Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Phyllis Lawson

By
@zachsbiggestfan

I was asked to make a casserole for a family at our school who had lost a child - this big, warm, food-hug was one of the first things to pop in my mind. This dish looks labor intensive, but it's really so easy. I cut corners and used a cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, which made things even faster.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
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Serves:
6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
45 Min
Method:
Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Hearty and creamy, this casserole truly tastes like chicken cordon bleu but so much easier. I love the layering technique and the Panko topping gives this casserole a little crunch. The cream sauce brings all the flavors together. I used a deli chicken and this made this a cinch. An easy weeknight dinner your family will love. This will be a big hit at potlucks too!

Ingredients

1
chicken, cooked & shredded
1/2 lb
deli-style honey ham, thinly sliced
1/4 lb
baby Swiss, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp
butter
4 Tbsp
flour
3 c
whole milk - must be whole!
2 Tbsp
lemon juice, fresh
1 Tbsp
Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
smoked paprika
1/4 tsp
white pepper
1 1/2 c
Panko bread crumbs
4 Tbsp
butter, melted
1/2 tsp
seasoning salt
1 1/2 tsp
dried parsley

Step-By-Step

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1Preheat oven to 350. Butter the bottom and sides of a 13x9-in baking dish.

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2Cover the bottom of the baking dish with the cooked, shredded chicken.

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3Rough chop the ham and scatter that over the layer of chicken.

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4Layer the Swiss cheese on top of the ham and chicken.

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5TO MAKE THE SAUCE: Put the 4 tbsp of butter into a medium-sized pot and melt over medium heat. Quickly stir in the flour to make a roux.

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6Without browning the roux, once it is smooth & bubbly, slowly pour in the cold milk. Whisk briskly to make a smooth sauce. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens, and you can coat the back of a spoon.

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7Stir in the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, smoked paprika, and white pepper.

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8Bring the sauce to a low boil, then remove from heat.

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9Pour sauce evenly over the casserole, being mindful to get some of it around the edges of the pan.

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10TO MAKE THE TOPPING: Melt the last of your butter in the microwave in a medium sized bowl. Once melted, take the bowl out and stir in the Panko bread crumbs and dried parsley.

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11Layer over the top of your casserole.

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12Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, or until the topping has become golden brown and the casserole is bubbly. Let it sit about 5 minutes before serving. ENJOY!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #comfort-food