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Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac n’ Cheese with Asparagus

Chicken Cordon Bleu  Mac n Cheese with Asparagus ~ The Complete Savorist

I  thawed chicken. I had Swiss cheese.Chicken, Swiss cheese, that’s two-thirds of the way to chicken cordon bleu.Then there’s all that asparagus I have still in the refrigerator that I promised (threatened) to use in post after post until it is gone. The thought of asparagus macaroni and cheese entered my mind.  The chicken cordon bleu was still rolling around in there too…then they crashed into each other and chicken cordon bleu mac n’ cheese with asparagus was born.Once I embraced the idea, I kind of fell in love with it. Life happens when I don’t have time for it to happen, so I kept procrastinating.  It took me two days to make it. But today was the day.
Chicken Cordon Bleu  Mac n Cheese with Asparagus ~ The Complete Savorist

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac n' Cheese with Asparagus

Author: Michelle
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Ingredients

Swiss Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp . butter
  • 2 tbsp . flour
  • Black pepper; to taste
  • 1 tsp . Dijon mustard
  • 13/4 cup milk
  • 10 oz . Swiss cheese; grated or cubed

The Rest

  • 2 chicken breast (about 14 oz) cubed
  • 11/2 oz . deli ham; diced
  • 11/2 cups asparagus; sliced
  • 10 oz penne; cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • Salt/black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp . granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp . dried sage

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan on medium heat, add the butter.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and whisk until it is smooth, in a paste-like consistency. If there are any lumps, it will give your cheese sauce a grainy texture.
  3. Add the black pepper and Dijon mustard. Mix well.
  4. Add the milk and stir. Then slowly add the cheese.
  5. Stir frequently, helping the cheese to melt and incorporate into the milk.
  6. Once the cheese is melted, the sauce should be smooth. Set aside.
  7. Cook the penne, but stop cooking and drain two minutes shy of al dente package directions.
  8. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet, adding olive oil if needed and quickly sear off the cubed chicken.
  9. It does not need to be cooked through, but it does needs to be seared on all sides. This will take no more than 3 minutes.
  10. Add the panko (or breadcrumbs), salt, pepper, garlic, and sage to a small bowl and blend them together, making sure the seasonings are evenly distributed.
  11. In a large bowl mix the penne, chicken, diced ham, and sliced asparagus.
  12. Add black pepper to taste and any salt, if desired.
  13. Pour about half of the Swiss cheese sauce into the bowl with the pasta and chicken. Stir it well making sure all the ingredients are coated in the sauce.
  14. Transfer to a 9x13 or similar baking dish.
  15. Pour the remaining sauce over the entire dish.
  16. Sprinkle the seasoned panko over the top of the dish.
  17. Cover with foil and bake in a pre-heated 350° degree oven for 20 minutes.
  18. After the 20 minutes, remove the foil and cook uncovered for 5 more minutes or until the topping has browned.
  19. Allow to sit for a few minutes once it is removed from the oven, and then serve as desired.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac n Cheese ~ The Complete Savorist

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Dorothy Boucher
    June 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    @tisonlyme143
    this recipe looks so yummy and tastey, I love the fact that their in individual bowls, thanks for share

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Dorothy. I love them portioned out like that too. It helps me with portion control. To make this recipe with just ramekins, you’d need about a dozen. More dishes that way, but it is nice to serve it that way. 🙂

  • Reply
    Brigid OHara Koshko
    June 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Combining three of my favorite things! My kids are going to love this. I am going to try this very soon.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Brigid, Oh I hope they love it…you too. It was a hit over here. My 4-year old ate the asparagus of her own accord, so for me, this dish was a major success. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica Cyr
    June 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    This looks really tasty!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you Jessica, it really was good. It was one of those I was happy it tasted as good on the plate as it did in my head. 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I’m drooling. This looks SO good.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Emily, It was drool-worthy, thank you!

  • Reply
    Terri S
    June 13, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Ohhh…boy!!! This looks so incredibly good!! Thank you for sharing,

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you Terri, if you get the chance to make it, let me know what you think.

  • Reply
    Maram
    June 14, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Yummy .. thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Maram
      June 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Maram, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it.

  • Reply
    RoseMarie S.
    June 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I was hesitant to continue reading after I saw the title, it seemed a little fancy and complicated for my simple life with my 5 year old. But I’m glad I kept reading because this looks absolutely delicious and I can’t want to try it.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

      RoseMarie,
      I like to try to make fancy foods easier. Sometimes I can, other times, I make them more complicated. 🙂 My 4 year old loved this dish. Hope your 5 year old does too.

  • Reply
    Shannon
    June 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    What lovely recipes you have. I think my husband would love this.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Shannon, Thank you so much. I hope he loves it…hope you do too.

  • Reply
    Claire D
    June 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    This looks amazing. So many yummy ingredients in one place. I can’t imagine it not being good!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Claire, Thank you, it was really yummy. I love Chicken cordon bleu, but it’s work to make, this was easier, dump everything today in a mac n’ cheese. Perfection!

  • Reply
    Allyssa
    June 19, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Oh man this looks amazing. Definitely trying this ASAP. Pinned it! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Allyssa, I hope you love it as much as we did. Thank you for stopping by and pinning!

  • Reply
    Betsy @ Desserts Required
    November 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    LOVE how your mind thinks…and this delicious recipe, too!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you for that Betsy! I needed a smile and a chuckle.

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