Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Welcome to a comforting twist on a gourmet classic with our Simplified Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. This dish marries the refined tastes of the traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu with the heartwarming familiarity of a baked casserole. Prepare yourself for a delightful blend of tender chicken and ham enveloped in a creamy, cheesy sauce, all topped with a crispy breadcrumb crust.

Updated Ingredients List:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock, low sodium preferred
  • 2 tsp sherry for cooking
  • 1 tbsp smooth Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • ¼ tsp thyme, dried
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or white cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups of cooked, shredded or diced chicken
  • 8 oz diced ham
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs for a crisp finish
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter for the breadcrumbs

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat Your Oven: Warm up your oven to 350°F (175°C). Apply a light coat of butter or cooking spray to a 9×13 inch casserole dish.
  2. Craft the Creamy Sauce: Over medium heat, melt the 2 tbsp of unsalted butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour to form a smooth paste and cook for about a minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and chicken stock, continuing to whisk until the mixture thickens into a sauce. Incorporate the sherry, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, granulated garlic, dried thyme, black pepper, and sea salt, letting the sauce simmer briefly before removing from heat.
  3. Cheese Mix Preparation: Combine both types of cheese in a separate bowl, setting aside half for the final layer and blending the other half into the warm sauce until smooth.
  4. Layering the Casserole: Distribute the chicken and ham evenly across the base of your prepared dish. Pour the sauce over the top, ensuring even coverage.
  5. Topping: Stir the melted butter into the Panko breadcrumbs for added richness, then scatter this mixture over the sauce before topping with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake to Perfection: Place the casserole in the oven, baking for about 25 to 30 minutes or until you see a golden crust form and the sauce bubbles at the edges.
  7. Ready to Enjoy: Let the casserole stand for a few minutes after baking for easier serving. This dish combines all the cherished flavors of Chicken Cordon Bleu in a format that’s both easy to prepare and a joy to share.

Final Thoughts:

This Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole brings a touch of gourmet to everyday dining, blending creamy, cheesy goodness with the comforting textures of a home-baked casserole. It’s a recipe that proves elegance doesn’t have to be complicated, offering a perfect dish for dinners, gatherings, or any time you crave something special. Enjoy the layered flavors and textures that make this casserole a new classic in your culinary repertoire.