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Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

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The Best Creamy Chicken, Ham, and Swiss cheese casserole layered on top of stuffing and topped off with crispy buttery Panko bread crumbs. It’s a delicious easy to make meal the entire family will love!

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole with a serving on a white plate.

I am a grandma with young married children, and their family’s, that I worry about! I see the challenges they face, and I’m concerned about them, and all the young families out there, trying their best to make ends meet. The price of groceries are rising at an alarming rate! Budgets are becoming increasingly tight! Finding well balanced meals that fit into those budgets is becoming harder and harder!

One of my primary goals here at Norine’s Nest is to create delicious easy recipes that fit into your budget and fill the tummies of those you love! Recipes that will stand the test of time. Because one thing is certain…this isn’t the first time inflation has buckled our knees, and sadly, it won’t be the last!

Serving of Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole.

Knowing ingredients, and how they work together, is helpful in situations like the one we’re facing right now. It allows me to visualize and create recipes! Recipes like this Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole.

This casserole is 100% comfort food at it’s best! It doesn’t use any canned soups! You can use leftover ham, or a package of chopped ham from the deli section of your grocery store. The chicken can be rotisserie or canned. A package of inexpensive stove top stuffing is the foundation of this casserole. Best part about this casserole? It has all the flavors of your favorite Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe…only baked in a casserole!

How To Make the BEST Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

What Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 (6 ounce) package Chicken Stove Top Stuffing Mix
  • 1 ½ cups water (for stuffing)
  • 1/4 cup butter (for stuffing)
  • 2 cup shredded or cubed chicken
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 8 sandwich slices of Swiss Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (1 Tablespoon reserved for Panko topping)
  • 3 Tablespoon flour
  • 1½ C milk
  • 1½ teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1½ Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ C grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Make the stuffing per the package directions. Bring 1½ cups of water and 1/4 cup butter to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Stir in stuffing mix; cover. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and set aside.

Stuffing mix ingredients in a sauce pan with boiling water and butter.

How to Make Creamy Mustard Sauce for Chicken Cordon Bleu

One of the things that sets this Cordon Bleu Casserole apart from others is this special Mustard Parmesan sauce! Yes it takes a little extra effort to create…but it is loaded with flavor! It compliments the chicken and ham better than any can of soup ever could.

In a medium sauce pan melt 3 Tablespoons of butter. Add 3 Tablespoons of flour. Whisk until combined.

TIP: This is creating a “Roux” for your cream sauce that will go over the ingredients of the casserole.

Flour and butter in sauce pan being whisked to combine.

Slowly stir in 1½ cups of milk. Continue stirring over medium heat until mixture thickens. It will, and should resemble a white country gravy, maybe a tad thinner.

Chicken Cream Sauce in medium sauce pan.

Add 1½ teaspoon chicken bouillon granules, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1½ Dijon Mustard, and 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir into creamy sauce until well combined.

TIP: You can omit the salt if you are on a low sodium diet! There is plenty of seasoning in this dish!

Ingredients of Cream Sauce.

Add 3/4 cup grated Parmesan! Yep! You can use the powdery stuff with the green lid! (Gasp! Clutching my chest! I actually gave you the okay to use that Parmesan Powder! However you can also use real shredded Parmesan Cheese and save ol’ Julia from rolling over in her grave!)

Adding Parmesan Cheese to sauce.

Continue to stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. Turn heat off and set aside while you combine the ingredients for the casserole. The sauce will thicken slightly, but won’t need to be reheated.

Cream Sauce in a ladle in the sauce pan.

Assembling Chicken and Ham Casserole

Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish, or a 3.5 quart casserole dish, with non-stick cooking spray!

Spread the prepared stuffing mix into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish!

Stuffing spread in the bottom of a casserole dish.

Add 2 cups shredded, or cubed, chicken. Sprinkle it on top of the prepared stuffing. You can also use canned chicken if you have some in your food storage! I love to use my bagged Costco Chicken meat that I prepare myself and freeze!

Tip: I’ve shared this tip on my Instagram Tip Saving Tuesday’s. I purchase 4-5 rotisserie chickens every couple of months. They sell them for around $5.00 a piece. The chickens are loaded with tender juicy cooked chicken! Perfect for plucking off the bone and freezing in smaller portions in freezer bags!

Chicken spread on top of stuffing in casserole dish.

Top with 2 cups of cubed ham!

TIP: I purchase my boneless ham from Costco and slice it up and freeze it in smaller bags! You can use a Ham Steak or the pre-cubed ham from the wall deli of your favorite market.

Top chicken with cubed ham.

Pour the creamy Parmesan Mustard sauce that you set aside, over the top of the stuffing, chicken, and ham. This creamy sauce is key to bringing an added depth of flavor to this casserole! The subtle hints of mustard are superb!

Creamy Mustard Sauce over the top of the stuffing, chicken, and ham.

Lay slices of Swiss cheese on top of creamy sauce.

Tip: You can substitute sliced cheese with 2 cups of grated Swiss cheese. As you can tell from the photo… I used what I had on hand! Baby Swiss and Regular Swiss. It worked! This is after all…a budget friendly recipe. Part of good budgeting is to use what you have on hand before it goes bad!

Slices of Swiss cheese on top of the casserole.

Finishing off Casserole and Baking Instructions

Preheat your oven to 325°.

In a small microwave safe dish… melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds on high! Add 1/3 C Panko Crumbs. Mix to combine! Sprinkle on top of cheese.

Place casserole in preheated oven. Bake for 50 minutes until cheese is melted, sauce is bubbling, and Panko crumbs are golden brown! Carefully remove from oven and serve!

Panko crumbs on top of cheese in casserole dish.

The topping should be a beautiful golden brown like the one in the photo below. You can substitute regular bread crumbs for the Panko crumbs if desired. I find the Panko crumbs most resemble that of the crispy coating of regular Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Brown Panko Topped Casserole.

Serve with a fresh garden salad, string beans, and my Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits for a complete and satisfying meal! Any leftovers…if you get so lucky…reheat beautifully for lunch the next day! I’m all about using up leftovers! No sense letting good food go to waste! (I suddenly sound just like my Grandmother! I’ve also noticed her skin on my body lately too! How is this happening?!!)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole served on a white plate.

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Yield: 8 servings

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole with a serving on a white plate.

The Best Creamy Chicken, Ham, and Swiss cheese casserole layered on top of stuffing and topped off with crispy buttery Panko bread crumbs. It's a delicious easy to make meal the entire family will love!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 ounce) package Chicken Stove Top Stuffing Mix
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter (for stuffing)
  • 2 cup shredded or cubed chicken
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 8 sandwich slices Swiss Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (1 Tablespoon reserved for Panko topping)
  • 3 Tablespoon flour
  • 1½ C milk
  • 1½ teaspoon chicken boullion granules
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¾ C grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish, or a 3.5 quart baking dish, with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare Stuffing mix per package directions using 1½ cups of water and 1/4 cup butter.
  3. In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat melt 3 Tablespoons of butter. Add 3 Tablespoons of flour. Whisk over medium heat until combined. Slowly add 1½ cups of milk, whisking while adding. Stir continuously until mixture thickens. Add salt, mustard, and worchestershire sauce. Continue mixing until smooth. Add pepper to taste. Add in 3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese. Mix until smooth and cheese is melted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  4. Spread stuffing in bottom of prepared casserole dish. Top with 2 cups chicken. Layer cubed ham on top of chicken. Pour Creamed Mustard and Parmesan sauce over the top of the meats and stuffing.
  5. Lay slices of Swiss cheese on top of the cream sauce. Overlapping if necessary.
  6. In a small microwave safe dish, melt 1 Tablespoon of butter, for 30 seconds in high. Add 1/3 cup Panko Crumbs. Stir until butter is absorbed into Panko crumbs. Scatter Panko crumbs on top of Swiss Cheese. Bake for 50 minutes in preheated oven, until golden brown and creamy sauce is bubbling!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1169mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g

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