What’s for dinner? Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

We went grocery shopping the other day and as we scanned over the assortment of burger patties, I spied an AMAZING deal on bone-in pre-cooked ham!

A big ol hunk of ham for less than $10!

I never did check to see why it was such a deal…none of us got sick, so that’s a good sign 😊 We baked it up and had a lovely dinner with some garlic smashers mixed with carrots and a lovely heap of kale salad.

So here I am left with a whole bunch of leftover cooked ham to use up, so a-Pinterest-browsing I did go.

Here’s what I made:

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

adapted from SkinnyMom.com

Ingredients:

Casserole:
1 lb cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded

4 cups cubed cooked ham (you could also used deli ham slices)

10 thinly sliced Swiss cheese (you could also used 2 cups of grated Swiss)

Sauce:

4 Tbsp light butter

4 Tbsp flour

3¼ cups milk

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1½ Tbsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp paprika

¼ tsp black pepper

Topping:

¼ cup butter

1½ cup Panko breadcrumbs

1½ tsp garlic powder

1½ tsp parsley

¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Line the bottom of the baking dish with shredded chicken. Next, sprinkle ham over the chicken. Lay the Swiss cheese on top of the ham.

For the sauce: Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large sauce pan. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Continue to whisk mixture while slowly adding milk — stir until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, whisk continuously.

Time Saving Tip: To make the thickening process go faster, heat milk in the microwave until it boils (about 2-3 minutes). Then slowly add to sauce pan, whisking as you pour.

Add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, paprika and pepper. Bring sauce to a low simmer again, whisk continuously. Once it has reached desired thickness, remove from heat and pour sauce evenly over the casserole.

For the topping: In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and stir in Panko breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley and pepper. Sprinkle topping mixture over the top of the casserole. Lightly mist top of casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 35 minutes until topping is golden brown.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Serve with rice, noodles or mashed potatoes with a healthy serving of veg. Yum, yum yum-o!

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