Friday, April 8, 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole



I have two recipes in my cookbook stash for this casserole but am not 100% pleased with either of them so yesterday I decided to see if I can change that. I did some tweaking and changing and will share the end result with you all. It is full of flavor and my family enjoyed it. ☺That always makes me happy!

I first made the croutons that I wanted to use which are so easy and lightly seasoned with Original Mrs. Dash and Garlic Salt and melted butter. I stick butter, 1 loaf  Italian wheat bread, cubed, seasonings to taste, bake at 350° till crunchy. See? Super easy!

What you'll need:
3 lbs. (approx.) chicken tenders
Runions Coating Mix
Butter, for frying
½-¾ lb. deli ham (I used turkey ham)
8 ounces shredded  Swiss cheese (I used Muenster because I didn't have Swiss and because the children don't enjoy that flavor).
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Paprika
1 (10½ oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
2/3 can milk

Trim the tenders and roll them in runions and fry lightly in butter. Just until done or almost done. They will have time to bake completely and over frying makes them tough. Cut into bite sized pieces with a kitchen scissors and put into a non stick sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish.

Mix together cream soup and 2/3 can milk and pour over chicken pieces.


Cut ham into bites sized pieces and layer on top of chicken mixture.


Shred cheese and layer over the ham.


Sprinkle with fresh parsley and Paprika.


For the topping:
5 cups croutons, or soft bread cubes
1 celery rib, finely diced
1- 2 Tablespoons, finely chopped onion
1½ cups milk
1 egg

Mix together and let sit till the croutons have absorbed the liquid. Spread evenly over the top

and bake @ 350° for 30 - 45 minutes. Or till it's good and bubbly and heated through and the croutons are crunchy again. Enjoy!

YUM!!



Be Blessed!

18 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous, I might have to try it for dinner!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  2. this looks really yummy, I've never seen a recipe quite like that before, as a casserole.

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  3. This looks delish. Think I'm going to have to try it for our menu this week. I'm not sure what Runyons is though. I've not seen that up here Is it a seasoned breading and is there something I could sub with?

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  4. Sounds good! Thanks for stopping by to visit, hope you have a great weekend!
    The other Martha :-)

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  5. Lots of good looking yummies here! I'll have to pass on some of the recipes to my cook! :)

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  6. Looks amazing! I really with I wouldn't have looked at it while being hungry! I want some now...right now ;)

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  8. This was a hit with my always hungry boys--they loved it. Thanks for sharing.
    Elsie G.

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  9. This looks and sounds delicious. I'd love to join you for supper. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. This looks wonderful!! I always enjoy eating chicken cordon bleu. I love it that you made it into a casserole :).

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  11. That looks delicious and so much simpler than the original!

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  12. This sounds like something we would eat at our house! Think i might be making it tonight or tomorrow since I have all the ingredients. Come on over and share it at Hunk of Meat Monday !

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  13. I love chicken cordon bleu - but it's so time consuming to make - this looks like it has all the flavor in a lot less time! thanks for sharing!

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  14. This looks delicious and makes me want to make it asap:)

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  15. This looks really yummy and I have been thinking about making chicken blue, as we call it! I think I will try this instead!! Thanks for the idea! And thanks for linking to 2 Maids a Baking!!

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  16. This looks delicious!!! I will be trying this very soon! Thanks for sharing! :)

    http://lifeofasoutherncouple.blogspot.com/

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  17. Wow; it looks so simple - and sounds so scrumptious. I'll definitely have to try this one out.

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Hugs,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  18. This looks delicious too! I love to make homemade croutons. The perfect topping and so much better homemade. Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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