Chicken cordon bleu casserole has all the flavor of the French classic chicken dish but without any of the work. Just layers of cooked chicken and ham baked in a creamy decadent cheese sauce and topped with a crispy panko topping. A dinner you can prep in just 15 minutes.
Try this Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Chicken casserole recipes don’t have to be boring, with just a few ingredients you can create a simple chicken dinner with all the flavors of a French Bistro. It’s a great way to use up leftover ham or turkey from a holiday meal and create a casserole that everyone, even the kids, will love.
Start with a rotisserie chicken(roast your own, or use leftover turkey) then add ham, (leftover or from the deli). Since the meat is already cooked, all you have to do is add a cheesy sauce and let it get all bubbly and crispy on top. It’s as easy as a poppy seed chicken casserole.
There’s no rolling, stuffing or frying in this version. You just layer and pop it in the oven. Similar to chicken divan but without the broccoli.
Serve this French inspired dish on it’s own, or over egg noodles or pasta. Just throw in a favorite salad and you have a dish that takes no time but is nice enough to serve for company.
With school back in session, we all need some easy dinners we can throw together. It’s also great as leftovers.
What is Chicken Cordon Bleu?
Chicken cordon bleu is made of thinly pounded chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese, which is then rolled up, breaded and pan or deep-fried. It is served with a mustard cream sauce. The casserole version captures all the flavors but not the steps.
What to Serve with this Recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Serve your chicken cordon bleu casserole with pasta or egg noodles, or any type of bread to soak up the sauce like buttermilk biscuits or buttery dinner rolls. If you’re keeping things lighter, it’s really great with steamed broccoli – the broccoli’s texture is perfect for dipping in extra sauce. Crispy roasted potatoes or cooked apples go wonderfully with the rich sauce.
Why You’ll Love Chicken with Ham and Cheese:
- It’s a great way to use up leftovers. Keep it in mind for after the holidays when you have leftover turkey or a honey baked ham.
- It’s super creamy and flavorful. The milk, Swiss and Parmesan cheese, along with Dijon mustard make the casserole ultra-creamy and flavorful. I love serving it with pasta, rice, or crusty bread to soak up any extra chicken cordon bleu sauce.
- It’s great for feeding a crowd. This easy casserole is creamy, filling, and super cozy – it’s comfort food at its best, and who doesn’t love a good casserole?
Dijon mustard is a key flavor in a classic chicken cordon bleu sauce, and I really think it’s an important ingredient for this casserole. Dijon mustard is pungent and made with white wine. It makes everything you use it in taste elevated and just a little more elegant.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe Ingredients
- Shredded Chicken – Cooked shredded chicken makes up the bulk of the casserole. Learn an easy kitchen hack for shredding chicken.
- Cooked ham – You can use any leftover holiday ham or buy a slab of ham from the deli counter. You could also use a package of pre-cut ham cubes, which are usually available near the deli section of the grocery store.
- Flour and butter – Cooking some flour with butter results in a roux which be used to thicken the sauce.
- Milk and chicken broth – Using a mixture of milk and chicken broth makes the sauce creamy and flavorful without being too rich.
- White wine – White wine adds a little acidity. You can skip it if you don’t have an open bottle or use a splash of lemon juice.
- Panko breadcrumbs – Panko gives the casserole a super airy and crisp topping. You could use plain breadcrumbs or crushed Ritz crackers if you don’t have panko.
- Swiss and parmesan cheese – Swiss cheese is traditional for chicken cordon bleu, and parmesan adds even more flavor.
- Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper – Dijon mustard is another traditional ingredient in chicken cordon bleu, and with the cayenne pepper, it adds great flavor and a little heat to the sauce.
How To Cook Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Step 1: Add the layers.
Add chicken and ham to the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
Step 2: Prepare the sauce.
Use a saucepan to melt the butter and add in the flour, whisking to combine and cooking for 1 minute. Gradually, whisk in milk and chicken broth. Simmer the sauce until it starts to thicken. Whisk in the mustard, cayenne pepper, and white wine, and season with salt to taste. Remove the sauce from the heat, and whisk in about half of the cheese. Stir to melt the cheese.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and ham.
Step 3: Make the topping.
In a medium bowl, combine the panko with some melted butter and stir with a fork. Add the rest of the cheese, and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
Step 4: Bake the casserole.
Bake uncovered for 35 minutes until it is bubbly and golden brown. Cool the casserole for a few minutes before serving.
How to Store Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
In the fridge: Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container for up to three days – you can also store it in the pan as long as you cover it with plastic wrap or foil.
In the freezer: Freeze any leftover casserole in an airtight container for up to three months, or cover the whole pan with plastic wrap and foil.
How to reheat: For best results re-heat it in the oven until heated through. You can use the microwave but the topping may not be crisp.
Chicken and Ham Casserole FAQs
Does chicken cordon bleu contain blue cheese?
Chicken cordon bleu doe not contain blue cheese, but uses Swiss or Gruyere. cordon bleu means blue ribbon which signifies a very high standard of cooking and has nothing to do with the type of cheese used.
Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?
Vegetable, chicken, or turkey broth would all work for this recipe. Broth from a box or can works great, but using a bouillon cube works just as well.
What can I do if the sauce is too thick?
If the sauce is too thick, add extra chicken broth. Keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools, so if it’s too thick in the pan, it will definitely be too thick once it cools to a safe temperature for eating. It should not be so thick that you can’t pour it.
What are some alternatives for panko breadcrumbs?
For this casserole, you could substitute crushed Ritz crackers for the breadcrumbs and still get a super buttery, crispy topping. You could skip the breadcrumbs and just top with cheese, or you could use crushed cornflakes or even potato chips.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- 2 cups chicken shredded, 2 chicken breasts
- ½ lb ham cooked and chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 tablespoon white wine (optional)
- 1 ½ cup swiss cheese shredded, 4 ounces
- ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Add cooked chicken and cooked ham to the bottom of the casserole dish.
- In a bowl combine the two cheeses.
- In a saucepan, melt butter and add flour, cooking for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and chicken broth, whisking until it starts to thicken. Add mustard, cayenne pepper, and white wine and season with salt to taste.
- Remove from heat and add ½ of the cheese mixture and stir until melted. Pour over the chicken and ham. Top with the remaining cheese.
- In a medium bowl combine panko and 2 tablespoons of melted butter and stir with a fork. Sprinkle over the casserole.
- Bake uncovered for 35 minutes until it is bubbly and golden brown. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Warm the milk in the microwave before adding to the sauce. It will speed things up.
- You can use leftover cooked turkey or ham.
- Try using Ritz crackers instead of panko bread crumbs.
- You can leave out the wine and add lemon juice instead.