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chicken cordon bleu macaroni and cheese in glass casserole dish

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac and Cheese

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac and Cheese is the ultimate pairing of two comfort food dishes - the fancy chicken cordon bleu (chicken breasts stuffed with ham and cheese) and macaroni and cheese!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Chicken, Entree, Pasta
Cuisine American, French
Servings 8 people
Calories 501 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup ham chopped
  • 5 tablespoon butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese chopped
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese shredded
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs seasoned
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated

Directions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same pot you cooked the pasta, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Whisk in the all purpose flour until you can no longer see clumps of flour. Slowly pour in a little chicken stock and whisk until there are no lumps of flour. Continue pouring in chicken stock while whisking. Whisk in the milk.
  • Whisk frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Stir in the onion powder, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the Gruyere and Swiss until melted.
  • Stir in the pasta, followed by the chicken and the ham. Mix until combined.
  • Transfer mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • In the same pot you cooked everything in, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. Add in the seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture gets just a little bit of color and the butter is absorbed into it.
  • Spread the bread crumbs over the chicken cordon bleu macaroni and cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Substitutions: use a store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking and shredding your own. Replace deli ham with a chopped (cooked) ham steak. Replace elbow noodles with penne or your favorite pasta noodle. 
  • Make Ahead: the dish can be prepared (leave off the bread crumbs until ready to bake) and refrigerated for 3 days before cooking. Let warm up on the counter for 30-45 minutes before baking as directed above. 
  • Freezing: let dish cool completely then transfer to a container and freeze for up to 3 months. 
  • Serve with: green salad, buttered peas, roasted broccoli, Italian green beans, etc. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 501kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 28gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 851mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 401IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 425mgIron: 2mg

Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.

Keyword chicken cordon bleu pasta, chicken macaroni and cheese
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