One Pan Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake with Rice

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One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake in casserole dish.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

Cozy.  Easy.  Warm.  Delicious.  These are the words that describe my perfect Fall recipes and I’ve just added one more to the list!  This One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake with Rice has layers of deliciousness.  On the bottom, the flavorful rice cooks right in the oven.  That’s right, no cooking it separately on the stove!  On top of the perfectly cooked rice, you have the chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!  This cozy, warm, comforting, and delicious family dinner is yours for any busy night!

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All the Flavor Without the Hassle

Traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu is a labor-intensive process.  It requires pounding out the chicken, rolling in the ham and cheese, then breading the outside and frying it.  But you can get all of that amazing flavor in this MUCH easier version!  

Here are a few other classics made easier!

Piece of One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake on a plate with fork holding a bite.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large casserole dish that’s approximately 10×10, 12×12, 10×13 or similar.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR CHICKEN CORDON BLEU BAKE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge… (See the full recipe below)

 This recipe has only a few easy steps:

  1. Mix & Bake the rice
  2. Prep the chicken while rice bakes
  3. Add the chicken, ham, and cheese.  Bake again.
  4. Add breadcrumb topping and Bake final 5 minutes!

The rice cooks for 20 minutes before adding the chicken.  The reason for this is so the rice absorbs the water and fluffs up first.  If you add the chicken from the start it will boil in the liquid and overcook.

While the rice cooks, slice chicken breasts from the side to create 2 thin breasts.

Knife slicing raw chicken for One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

Sliced raw chicken for One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

Season with the salt, pepper, and oregano. Lay the chicken flat on a plate or cutting board. Layer 1 slice of ham folded on top of the chicken. Layer the swiss cheese slice folded on top of the ham.

Sliced raw chicken with deli ham and slice of cheese on top for One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

Can I use a different cheese?

You can use any cheese you like of course.  However, you will want a full-flavored cheese that can bring something to this dish.  Gruyere is great, manchego, or even a sharp cheddar can work great!  You can also use sliced or shredded.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN CORDON BLEU BAKE

After your rice has precooked, it’s time to add the prepped chicken!  Bake for another 20 minutes.  While the chicken bakes, make the breadcrumb topping.  After 20 minutes, add it to the top of the cheese and bake for another 5 minutes turning the broiler on low to get a golden brown crispy topping!

Sliced raw chicken with deli ham and slice of cheese on top for One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake in casserole dish.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

Can I freeze this bake?

Once the casserole is cooked, you can freeze it after first cooling it and then tightly covering it. It can stay in the freezer for up to 4 months. To cook it again, cover with aluminum foil and bake 350 F for 1 hour if thawed, 1 1/2 hours if frozen.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake in casserole dish.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!
Piece of One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake on a plate with fork.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake with Rice

This One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake with Rice has layers of deliciousness.  On the bottom, the flavorful rice cooks right in the oven.  That's right, no cooking it separately on the stove!  On top of the perfectly cooked rice, you have the chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!  This cozy, warm, comforting, and delicious family dinner is yours for any busy night! #chickencordonbleu #chickenbake #chickendinnerideas

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Keyword casserole, chicken, chicken dinner, one pan meal, one pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 411 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups White Long Grain rice
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth (or 3 cups Water + 3 tsp Chicken Base)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, skinless, boneless (raised w/o antibiotics)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 4 slices Smoked deli ham
  • 4 slices Swiss Cheese (or gruyere)

Breadcrumb Topping

  • 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Add all rice ingredients to casserole dish. Stir to combine, then tightly cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

  3. While the rice cooks, slice chicken breasts from the side to create 2 thin breasts. Season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Lay the chicken flat on a plate or cutting board. Layer 1 slice of ham folded on top of the chicken. Layer the swiss cheese slice folded on top of the ham.

    Sliced raw chicken with deli ham and slice of cheese on top for One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!
  4. Make the breadcrumb topping by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl

  5. After 20 minutes, take the rice out and add the chicken slices layered to the top in a line. Cover and bake for another 20 minutes.

    Sliced raw chicken with deli ham and slice of cheese on top for One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!
  6. Remove the cover and sprinkle the breadcrumb topping on top. Put it back in the oven with the broiler setting on low for 5 minutes to brown the topping. Watch to make sure it doesn't burn.

    One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake in casserole dish.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!
  7. To serve, use a spatula to scoop out the rice, chicken and topping. Enjoy!

    Piece of One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake on a plate with fork.  On the bottom you get flavorful rice topped with chicken, salty ham, nutty and melty swiss cheese, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping!

One Pan Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken

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Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan.

Does your family thank you for making dinner?  Making dinner is often a thankless job.  But everyone will scream THANK YOU for this one!  This Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner is easy to make and scrumptious to eat.  The creamy corn is rich, creamy, savory, slightly sweet, and slightly smokey.  The blackened chicken is coated with warm spices like chili powder, paprika, and cumin that bring huge flavor, but not a lot of heat.  It finishes with a delicious salty bite from cotija cheese.  Best part is that it all cooks in one large pan – truly a perfect dinner!

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top on a plate with fork holding a bite of chicken..

CORN SEASON!

You can of course find flash frozen fresh corn throughout the year.  But if you are mad for fresh corn on the cob like me, than July through September are your months!  If you are in warmer or coastal locations, then you will start to see beautiful and tender Sweet Corn in the stores in early July.  For all other areas, you will see it in abundance during August through September. 

When you see it on sale and in season, GO BUY IT UP!  You can follow my instructions for removing the fresh kernels from the cob and then flash freeze it yourself.  Lay the fresh corn on a sheet pan and place in the freezer.  When it’s frozen, transfer it to a freezer bag and label it with the date.  It will last for up to 6 months. YAY!!

A couple other favorite recipes using corn are:

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan with spatula scooping.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. 

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CREAMY CORN & BLACKENED CHICKEN

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Make Spice mixture and separate 1 tsp for the sauce later.

Five spices sectioned in a bowl for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Spice mixture for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Cut chicken breasts into 4-6 pieces each and rub the spice mix all over.

Raw chicken pieces coated in spice mixture for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Removing Corn from the Cob

First, remove the husks and any remaining corn silk. Then rinse the corn and gently cut off the kernels using a sharp knife. After the kernels have been removed, use the back of the knife to press and scrape down the ear to remove any of the remaining kernel and the ‘cream’ that is left behind.

Knife cutting corn off cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Corn cut off cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner Back of knife scraping the corn cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Corn kernels cut off cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Fresh corn kernels in measuring cup for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Can I use frozen corn?

Yes, you can use frozen corn.  You will probably need to get about 30-40 ounces.  You could also use canned corn, but I prefer fresh or frozen.  If you use canned, be sure to drain and rinse it.  If you use frozen, add it to the pan frozen since it thaws very quickly.  You may need to cook any excess water from the frozen package off in the pan.

Using Jalapeno

I love the flavor and the heat that the jalapeno peppers brings to the creamy corn.  However, if you are not a fan of spice, then you can either leave it out altogether or go very light with it.  First, cut the jalapeno in half lengthwise.  Then using a spoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and discard them.  The seeds have most of the heat.  Then thinly slice the pepper and finally thinly dice.  You can start by adding a teaspoon and working your way up.  If you love the spice, add the entire diced pepper!

COOK YOUR CREAMY CORN & BLACKENED CHICKEN 

Preheat a large frying pan or skillet on high heat. Add the olive oil and then the seasoned chicken and cook for 5 minutes on the first side to get it really blackened. Then flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes until cooked through. Then transfer the chicken and it’s juices to a plate/bowl.

Blackened chicken in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

To the same pan, add another tsp of olive oil, along with the garlic, red pepper, and jalapeno. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the peppers start to glisten and then add the corn. Cook for 5 minutes. Then add the broth and the remaining seasoning mix, then let it come up to a simmer.

Diced red pepper, jalapeno, and garlic in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Corn and red peppers in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Seasoning on top of cream corn in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

While that is cooking, make the slurry be whisking the cornstarch into the cold milk. Whisk the slurry into the corn and continue to stir as it starts to thicken.

Cream Corn cooking in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Add the chicken back and sprinkle the crumbled cheese on top. 

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan.

What is Cotija Cheese?  Can I use something else?

Cotija is a cow’s milk hard cheese that’s deliciously salty.  It originated in Mexico, in the town of Cotija, Michoacán.  Ideally, you want to crumble it up on top so if you can find it in a block form or already crumbled, that is best.  Sometimes it may be grated, which is okay, but I prefer chunks of salty bites.  If you cannot find Cotija, you can substitute with Feta cheese, which has a similar texture and salty bite.

Can I make this ahead and freeze or reheat?

Yes and no.  Corn freezes well fresh, but can be mushy if frozen in this cream sauce.  I recommend freezing the corn separate from the sauce; however, for best results.  You can make the sauce with the peppers and freeze it.  Then thaw the sauce, cook the corn directly from the freezer, and add the sauce.  The chicken can coated with the spices and frozen raw or cooked and then frozen.  If raw, thaw it in the fridge 24 hours in advance and then sear it in the pan as per the instructions.  If frozen cooked, thaw in the fridge overnight or in the oven 350F degrees for 20 minutes or until center is warmed through.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top on a plate with fork.

One Pan Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken

This Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner is easy to make and scrumptious to eat.  The creamy corn is rich, creamy, savory, slightly sweet, and slightly smokey.  The blackened chicken is coated with warm spices like chili powder, paprika, and cumin that bring huge flavor, but not a lot of heat.  It finishes with a delicious salty bite from the cotija cheese.  It's truly a perfect dinner! #creamedcorn #skilletchicken #blackenedchicken #chickenandcorn #chickendinner #creamycorn

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, corn, one pan meal
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 382 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breast skinless, boneless
  • 2 tsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp salt

Other Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 Bell Red Pepper
  • 1/2-1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese (or feta)
  • Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Make Spice mixture in a small bowl with the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. You will be saving 1 tsp for the sauce and the rest for the chicken.

    Five spices sectioned in a bowl for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  2. Cut chicken breasts into 4-6 pieces each and rub the spice mix all over, saving 1 tsp for the sauce later.

    Raw chicken pieces coated in spice mixture for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  3. Clean the corn. Remove the husks and any remaining corn silk. Then rinse the corn and gently cut off the kernels using a sharp knife. After the kernels have been removed, use the back of the knife to press and scrape down the ear to remove any of the remaining kernel and the 'cream' that is left behind.

    Back of knife scraping the corn cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  4. Dice the jalapeno and the red pepper

Cook

  1. Preheat a large frying pan or skillet on high heat. Add the olive oil and then the seasoned chicken and cook for 5 minutes on the first side to get it really blackened. Then flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes until cooked through. Then transfer the chicken and it's juices to a plate/bowl.

    Blackened chicken in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  2. To the same pan, add another tsp of olive oil, along with the garlic, red pepper, and jalapeno. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the peppers start to glisten and then add the corn. Cook for 5 minutes. Then add the broth and the remaining tsp of seasoning mix. Bring to a simmer.

    Seasoning on top of cream corn in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  3. While that is cooking, make the slurry be whisking the cornstarch into the cold milk. Whisk the slurry into the corn and continue to stir as it starts to thicken.

    Cream Corn cooking in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  4. Add the chicken back and sprinkle the crumbled cheese on top. Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

    Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan.