Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is an EXCELLENT low carb casserole! Practically perfect in every way. The flavors go so well together, make a lot! It will go fast!
I really mean that! I had planned to make half a batch for Dave and I. Then the kids came over so there were five hungry adults. A 13 x 9 baking dish needed to happen. I’m so glad it did! Our ravening hoard devoured its way deep into that full casserole dish. I hardly had any left for photographs! The last time that happened it was Bruschetta Ham Casserole. Another family favorite Using my homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes. So good!!
This Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole recipe got buried under the other hundred or so recipes I plan to share with you someday. I unearthed this gem last week and finally got it made! The flavor factor of this casserole is so good! Ham and chicken taste great together. The salty, seasoned ham lends quite a boost to the less expensive and healthier, chicken. Together they make a great flavor team. Now add tortillas, a great sauce and Jarlsburg cheese. Top the whole thing with my favorite topping ever. TADA! Seriously good low carb food!
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My hubby, I may have mentioned before, is not keen on chicken. At least not on eating them. He loves his little flock of hens. We will never eat one of his hens. Ever! Store bought is a tough sell…because he thinks of his girls. So, occasionally I buy chicken and just muscle it onto the menu. It’s a delicious, healthy meat. Once in a while, it’s going on the table! He’s long-suffering about it if I don’t do it too often. Canned chicken is easiest to get by with. He hates seeing whole chickens in the freezer! He will eat chicken disguised in casseroles, like this one. He LOVED this one! So, if you’re wondering why you don’t see a lot of chicken recipes on this blog….
Back to the recipe! Jarlsburg cheese is very similar to swiss, but not so pungent. I love Jarlsburg for its buttery mild flavor. It melts really well too! I use Jarlsburg in fondue instead of Swiss cheese too!
Recipes notes on Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole:
I used canned chicken. I’m lazy that way. Costco has really big cans of chicken. To make this large casserole required three 12. 5 oz. cans! I was planning a small casserole in an 8 x 8 pan at the time. Doubling the recipe made canned chicken an expensive choice!
Cooking up a well seasoned, organic whole chicken is healthier. I hate boiling and deboning chicken. It’s a slimy, messy process. It’s way better for you and your budget though. So Please use organic whole chicken, cooked and deboned 🙂 If you are using a whole bird; cook and cool it a day ahead to cut your work. Make a nice chicken soup too, so it’s worth it! You might want two birds if you do that! You will want to reserve about a cup of chicken broth for your sauce, or use store-bought. I reserved and used all the juice from my canned chicken.
Here’s what I did:
- Make the sauce and set aside.
- Opened three large cans of chicken (reserving the juice).
- Sliced off a few thin slices of our black forest ham and chopped them into one inch squares
- Sliced several thin pieces of Jarlsburg cheese.
- Tore several tortillas and layered them into the bottom of the greased casserole dish.
- spread two cans of the shredded chicken over the tortillas
- Spread the ham pieces over the chicken
- Lay the jarlsburg cheese in flat sections over the chicken/ham.
- Repeat the layer using one can of chicken, and the remaining ham and Jarlsburg.
- Spread almost all the sauce over the layers. Top with topping and pour the remaining sauce over part of the top.
- Garnish with bruschetta spices and bake.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is an EXCELLENT casserole! Practically perfect in every way.
- 3 12.5 oz. Cans shredded chicken or a deli chicken or cooked whole chicken deboned and shredded
- 2 Cups ham, deli ham or whole sliced ham is fine
- 6 tortillas
- 2 Cups jarlesburg cheese, thinly sliced and chopped in large flat sections
- (For the sauce)
- 1/2 Cup butter
- 1/2 Cup flour
- 3 Cups milk
- 1 Cup chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 Tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 Tablespoon bruschetta seasonings
- (For the topping)
- 1 1/2 Cups crushed focaccia croutons
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease 9 x 3 baking dish
- Lay 1/2 the tortillas in a single layer in the baking dish
- Spread 1/2 chicken in the bottom of the dish evenly
- Spread 1/2 ham over the chicken
- Lay 1/2 the cheese over the ham
- Repeat layer
Make the sauce:
- Over medium heat melt 1/2 Cup butter in a two quart pan
- Add the flour and whisk until it blends and bubbles
- Add the in the milk and chicken broth and whisk until a sauce begins to form, about 10 minutes
- Add in the lemon juice, dijon and seasonings and whisk until thoroughly blended and the sauce is the consistency of loosely thickened, pourable sauce
- Spread the sauce over the casserole. Spread the croutons over the top of the casserole
- Bake 45 minutes uncovered
Amount Per Serving Calories 601Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 143mgSodium 1352mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 45g
Recipe source : ThatsSomeGoodCookin.com