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!
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.
Recipe source : ThatsSomeGoodCookin.com