Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (low carb!)

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Last month, I catered and directed a dinner theater. Yes really! It was complete with fancy decorations, red carpet ropes, and lots and lots of glitter! I will have more on that later, but it was SO. MUCH. FUN!! The pics and details will be coming soon, at least that’s my plan anyway. It was the biggest project I have ever done. Lots of good food, good acting, and wonderful guests!Anyway, one of the dishes I prepared that night was chicken cordon bleu casserole. When I was a kid, I remember my mom making chicken cordon bleu and I really liked it. I don’t remember all the steps she went through, but I do know that this particular dish is fairly time consuming. You have to pound the chicken breasts out flat, add some ham and Swiss cheese, fold the flattened chicken breast over the ham and cheese, secure it with a toothpick, and then dip it in melted butter and bread crumbs, and then bake. Definitely good but not exactly a quick meal.

I knew that on dinner theater night, I wanted something fancy but easy at the same time. Preparing 40 chicken breasts for chicken cordon bleu would most certainly NOT be easy. I found a solution to my problem over on Low Carb Yum in this casserole version of the fancy dish! The best part? Everyone loved it!

Instead of the traditional bread crumb topping, this recipe uses pork rinds to keep it low carb, though if you don’t particularly care about that, you can definitely use bread crumbs or you could just go without altogether. It will still be amazing.

Sadly, in all the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready, I forgot to take pictures of the meal! Sniff, sniff. I guess I’ll just have to make it again. 🙂 Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Adapted from Low Carb Yum

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
8 ounces Swiss cheese, chopped
16 ounces ham (You can use lunch meat if you want, but since fully cooked shank hams were on sale at Aldi, I just bought one of those because it was a bit cheaper and cut it up.)
3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup crushed pork rinds, optional

1. Mix the mayonnaise, heavy cream, and cream cheese together.

2. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

3. Add in the Swiss cheese, ham, chicken, and chicken broth.

4. Stir everything together and spread it in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Top with crushed pork rinds if you want.

5. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until top begins to brown.

 Enjoy! This dish is amazing!

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