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!
- Easy Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Zucchini
- Light & Easy Fettuccine Alfredo
- Mini Beef Wellington Bites
- Best Ground Chicken Taco Casserole
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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:
- Mix & Bake the rice
- Prep the chicken while rice bakes
- Add the chicken, ham, and cheese. Bake again.
- 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.
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.
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!
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
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
- 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
- 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)
- 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees
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.
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.
Make the breadcrumb topping by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl
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.
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.
To serve, use a spatula to scoop out the rice, chicken and topping. Enjoy!