Lazy Gluten Free: Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Have you ever put your dish in the oven only to realize a minute too late that you either left out an ingredient or didn't prepare something right? That was me with this recipe. I had assembled the entire thing, put it in the oven, was feeling all good about myself and about how easy it came together, when I glanced at the recipe and saw that the chicken was supposed to be cooked prior to baking. Oops. Not to fret, I simply adjusted the time, crossed my fingers, and hoped it would still turn out tasty. 

When the dish came out of the oven I was concerned I had over-baked it, but after taking the first creamy rich bite, I realized my improvisation had paid off. Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta was an instant hit with my husband and sister, who happened to be over for dinner. The recipe makes a full 9x13 dish, but even with three of us eating it, there was a ton of leftovers - which is just fine with me, I love leftovers. 

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

You will need:
1 box (10-12 ounces) gluten-free pasta
2 cups heavy cream or half and half
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or powder)
1 1/2 cups shredded swiss cheese, separated
2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips
3/4 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
3/4 cup diced ham
Glutino Gluten Free Bread Crumbs (or homemade)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

1) Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. 

2) Meanwhile, heat the cream cheese in a medium sized skillet on low heat until melted. Add the heavy cream and combine completely. Add the onion powder and garlic salt and 1 cup of cheese. Stir until smooth.

3) In a greased 9 by 13 inch baking dish, layer the noodles, cooked chicken, bacon, and ham. Pour the sauce over top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bread crumbs.

4) Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through. If you forget to cook the chicken ahead of time like I did, bake for 30-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked. Enjoy!

Adapted from Chef in Training's Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

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