Tasty Tuesday: Not Your Mama's Chicken Cordon BleuJanuary 06, 2015
When it comes to comfort foods, I'm sort of the master. What better way to warm up this winter than with comfort food at its finest? In terms of "healthy" this recipe is so-so. Swiss cheese has much less fat, and is technically what you need for a true cordon bleu recipe, but it's never been a favorite of mine. If you are doing the New Years slim down, lose the biscuits and bacon, swap the white rice for brown, and pick a lighter cheese option. Wah-lah you've made my recipe your own and are staying true to your goals.
I however, indulged in this amazing casserole on a Friday after sticking ever so carefully to my healthy breakfast and lunch options during the week. So I totally deserved it. Not to mention I'm one of those people who shut down if the temperature drops below 55. This was a perfect warm-me-up meal.
What you need....
1 package sodium free ham, I used the typical lunch meat kind
2 cups white or brown rice
1 can of flaky biscuits
1 package chicken tenderloins (about 8 EA)
1/2 bag or 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 package bacon bits
1 package your desired cheese
None stick cooking spray
Dijon mustard to taste
Salt, Pepper to taste
Before I began, I set the oven to 350. While I waited for it to preheat I prepared, per package instructions, two cups of rice, and boiled 8 chicken tenderloins. Chicken cooks in about ten minutes when boiled. Some find this method a little gross, I however think it tastes great and the chicken keep a lot of it's juice this way.
In a large mixing bowl, I combined my cooked rice, cooked, cubed chicken, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard to taste. Here's the annoying part about my recipes. I do not measure anything. Which is why you will never see any sort of baking on here. I make everything to taste. Always start out with little amounts. You can always add.
Mix. Mix. Mix!
After breaking my uncooked, flaky biscuits into fourths, and lining the bottom of a glass casserole dish, I placed my chicken rice mixture on top.
Next, using my food processor, I chopped about half a bag of broccoli florets. If you like whole broccoli go ahead and toss them in that way. It will save you time and washing. Joshua will only eat veggies chopped up.
Then cover with ham.
Followed by cheese, and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
At about 30 minutes in a removed it from the oven, tossed a handful of breadcrumbs over it, and placed it back in for an additional 5 minutes.
The night I made this we had company and everyone was pleasantly surprised at my take on Cordon Bleu casserole. This dish may be a little more time consuming than some of my others, but it's well worth it.
What's your favorite comfort food casserole?