Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- 12 ounces fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts or cutlets (see "Tips for Preparing Ingredients" section below)
- 4 ounces sliced deli ham
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Creamy Mustard Sauce:
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Prepare an 8x8 inch baking dish.
- Cut the chicken into 1/2-inch pieces, and cut the ham into 1/2-inch strips. Pat both dry with paper towels if wet. Distribute the ham in the baking dish.
- Cook the chicken pieces in a large pan over medium heat until cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer only the chicken to the baking dish, leaving any liquid in the pan.
- In a small saucepan, add all mustard sauce ingredients. Stir together over medium heat. Once it starts to simmer, turn off the heat.
- Distribute swiss cheese, peas, and sauce in the baking dish. Use a spatula to scrape down the saucepan to get every last bit of the creamy goodness. Stir everything directly in the dish until well-mixed.
- Evenly top with cheddar cheese. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake at 375 F until heated through and starting to brown on top, about 30 minutes. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it.
|Makes 4 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Calories 480 (55% from fat)|
|Total Fat 29g||45%|
|Saturated Fat 18g||88%|
|Net Carb 4.5g|
|Total Carb 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||6%|
What Is Chicken Cordon Bleu?
Cordon bleu is a Swiss dish where meat-wrapped cheese is breaded and fried. The meat can be pork, veal, or chicken, and it’s usually pounded thin to make it easier to wrap.
The term cordon bleu means “blue ribbon” in French, referring to a ribbon worn by members belonging to the highest order of knighthood. In the culinary sense, it’s likely referring to exceptional food prepared to a high standard.
There are a lot of variations of this dish, and mine is a convenient casserole version with boneless chicken breast pieces and strips of sliced ham. No breading or frying. The meat is mixed with peas, shredded cheese, and a lovely cream sauce with a slight mustard flavor (borrowed from my roasted pork tenderloin recipe).
Tips For Preparing Ingredients
The chicken breasts should be cut into small pieces, about 1/2 inch chunks, so that they can be spread more uniformly throughout the casserole. This also reduces the chance that you’ll eat a bite of casserole that’s entirely chicken.
It may save a bit of prep time to buy chicken breasts that are not whole but instead are thinly sliced, which are often labeled as “cutlets” or “tenders” in grocery stores. Then you’ll only have to cut the chicken in two dimensions instead of three. This will also help ensure that your resulting chicken pieces are not too thick.
If you have frozen chicken, it should be completely thawed before using in this recipe. If you have pre-cooked chicken, that’s a great time saver. Cut it into small pieces and add them directly to the casserole.
I use deli-style ham that’s been pre-sliced, which can be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store next to other sandwich meats.
Swiss and cheddar cheeses can be pre-shredded or freshly shredded. The parmesan cheese is the finely grated kind with a sand-like texture, not shredded.
In the recipe, I provide weight measurements in ounces as well as approximate volume estimates in cups in parentheses. I always cook by weight because it produces more consistent results.
This recipe yields a relatively thin casserole that measures 8×8 inches. It divides into four square servings that are sized as dinner portions.
The casserole will be very hot coming out of the oven, and it’s easiest to cut into it after it’s cooled down for about 10 minutes. The individual casserole servings will also keep their shape and hold together better after they have cooled a bit.