Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (Kid-Friendly Ranch Version)

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is an easy and flavorful family meal that you can make in a snap. This delicious uses just 5 ingredients and features some of the things loved most by picky eaters. It’s no wonder this is one of our favorite ways to use chicken.

Not only will your kids love it but as a busy mom or dad, you will too. With a prep time of 10 minutes, this great dish can be ready to serve in just over a half-hour!

A serving chicken cordon bleu casserole
This kid-friendly recipe has a layer of ranch dressing in the middle!

What is this?

Like our panko chicken, slow cooker creamy chicken, and oven fried buttermilk chicken, this chicken cordon bleu casserole is a kid-friendly meal that adults love too.

This is an easy casserole recipe that your kids will ask for again and again. Instead of traditional ingredients found in similar casserole recipes, you are going to make some kid-friendly adjustments.

What’s in it?

You only need five simple ingredients to make this kid-friendly chicken cordon bleu casserole recipe.

Chicken cordon bleu casserole with a piece cut out and list of ingredients.
  1. Chicken Breasts – You’ll want to use boneless breasts for this. You can also use strips of chicken tenderloin but I find the casserole is easier to cut when using whole breasts.
  2. Deli Ham – You can use almost any deli ham that you like, but we prefer the Virginia baked ham because of it’s flavor. Healthy cooking tip: Go with a reduced-sodium ham if possible, you’ll never miss the extra salt!
  3. Provolone Cheese – If your kids are like mine, they will choose this mellow flavored smooth and creamy-flavored cheese every time, instead of the traditional Swiss cheese found in similar recipes.
  4. Ranch Dressing – This replaces the traditional Dijon mustard and will blend with the melted Provolone, creating e a cheese sauce that kids love.
  5. Panko Bread Crumbs – These add a little crunch to the to of this family meal and their neutral flavor won’t drive your kids away.

How to make it

(See the full recipe instructions in the recipe card below.)

Gather the short list of ingredients and a casserole dish. I like to use a 9″ x 11″ inch baking pan when making this chicken cordon bleu casserole.

A casserole dish with ham, cheese, ranch dressing, and chicken.
  1. Place 1 lb. Virginia baked deli ham in a casserole dish.
  2. Place 8 oz. of Provolone on top of the ham.
  3. Spread about 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing over the cheese.
  4. Layer boneless chicken breasts over the ranch dressing.
An unbaked casserole next to the finished one.

5. Top the layer of chicken with Panko (coarse) breadcrumbs and spray with olive oil or non-stick coating. This will give you crispy bread crumbs.

6. Bake at 375° F for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

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Substitutions and variations

A great thing about this easy dinner idea is that you can adjust it to your taste and even what you have on hand. Some of the other things I like to add or use in this easy dinner idea include:

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Leftover ham
  • Leftover chicken
  • A dash of Worcestershire sause

Sometimes I like to sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top of the casserole, for a little Italian flare.

What to serve with this delicious casserole

Green beans goes great with this family meal and of course homemade bread with lots of butter.

Common questions

How long will this keep?

You can store this in an airtight container in your fridge for up to five days. Or, just use some kitchen wrap and seal the baking dish and then place in the refrigerator.

The next time you want a fast and easy recipe, try this blue ribbon delicious casserole!

This easy chicken recipe is dad tested, and kid approved, across the board. Give it a try; you don’t have to be a kid to love this one! -Dan

A serving of chicken cordon bleu casserole with salad and bread.
Chicken Cordon Bleu, with ranch dressing filling and topped with buttery panko breadcrumbs.

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Ranch Style Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

5 from 2 votes
Makes 6 servings, fast and easy for about $15.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 lb thin sliced Virginia baked ham from the deli
  • 8 oz Provolone cheese, or Swiss, or whatever you prefer.
  • 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts or chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup coarse, Panko breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Spray 9 x 11″ casserole pan with non-stick coating.
  • Line pan with layers of ham, evenly.
  • Cover ham with single layer of cheese, overlap edges if necessary.
  • Use the back of a spoon and spread ranch dressing evenly over cheese.
  • If using chicken breasts, place each breast between plastic wrap and use a rolling pin to flatten to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place chicken over ranch dressing layer.
  • Evenly distribute bread crumbs over chicken, spray with non-stick coating or with olive oil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Cut and serve.


You can make an easy and creamy sauce to top the layers of chicken as well for a creamy chicken cordon bleu casserole. To make the cream sauce just do the following:
  1. Combine the following in large bowl: 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1/4 cup chicken broth, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard and 2 tbsp sour cream or cream cheese and a dash of garlic powder or onion powder.
  2. Use a medium sauce pan and warm these ingredients over medium heat.
  3. Spread the sauce on top of the chicken and bake as directed.


Calories: 450kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 6141mg, Potassium: 554mg, Vitamin A: 355IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 301mg, Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Yum, yum, yum! I wanted an easy, one pan wonder, and THIS IS IT! Thanks for this recipe, will definitely will be making again. Didn’t have panko crumbs but regular Italian breadcrumbs work as well. Wasn’t too sure about the the Ranch dressing, but it made it so it wasn’t dry, DO NOT LEAVE OUT. I just just sprinkled it on.