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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is a delicious spin on the layered ham, cheese, and chicken dinner. Made with a creamy lemon butter sauce infused with tangy dijon mustard and smoked paprika; this dinner has a rich flavor that everyone will love.

Cheesy chicken cordon bleu casserole is one of our favorite dinners. The ham and cheese liven up the mild chicken, and the crunchy, toasted breadcrumbs provide a satisfying texture and balance out the creamy consistency of the dish. This dinner is delicious with a fresh, homemade dinner roll, a side of roasted veggies, or a serving of our fresh green garden salad.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

How would you describe chicken cordon bleu?

Chicken cordon bleu is a versatile main dish consisting of chicken breasts pounded thin, and rolled with ham and Swiss cheese. The rolled ham, cheese and chicken is then breaded and either fried or baked in the oven.

This dish is usually covered in a creamy butter sauce and can be enjoyed with a wide variety of side dishes, including mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and honey skillet corn.

Is chicken cordon bleu made with blue cheese?

No, Blue cheese is not used in this dish. Chicken cordon bleu is traditionally made with either Swiss cheese or Gruyere. You can however, put your own twist on this recipe and change up the seasonings and the cheese if you prefer.

For our chicken cordon bleu casserole we selected Jarlesburg cheese which gave the dish the same nutty, buttery, and slightly sweet flavor. This cheese is similar to Swiss so it worked beautifully for this recipe.

What chicken is used in chicken cordon bleu?

Traditionally, chicken breasts are pounded thin and filled with ham and cheese, and then rolled into wheels before being fried or baked. Chicken breasts are best to use if you are making a traditional chicken cordon bleu, but, if you are making the chicken cordon bleu casserole you have some freedom in your choice of chicken.

Because our casserole version is a layered dish, rather than individual rolled wheels, you can use either chicken breast, shredded chicken, or even pre-made deli chicken. Turkey can also be used in place of the chicken if you prefer.

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What do you use to coat chicken cordon bleu?

This dish is usually coated with breadcrumbs and then fried or baked in the oven. However, you can change up what you use for a coating very easily. For our recipe we used crushed focaccia croutons, which added a wonderful herb flavor to the dish.

Here are some other ideas that you can use to top your baked chicken cordon bleu casserole.

  • Select your favorite seasoned breadcrumbs as is the traditional topping
  • Crush up croutons to sprinkle over the top
  • Make your own topping by toasting stale bread seasoned and crushed up
  • Do a cornflake topping
  • Use boxed turkey stuffing

Is chicken cordon bleu keto approved?

Traditional chicken cordon bleu would not be considered keto approved without some adjustments to the recipe. The dish could be prepared as a layered casserole like we did, but, even our recipe would need to be changed up a bit as the tortillas would not work for keto.

To make an easy keto chicken cordon bleu casserole, simply omit the tortillas and change up the topping. Rather than a breaded topping you could add extra cheese and bake it until crusty. You could also top with a seasoned riced cauliflower which would toast up wonderfully for a delicious crust.

What is cordon bleu sauce made of?

A traditional cordon bleu sauce is made with butter, garlic, flour, and milk for a creamy base; parmesan cheese, dijon mustard, and herbs are then added to infuse a deep, rich flavor. We made our sauce with fresh lemon juice and smoked paprika for a bright, smoky note that elevates the chicken cordon bleu casserole.

This sauce comes together very easily and is well worth the time spent. Using fresh ingredients to make a homemade sauce will always deliver a better sauce than any store bought variety.

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What do you serve with chicken cordon bleu?

This casserole dinner is very versatile and can be enjoyed either alone as a delicious, quick meal, or served with sides for a full, well rounded dinner. We love this casserole with a side of fresh salad or steamed veggies, but here are some other ideas for you to serve alongside.

Recipes notes on chicken cordon bleu casserole

Cooking up a well seasoned, organic whole chicken is healthier than canned, so please use organic whole chicken, cooked and deboned if you are able. We recommend cooking and cooling it a day ahead to save time and reduce your work when assembling the casserole.

Making a casserole with a whole chicken will give you the ability to make a delicious chicken soup too, so it’s worth it!

How to make chicken cordon bleu casserole

  • Prepare the sauce and set aside
  • Open three large cans of chicken reserving the juice, or measure out your fresh prepared chicken meat and some chicken broth
  • Slice off a few thin slices of black forest ham and chop them into one inch squares
  • Slice several thin pieces of Jarlesburg cheese
  • Tear several tortillas and layer them into the bottom of a large greased casserole dish
  • Spread two cans of the shredded chicken over the tortillas
  • Spread the ham pieces over the chicken
  • Lay the Jarlesburg cheese in flat sections over the chicken and ham
  • Repeat the layer using one can of chicken, and the remaining ham and Jarlesburg
  • Spread almost all the sauce over the layers and sprinkle with breading topping and pour the remaining sauce over the top
  • Garnish with bruschetta spices and bake
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Yield: 12 servings

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease 9 x 13 baking dish
  3. Lay 1/2 the tortillas in a single layer in the baking dish
  4. Spread 1/2 chicken in the bottom of the dish evenly
  5. Spread 1/2 ham over the chicken
  6. Lay 1/2 the cheese over the ham
  7. Repeat layer

Make the sauce:

  1. Over medium heat melt 1/2 Cup butter in a two quart pan
  2. Add the flour and whisk until it blends and bubbles
  3. Add the in the milk and chicken broth and whisk until a sauce begins to form, about 10 minutes
  4. Add in the lemon juice, dijon and seasonings and whisk until thoroughly blended and the sauce is the consistency of loosely thickened, pourable sauce
  5. Spread the sauce over the casserole. Spread the croutons over the top of the casserole
  6. Bake 45 minutes uncovered

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 601Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 143mgSodium 1352mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 45g

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Friday 11th of August 2023

Looks good and on the menu for this week! Two questions, can I use sliced ham or does it need to be cubed! You mentioned a 9 x 3 baking dish. Did you mean 9x13?


Friday 11th of August 2023

Hi Peachee, You could arrange shredded chicken, like shredded rotisserie chicken, evenly in the casserole per instructions, or cube the meat into 1/2 inch cubes if you have a thicker pieces. And yes, the pan size should be 9 x 13. thanks for pointing that out. I'll correct that. Have a wonderful day!

April J Harris (@apriljharris)

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

Stumbled, pinned and tweeting! Thank you for sharing this wonderful casserole recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. It sounds delicious!


Thursday 11th of February 2016

Oh heavens, how yummy is that!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!


Thursday 11th of February 2016

Tara, This is a tasty casserole. I love how it came together. Thank you!

Divya @ Divya's Culinary Journey

Thursday 11th of February 2016

This looks so good! Such a comforting meal!


Thursday 11th of February 2016

Thank you Divya!

Debi at Life Currents

Thursday 11th of February 2016

What a fun recipe! So creative! I haven't had chicken codon bleu in years, and this makes me want it!


Thursday 11th of February 2016

I love the flavor of this recipe, Debi. It's really yums!

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