Swiss cheese: Shredded Swiss is mixed into the casserole and also added to the top before baking for one cheesy dish.You could also use white cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese if you prefer.
    • Seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
    • Chicken: Use sliced cooked chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken for this recipe. You can buy ready cooked from the store, or use this baked chicken recipe.
    • Ham: Cubed cooked ham is mixed into the casserole for that cordon bleu flavor. You can use leftover ham or store-bought ham.
    • Breadcrumbs: Use fine or panko breadcrumbs to finish the casserole before it’s baked for a crispy topping.
    ingredients for chicken cordon bleu bake

    How to make chicken cordon bleu casserole – Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 350° F and grease the bottom of a casserole dish with a couple of tablespoons butter. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
    • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat and melt heavy cream and cream cheese over medium-high heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup Swiss cheese, onion powder, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper until blended.
    • Drain pasta and transfer to a casserole dish. Stir in cooked chicken and ham. Pour in chicken cordon bleu sauce to the baking dish and toss the mixture to coat.
    • Sprinkle the remaining cheese and the bread crumbs on top. Bake, uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until heated through.
    • Garnish with green onions and chopped cooked bacon (optional). Serve warm.
    process images of making cordon bleu casserole

    What is chicken cordon bleu?

    Traditional chicken cordon bleu is ham and cheese slices rolled into a pounded chicken breast. It is then coated in breadcrumbs and pan or deep-fried. It’s a traditional French dish that was first made with veal. This casserole uses the elements and flavors of this classic dish.

    How long does it keep?

    I love making big casseroles like this so that we can enjoy them later in the week for an easy dinner. Once baked, let the casserole cool completely before covering it with plastic wrap or transferring it to an airtight container and keeping it refrigerated. The dish keeps well for up to 4 days and can be reheated in the oven at 360F, covered with foil, for around 15 to 20 minutes till warmed through.

    plated chicken cordon bleu bake with pasta

    What do you serve it with?

    This easy chicken cordon bleu casserole is really hearty and filling, and can easily be served by itself. I like to serve this high-protein meal with a side of veggies to add some goodness to the plate. Try it with:

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips for the Best Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake

    • Cook the pasta al dente. If you overcook it the pasta will become mushy as it will continue to cook in the oven.
    • Toss all of the ingredients together well so that everything is well coated in the creamy sauce.
    • You can use reduced fat cream cheese and half and half to reduce calories and fat, but use full fat for the best tasting results.
    • Make this cordon bleu casserole gluten-free by using your favorite gluten-free pasta. You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs, or omit them.
    • For a low carb option, use a low carb substitute for pasta.
    • Thawed green peas (optional): You can also add some thawed green peas just before baking.
    cordon bleu bake with pasta

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    Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

    Hearty, comforting and indulgent, this chicken cordon bleu casserole is one delicious family meal. Simple to make, this creamy and cheesy baked pasta dish is loaded with flavor, and will be a firm family favorite!
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 881kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat the oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
    • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat heavy cream and cream cheese over medium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup Swiss cheese, onion powder, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper until blended.
    • Drain pasta and transfer to a casserole dish. Stir in cooked chicken and ham. Add sauce and toss to coat.
    • Sprinkle the remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs on top. Bake, uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until heated through.
    • Garnish with green onions and chopped cooked bacon (optional). Serve warm.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Cook the pasta al dente. If you overcook it the pasta will become mushy as it will continue to cook in the oven.
    • Toss all of the ingredients together well so that everything is well coated in the creamy sauce.
    • You can use reduced fat cream cheese and half and half to reduce calories ad fat, by use full fat for the best tasting results.
    • Make this dish gluten-free by using your favorite GF pasta. You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs, or omit them.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 881kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1919IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine French
    Keyword baked chicken pasta casserole, chicken cordon blue recipe ideas, pasta chicken codon bleu casserole
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