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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

A perfect summer pasta salad with a bit of a fancier side - all the frills of Chicekn Cordon Bleu, but perfect to bring to any picnic, party, or BBQ!

Serves 10-12 servings     adjust servings

Preparation 30 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 16 oz. pasta (I used Cavatappi)
  • 1 cooked ham steak, cubed
  • 2 cups Swiss or Havarti cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups broccoli florets

Parmesan Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside.
  2. Cube raw chicken breasts and place in a bowl; set aside.
  3. Place flour & paprika, and bread crumbs in two separate bowls. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. Working in batches, roll cubed chicken in flour, then dredge in egg wash, then coat with bread crumbs and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake chicken for 15-20 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and browned. Remove from oven and set aside.
  5. While chicken is cooking, prep ham & cheese cubes, and broccoli. Place in a large bowl.
  6. Boil pasta according to box directions. Drain, rinse, and place boiled pasta in the bowl with the other ingredients. Add chicken to bowl and toss everything.

Parmesan Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, whisking continuously for 1-2 minutes until a roux is formed.
  2. Slowly add the milk, whisking until incorporated. Stir in bouillon , salt, and pepper, and drop heat to medium-low and allow to simmer 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally but allowing it to thicken slightly.
  3. Remove sauce from heat. Quickly add Dijon, Worcestershire, Parmesan, and mayonnaise (if desired), whisking briskly to melt cheese and combine ingredients.
  4. Pour sauce over everything in the bowl, tossing to coat and combine.
  5. Serve with your favorite wine, and enjoy!

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