Chicken Cordon Bleu- Quinoa Casserole

quinoa chicken cordon bleu cassrole

Both of my boys, ages 4 and two love quinoa!    I had to laugh just a little bit- when my four-year-old son was pretending to make ” Quinoa Skillet Meals” in his play kitchen- followed by ” taking photos in the natural light.”.

I do love that when someone asks my boys what their favorite foods are- they answer things like  ” Vanilla Greek Yogurt,” ” Quinoa,”   or ” Carrot Soup.”  Instead of pizza.   ( I don’t deprive my kids of things like pizza, we eat pizza too.)

I have been into making casseroles out of quinoa lately.  They always turn out rich in flavor and light.   A few of my favorites are My Cheeseburger Quinoa Casserole and my BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quinoa Skillet.

This Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole was delicious, light, and packed with flavor.

Chickencordonbleucasserole collage

Ham

Cheese

Mustard

Chicken

All the flavors of Chicken Cordon Bleu are in this casserole.  The flavors are rich tasting.    This recipe is a great way to use leftover ham.

I like to make quinoa in advance in my rice cooker.  This way, when it comes time to make dinner, I have it all ready to go.   The rest of this casserole only took about 30 minutes to prepare.

I used a bag of frozen veggies in my casserole- but by all means- add as many vegetables as you like!   I like to use ” almost old spinach” in dishes like this as well.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Quinoa Casserole 

Ingredients 

5-6 cups of  cooked quinoa

Two chicken breasts

1/2 cup of cubed ham- or more

Five slices of swiss cheese

One bag of frozen vegetables- or any vegetable of your choice

Ingredients for the Dijon Cream Sauce 

One tablespoon of butter (  you can use olive oil too- but come on, this is French)

Two teaspoons of cornstarch

One clove of garlic- minced

Two shallots – chopped

Three tablespoons of Dijon mustard

1/3 cup of milk

salt and pepper to taste

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.  Cut chicken breasts into small pieces and cook in a large saucepan over medium heat.   Set chicken aside.   Chop cooked ham on a new cutting board. Set aside. Cut shallots and garlic.   Chop vegetables you are using- if you are using frozen veggies, then cook them in the microwave.    Make sauce.  Add butter, cornstarch, garlic, shallots, milk, and mustard to a saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk while it cooks.  When the sauce has thickened add chicken and ham pieces to the sauce and continue to cook over low heat for an additional 5-6 minutes.  Remove sauce from heat.   Assemble the casserole:  In a casserole dish, mix cooked quinoa with vegetables.  Add dijon cream sauce containing chicken and ham and continue to mix.  Top pan with Slices of Swiss cheese and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

This dish was a massive hit with the fam, and I can’t wait to make it again!

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6 Comments

  1. I love the use of quinoa in this recipe – it looks so deliCious!

     
  2. Laura | Wandercooks

    Awesome combo! Love the flavours and the use of quinoa. Can’t wait to try this!

     
  3. I love cordon blu and I love quinoa! pinning to try later!

     
  4. This looks amazingly delicious! I’m going to try this!

     
  5. Looks delicious!! What a perfect casserole

     
  6. Healthy, hearty and total comfort food!! Now that’s what I like to eat! 🙂

     

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