There’s no need to boil the pasta! Just dump-and-bake for this easy 10-minute Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole!
The creamy Swiss cheese pasta is loaded with chicken and ham, and finished with a buttery breadcrumb topping. It’s a one-dish meal that your family will adore!
When I was testing recipes for this year’s Easter ham, I found myself with a lot of leftover meat in the freezer!
Ham sandwiches are delicious, but I needed to get a bit more creative if I was going to work my way through our entire stash. Like magic, my mind dreamed up this concoction…and it’s a keeper!
I took the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu from my childhood, and I gave it a dump-and-bake makeover. Yes, ma’am!
You know that I love cooking this way, because it takes all of the prep work out of mealtime. My family can enjoy the delicious benefits of a homemade meal, but I don’t have to slave over a hot stove.
In this case, I’ve eliminated the need to pound chicken breasts flat, to roll them with toothpicks around ham and Swiss cheese, or to coat them with breadcrumbs. Nope, I’m not doing any of that!
Instead, I’m dumping the ingredients into one dish, popping it in the oven, and going on about my business. Because I’ve got LOTS of other business to attend to (namely, three little boys who all demand my attention at the exact same time).😉
Shall I walk you through this?
You’ll start by whisking together the liquid: chicken stock or broth, a family-size jar of your favorite store-bought (or homemade) Alfredo sauce, and a little bit of wine (only if you like it). I’ve made this dish without the wine and it’s absolutely perfect, so no harm in leaving that ingredient out! You can just use additional broth instead of the booze.
Once your sauce is stirred together, you’ll add an entire box of uncooked rotini pasta,
a cup of leftover ham, a cup of diced chicken, and some grated Swiss cheese.
I used equal amounts of ham and chicken here, but you can certainly go with just one or the other (depending on what you have on hand). For instance, if you have a plethora of leftover ham, you can use 2 cups of the ham and omit the chicken entirely. Again, it’s up to you!
When all of your ingredients are combined in the dish, it will look like this (i.e., a lot of liquid)!
But don’t worry! Once you cover the dish tightly and bake it in the oven, the pasta will absorb most of the liquid.
The sauce will be thick and creamy, and you’ll finish off your Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole during the final few minutes with a sprinkling of buttered breadcrumbs.
See? I managed to include all of the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu flavors into one easy dump-and-bake dish.
You’ve got the chicken, the ham, the Swiss, and the breading…but none of the labor! It’s the updated, busy-mom’s version of a classic, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!
DUMP-AND-BAKE CHICKEN CORDON BLEU CASSEROLE
Dump-and-Bake Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- 1 22 ounce jar Alfredo sauce (about 2 ½ cups)
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup white wine or substitute with an additional 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1 16 ounce package uncooked rotini pasta
- 1 cup grated Swiss cheese divided
- 1 cup diced cooked chicken
- 1 cup diced cooked ham
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs combined with 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Garnish: fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together Alfredo sauce, chicken broth, and wine until completely smooth and combined.
- Stir in the uncooked pasta, ½ cup of cheese, chicken, and ham. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove dish from the oven and give it a stir. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
- Once pasta is al dente and the sauce has thickened, sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheese over the top, and finish with a layer of buttered breadcrumbs.
- Bake uncovered for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are golden brown.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
Cooking for a Smaller Family? Cut the ingredients in half and bake the casserole in an 8-inch square pan. The cooking instructions and the baking time remain the same.