Warm and delicious, this one pot Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe is so easy to make!
This is one of my family’s fuss free slow cooker meals for when life gets busy!
Recipe For Chicken Cordon Bleu in a Crock Pot
We absolutely love how chicken, ham, Swiss cheese and panko breadcrumbs all melt together so wonderfully in a can of cream of chicken soup. Cooking chicken cordon blue in a crock pot makes the meal so much easier!
The soup and cheese add the creaminess that is more special than oven baked chicken cordon blue. Using the slow cooker saves valuable prep time. I just make layers instead of trying to stuff, roll and bread each piece of chicken.
You know the cheese sauce in the center of baked chicken cordon blue? Well that creamy sauce is all around every bite when made in a slow cooker.
This recipe for chicken cordon blue in a crock pot is inspired by our Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing Casserole. This version is equally amazing!
I love the frozen chicken cordon blue from Sam’s Club, but it keeps going up in price. So to save money I like to make a big batch of this and freeze a couple containers so I can have a similar meal at home whenever I want.
Shredded Chicken Cordon Blue
To feed more people you can cook and shred the chicken. Shredding also gives more of a casserole.
Sprinkle shredded Swiss and diced ham on in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Top with the panko or Italian bread crumbs and melted butter.
This method is great for younger kids that might not be able to cut up their chicken or eat an entire breast.
You can also cook pasta like in our Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole recipe and mix into the creamy shredded chicken.
We love taking leftover creamy shredded chicken cordon blue and filling peppers to make stuffed peppers.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast – a lean cut of chicken that’s trimmed before cooking will shred so easily and take on all of the flavors you add so nicely.
- Cream of chicken soup – the base of the delicious cream sauce
- Cream cheese – adds an enjoyable richness
- Diced ham – this is a great way to use extra ham, dice it up on your own and sprinkle throughout the crock pot. I love how no extra cutting is require and the small pieces stir in so easily.
- Swiss cheese – slices or shredded Swiss melt and give another wonderful dynamic to this simple chicken dish
- Panko bread crumbs – add a little crunch and texture variation when added in the last hour of cooking. Can be substituted for a box of stove top stuffing mix if you wish.
- Butter – adds a bit more flavor to the breadcrumbs, can be omitted if you choose.
How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu in a Slow Cooker
Place trimmed chicken breasts evenly spaced in a single layer along the bottom of a greased or lined crock.
Pour the can of cream of chicken soup over top of the chicken. Use a spatula to smooth it out and make the layer as even as possible.
Then generously sprinkle a layer of ham.
Layer Swiss cheese on top of the diced ham or thin slices of ham lunchmeat.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and then pour melted butter over the crumbs.
This step can be done in the beginning or about an hour before the chicken is done cooking.
The crumbs may soften up more the longer they are in the slow cooker. This may or may not be a concern for you. We put them in at the beginning and as soon as the chicken is done cooking we like to serve it.
Recipe Tips and tricks:
- When we have extra chicken and cream sauce from the soup we will reheat it with a slice or two of ham lunch meat and extra Swiss cheese.
- The panko bread crumbs can be added at the beginning of the cooking time and may run down the sides a bit as the cheese melts. Or they can be added in the final 30-60 minutes of cooking. Do what’s easiest for your schedule.
- Serve as a whole breast with a generous amount of creamy, cheesy sauce. Or for smaller servings and more of a Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole shred the chicken and stir everything together.
- Use thawed chicken breasts instead of frozen for this recipe.
- Chicken should shred very easily when done cooking.
- This recipe is an easy way to use leftover ham after the holidays.
More Easy Meals in the Crock Pot:
Cube Steak with Gravy is so simple and budget friendly while having an enjoyable flavor.
Easy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is a year round favorite, but is especially popular for holiday meals.
Country Style Ribs with Mushroom Gravy makes the ribs so tender.
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu
- 3 -4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup diced ham
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- Prepare 6 quart or larger crock by coating with non-stick cooking spray or adding a liner.
- Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer. Then pour cream of chicken soup over the meat.
- Sprinkle diced ham on the chicken and then lay out slices of cheese in an even layer.
- Sprinkle bread crumbs on top and then pour melted butter on.
- Cover and cook on low for 3.5 to 5 hours until a meat thermometer reads 165°F internal temperature in the chicken.
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