How to Cook Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

by πŸ’‹β€οΈDiana β€οΈπŸ’‹

Comfort food at its best!!

Supplies

  • 1 Rotisserie chicken, meat shredded or cubed
  • Β½ Pounds Honey ham ,thinly sliced
  • ΒΎ Pounds Swiss cheese,thinly sliced
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh squeezed lemon
  • Lemon zest of one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • Β½ Teaspoons Paprika
  • ΒΌ Teaspoons Pepper
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 5 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 1 Β½ Cups Italian style Panko bread crumbs
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I just love the web it is full of wonderful blogs and great cooks that don't mind sharing their recipes. This is one of them. It is one of my family's fav. Slightly adapted from "tastykitchen".Enjoy.

    Step 2

    The tasty stars

    Step 3

    Pre heat oven to 350F

    Step 4

    Butter your baking dish.

    Step 5

    Add your shredded chicken or if you prefer you can cube the chicken.☺️

    Step 6

    Then the ham.

    Step 7

    Place your cheese slices right smack on top. Lets get ready to make the sauce.

    Step 8

    First things first, place the milk in a pot over medium heat. We need to get it hot.

    Step 9

    In a different pot over medium low heat add your butter. Let this melt, as soon as this melts we will add the flour.

    Step 10

    Time for the flour. Throw your flour in the pan with the butter

    Step 11

    Start whisking immediately and wait for it to be bubbly and creamy.

    Step 12

    As soon as the flour and butter bubbles , we will add the hot milk. Add it slowly and whisk it in quickly. We don't want lumps here, now do we?

    Step 13

    I'm whisking away. Ah see, no lumps. We will now add the lemon zest. This adds a lemony flavor.

    Step 14

    Add the Dijon mustard

    Step 15

    The paprika

    Step 16

    My secret ingredient...swiss Cheese.. Add as little or as much as you want . This takes this dish to another level .πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    Step 17

    The cheese melts right into the sauce. Like omg .. I die😍😍

    Step 18

    Time to add the salt. Since the cheese has quite a bit of salt in it , add the teaspoon of salt in sparingly until you find the right amount that suits you. Or leave it out your choice .πŸ˜€

    Step 19

    Add pepper.

    Step 20

    Here is a little trick when the sauce is done and it has cooled down a bit take a small amount in a dish and add the lemon juice to it. Stir it in. See no issues with curdling😁😁

    Step 21

    See how I did it. Don't be alarmed with the white specks on the spoon, that's the cheese that hasn't melted yet. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ add it back to the sauce and stir it in well. This adds FLAVOR..

    Step 22

    Remove the lemon zest before adding it to the casserole.

    Step 23

    Pour the sauce over the cheese.

    Step 24

    See me do it.

    Step 25

    Now lets do the topping. Add butter to a pan and melt it. You can also do this in the microwave.

    Step 26

    Add the Panko and stir it in well

    Step 27

    I'm making sure each Panko piece has BUTTER..yesss

    Step 28

    Sprinkle the topping all over the sauce.

    Step 29

    I am putting a lot on cause its sooo good!,πŸ˜›πŸ˜›

    Step 30

    Now it's ready for the oven. Bake it uncovered in a 350 degree pre-heated oven until the topping is browned and the sauce is bubbly about 45 minutes or less depends on your oven.

    Step 31

    Hee hee..I have to feed my freezer.. For those lazy nights in the summer when i don't feel like cooking. You should too. I make double of everything.woohooπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

    Step 32

    Yum, so creamy,rich ,tasty and ohhhh so good. I hope you try.πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ™