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Chicken Cordon Bleu pasta bake

 In Chicken, Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Pasta, Quick and Easy, Recipes

This Chicken Cordon Bleu pasta bake is an easy way to get all the flavours from the classic dish everyone loves into a comforting pasta bake.

Chicken Cordon Bleu pasta bake

I had this thing with Chicken Cordon Bleu when I was a little girl. It was my ultimate indulgence when we went out for meals and if a restaurant had it on its menu, I would order it without fail. There was something so incredibly chic about it back then. The name, trying to pronounce it, the way the cheese oozed out of the hot, crispy chicken. All of it was just too much for my 10-year old self to handle. But I hadn’t eaten this childhood favourite in probably 15 years and when I went through an old cookbook of mine, I stumbled upon this classic once again.

Chicken Cordon Bleu pasta bake

And even though Chicken Cordon Bleu is not a difficult recipe to master by any means, I just don’t have the want or will to stand stuffing chicken breasts before breading and cooking them. I wanted all the same flavours but in an easy, no-fuss way and that’s when I decided to do a pasta bake. Pasta bakes are a constant in my house. They are easy and they can feed a crowd easily so I knew this would be an instant hit. As if it wasn’t bad enough that I took shortcuts with the actual Chicken Cordon Bleu element, I also bought a rotisserie chicken to use instead of cooking chicken from scratch. But listen, you gotta do what you gotta do. And I am a big fan of using rotisserie chickens for dishes like these.

Chicken Cordon Bleu pasta bake

Along with the shredded chicken, I added cubes of smoked beech ham and a few layers of mozzarella to emulate that oozy cheese. I topped the pasta with a layer of seasoned breadcrumbs to add that crispy crunch. I used a loaf of stale ciabatta which resulted in lovely chunky crumbs. So simple, SO delicious and a recipe my family gobbled up within minutes.

The beautiful dish used in these photographs was gifted to me by the lovely people at Kitchen Aid South Africa. This post is not sponsored. 

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This Chicken Cordon Bleu pasta bake is an easy way to get all the flavours from the classic dish everyone loves into a comforting pasta bake.
Recipe type: Chicken, Pasta, Easy recipe, Dinner,
Serves: 4-6
for the white sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1-2 cups milk (I used full cream milk/whole milk)
  • pinch of grated/ground nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the pasta bake
  • 500g pasta of your choice, cooked (reserve 1 cup of cooking water)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup smoked ham, cubed
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
for the topping
  • 1½ cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • salt, to taste
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  2. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan then add the flour and stir to make a roux.
  3. Slowly whisk in the stock and milk (you might not need all the liquid) until the sauce is smooth. Lower the heat and allow to simmer, stirring every now and then, until the sauce is cooked through and thick.
  4. Season with the spices.
  5. Combine the sauce with the cooked pasta, shredded chicken and ham. Add a little of the pasta's cooking water to loosen the sauce.
  6. Layer in an oven-proof dish with the cheese.
  7. Season the breadcrumbs with olive oil, thyme leaves and salt then place on top of the pasta.
  8. Place the pasta in the oven and allow to bake for 20-25 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the pasta is bubbling.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes then serve.

More pasta bake recipes you will love:

Butternut and mozzarella pasta bake 

Roasted butternut and mozzarella pasta bake

Chicken Parmesan pasta bake 

Chicken parmesan pasta bake

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • 2pots2cook

    This is an excellent idea… “Pasta Forever” in every cheesy combination ! This Cordon Bleu version is definitely on my to do list !

  • Jenni

    That melted cheese photo. Be still my beating heart!

    • Alida Ryder

      🙂 Nothing gets me quite like melty cheese.

  • rebecca | DisplacedHousewife

    Oye Alida!! This sounds delicious!!! xoxo

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    Loving all the pasta, cheesy goodness in here. My kids love any pasta covered in cheese, so this should be a hit. Love the dish too! Have a great week.

    • Alida Ryder

      Cheesy pasta is a simple stand-by, isn’t it? Thanks Karen! 🙂

  • Cathy |

    that cheesy pull has me drooling! i also loved chicken cordon bleu as a kid but never make it as an adult. love that you brought all those flavors to this one dish wonder. can’t wait to try!

    • Alida Ryder

      We all love a bit of cheesy pull, don’t we. 😉 Making my own cordon bleu just seems like so much schlep, this way I get the flavours with half the work.

  • Reply

    Chicken Cordon Bleu was always a favorite of mine growing up too Alida! This pasta bake will be a hit at our house for sure! My son Casey is going to LOVE it!

    • Alida Ryder

      Please let me know what Casey thinks when you make it for him. 🙂

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