Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Sometimes we are all in need of a little inspiration when it comes to dinners.  Last week, I posted on my Facebook Page, that I had chicken but was wondering what to make with it.  Several of you gave amazing ideas and one of them in particular popped out at me… Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta!  Only, I didn’t have a recipe to go off of, so I created one and it was DELICIOUS!  I HIGHLY recommend this dinner!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

This will be one of the best dinners you will every make! It is So easy and LOADED with delicious flavor!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 563kcal


  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
  • 3/4 cup bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • 1/8 cup bread crumbs


  • Cook pasta according to its package's directions. Drain. I always add a little olive oil after I drain it and stir in around so the pasta noodles don't stick together or the pot.
  • Heat cream cheese on stove over medium low heat until melted. Stir in heavy cream. Stir until completely combined. Add onion powder and garlic salt until it tastes how you would like it to. Stir 1 cup of cheese until smooth consistency.
  • In a 9x13, layer noodles, chicken, bacon and ham. Pour sauce over top.
  • Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup cheese and bread crumbs.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until heated through.


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1157IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Kellee

    This looks so amazing! I am going to try this soon. Great picture!

  2. Mandy

    Yumm!!! I want this!

    1. Tava

      What is heavy cream mean ?

    2. karen

      Whipping Cream also known as 35% cream.

  3. Patti M

    How much heavy cream? The ingredients list is not showing it... Love all of your recipes!

    1. Chef in Training

      Sorry about that. It is 2 cups of heavy cream. Thanks for catching that, I added it to the ingredient list now :)

  4. Caroline B

    You say in directions to add heavy whipping bream, but it's not listed on your ingredients. How much? Please advise.

    1. Chef in Training

      Sorry about that. It is 2 cups of heavy cream. I added it to the ingredient list now :)

  5. Brenda B.

    I bet this would be great with ham also!! Thanks for the recipe, going to try it for dinner tonight!

    1. Brenda B.

      Whoops, guess I should have read the recipe completely before commenting--it does call for ham!! Sorry about that..

  6. K

    Do you cook the pasta first?

    1. Chef in Training

      Yes you do. Sorry the new recipe plug-in for Wordpress sometimes disappears or makes ingredients/directions disappear. I added it back in. Thank you for catching that. Have a great day :)


    Do you cook the pasta first?


    Never mind! I had scrolled past the first direction - sorry! Looks fabulous, making it tonight for my fam.

  9. Carole

    Now this is just the sort of thing I would love to do. I would never have thought of mixing cream cheese and cream.
    Have a lovely week.

  10. Katie B. of

    Ever since my first visit to your blog, when you'd posted the Oreo Fluff recipe (which I made, and which my husband and son DEVOURED), I've learned to grab a napkin before my next visit because I'm guaranteed to drool over your recipes. This one is no exception. It looks amazing! Going to give it a try later this week. Thanks!

  11. Lindsey

    I nominated your for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks for all your fabulous posts!

  12. Karen R

    This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out!

  13. priscilla king-floyd

    gonna make this tomorrow-looks yummy!

  14. Mi Vida en un Dulce

    Looks amazing, and so perfect for dinner time. Who doesn't like pasta, and this is terrific, great combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Kim B.

    Approximately how many strips of bacon should I fry to make 3/4 cup? Thanks!

    1. Susan Eyring

      I used 6 strips - extra crispy - so they shrunk down enough to make a generous 3/4 cup..

  16. Katie Mahoney

    Hi, this looks awesome! Do you think you could substitute Greek yogurt for the cream or some of the cream? Looks a bit decadent but I wondered what you thought about this substitution. Thanks!

    1. Barbara

      I usually use skimmed evaporated milk for heavy, Its not as thick but does the job.

  17. Jeff David

    Hello, This recipe looks amazing. Thank you for sharing. I have one or two pasta salads that I make; I am getting bored of both.

    It's great to meet other Foodies. I chronicle my adventures at


    Jeff David

  18. Tina

    I tried this the night before last but used veggie pasta, 1/3 less fat cream cheese and fat free half and half. It was amazing! Thank you so much for posting!

  19. Jessica

    This looks delicious! Can't wait to try it!!

  20. Elizabeth

    Hi Nicky, I've been reading your blog every day for ages, and have made quite a few things, but have always been too shy to comment before! But I couldn't not comment on this, it was totally amazing! I didn't even have chicken, so left it out, and it was still totally gorgeous. Thank you so much for all your recipes and inspiration, keep them coming!!
    Thanks again, Elizabeth

    1. Elizabeth

      Oh I also meant to say I used milk instead of cream to try to be a bit healthy, and it was still yummy ;o)

  21. Anastasia H.

    This recipe sounds so delicious! I am excited to try it! For the bread crumbs... should I use dry bread crumbs or soft bread crumbs? Thanks!!

  22. Kaitlin

    My sister and I made this tonight and I have to tell you that it's amazing!! It's definitely going to be one of our go-to dishes from now on!!

  23. Desiree

    Hi Nikki!
    I just want to thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I am featuring your dish on my blog today. Thank you again!!

  24. Carole

    Hi, you will have seen that the new Food on Friday ingredient is chicken. I noticed that you did this post on chicken which I think would be great linked in. We already have a collection of over 40 recipes which is wonderful. At the moment the Food on Friday edition with the most links is Beef with 73 – I get the feeling though that Chicken could become the new record holder!
    Have a great day and thank you for following Carole's Chatter. It 's nice to have you along for my blogging journey.

  25. Alyssa

    This sounds so good! But I was wondering what you think I could use instead of heavy cream. I have read that fat free half & half would work? Is that true or is there better suggestions?

  26. Trixie

    I made this for dinner tonight. It's VERY tasty and VERY VERY rich. Thank you for the recipe, I will definitely be making this again. (0=

  27. Jack T.

    We had this last night, it was delicious. What's the nutritional info for this recipe?

  28. Sarah Leigh

    Sounds absolutely yummy!

  29. Susan Eyring

    I found this recipe through The Great Pinterest Hunt and I made it for my family last night. We all LOVED it!!!! By far the BEST Pinterest recipe I have found! I look forward to exploring more of your recipes. :-)

  30. Leigh

    found you on pinterest and just made this tonight. YUM!! ALL 4 KIDS ATE!!!
    Thats an accomplishment! Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. Brittany

    I want to feed this a group of 11 adults and 3 children... Should I double it and make 2 pans, or would this be plenty? It looks fantastic, I can't wait to try it!

  32. Katie

    Just made this tonight....SOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!

  33. Ashley

    I found this on pinterest and made it the other night - my family loved it! I just posted it on my blog and linked back to you. Thanks so much for the recipe, it's a keeper!

  34. Jazmine

    Just made it. Soo delicious and I am soo full. Can't wait for my 2yo son to try it. The only thing I added was a bit of dijon mustard.

  35. erin

    this sounds delish. Could you use yogurt instead of the heavy cream? Seems very rich, fattening and caloric and just wondering if that could be a substitution?

  36. Elizabeth B.

    I'd love to make this, but I'm not sure where to add the other 1 cup of shredded cheese. Please advise? Thanks!

  37. Jennifer Paul Gibson

    Just love this, had to add it to my websites sweetly approved Pinterest Board. Just so yummy! Recommending to all my followers!

  38. Lorena

    I made lunch for 17 people this past week. I decided to try this recipe to make for the meal. Not only did my husband love it when I made it for practice, but everyone at the lunch loved it too! It is very easy to make and very flavorful.

    1. Carl

      My Grandaughter (student UNLV) made this for our family, many servings to the base recipe?

    2. Sally

      I am considering making this for 17 adults. There is no servings noted for this recipe so how did you decide on the amounts needed for a large crowd?

  39. Shantel

    Just made this with some adjustments. I used skim milk instead of heavy cream and it worked perfectly. The cream cheese thickens the milk up great. I also only used 1/2 of a fat free Cream cheese block and melted it with 1/2 c onions. Plenty of flavor with my adjustments, just a bit healthier.

  40. Jodi P

    I made this tonight, everyone loved it, thank you for sharing!!

  41. Chelsy

    I made this tonight and HONESTLY it was probably my favorite meal. EVER. Thanks so much for the recipe! I did add a bit of paprika in the cheese sauce, but otherwise I made it exactly like yours! SO GOOD!

  42. Crystal Geslak

    Thank you! I will be making this next weekend for the family. Looks delicious.

  43. Janelle T

    I just made this the other night, and let me say.. it was very tasty!! I didn't have penne or ziti on hand, so just used what I had in my pantry (Radiatore) and pre-cooked chicken breasts over the weekend to use during the week for meals, making it a lot quicker to cook after work. Time saver of also using pre-packed ham cubes and bacon bits was helpful too. The sauce was very tasty and the meal came together well! Good as left overs too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  44. Barbara Schulke

    Has anyone froze this recipe?

  45. Jess L

    This was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! One of (if not THE) best recipe from pinterest that we've tried!!

  46. Barbara Schulke

    Can this recipe be frozen?

  47. Lisa Saragosa

    Made this tonight, husbad and kids loved it..Husband said it was perfect! Followed the recipe to the tee!! Did add a little more bacon:) THANK YOU!! Will be making again!

  48. Sherry Lochner

    Ahhhh-mazing! Thank you for posting! I used 1 cup cream and 1 cup half-n-half. I also used butter crackers instead of bread crumbs on top.

  49. TerryFamilyMomma

    Has anyone frozen this meal? Tried it for the first time tonite and my husband was literally speechless! Sooooooooo good!

  50. Linda

    What is the red stuff in the picture? Tomatoes or red peppers?

    1. Chef in Training

      thats the bacon :)

  51. Rosalie

    Hey does anyone know how many calories per serving?

  52. Latasha

    Made this tonight for dinner. I paired it with sweet peas. It was delicious! Boyfriend went back for seconds. This is a keeper.

  53. Lori

    Is that 2 whole chicken breasts (4 pieces) or 2 breast halves?

    1. Chef in Training

      2 individual chicken breasts, about 1 to 1.5 pounds total weight

  54. Laurie

    This recipe was very good, but I found the method to not work for the recipe. My suggestion would be to make a white sauce with 3Tab butter...3Tab of flour 2-3 cups of milk or 1/2&1/2 . I prefered this the second day after I mixed it with this white sauce and adding additional 2cups of cheese to it.
    Its not that the recipe tasted bad.... its just the cheese isnt at all creamy like it is by the addition of a cheese sauce. I will make again..But I will use my gut knowing that I should have made the white sauce to begin with.

  55. Amber Crump

    Can this be frozen and re-heated?

  56. Llubia

    Hi. On this recipe does anyone know how many it feeds?

  57. Colleen

    I want to try this recipe but hate swiss cheese - what do you think a good alternative would be?

  58. Shirley Leyva

    You might also try it with a mix of swiss and gruyere cheeses. I am going to try this. My husband LOVES Chicken Cordon Blue. Might also mix some cheese with the breadcrumbs or use panko.

  59. Donna Graham

    Made this tonight my husband really liked it! I did not have any ham so left it out, it was still delicious! I did cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us. Can't wait to make this for family dinner!!! Yummy!!!!!

  60. Melanie Bainter

    I made this last night for my husband and one of his friends and they couldn't stop saying how good it was the entire time they were eating. Even after, they kept saying Thank you for making dinner!! :) IT WAS SO GOOD! It was a little rich and I'd try using something a little different than the heavy cream next time just because I can't bare looking at all the calories that's in that little pint of goodness. And I'd use more chicken - just because I LOVE chicken in this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

  61. Sam

    How many people does this serve

  62. Kelly


  63. Sarah Doyle

    The only way this could be better, is if it were TOTALLY GUILT FREE! NO CALORIES! Wowzers, I ate way to much, lol! My 4 little boys enjoyed it as well, delish! Thank you!

  64. Christina

    Just made this... I halved the recipe (Since I was just cooking for lil' ol me) and it came out PERFECTLY. It's fantastic, a keeper for sure!

  65. Jamie

    I make this for my family all the time!!! We absolutely love it!!! Thanks for the recipe!! It's fantastic!!!

  66. Amy

    Made this last night for dinner - it was FANTASTIC!!! I used half & half instead of heavy cream to save a few calories, light cream cheese, used shell pasta and used only 1/2 cup Hormel bacon pieces (again to save a few calories and to simplify it a little!) - we LOVED it!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  67. Amy

    Amazing!! To make a bit healthier I substituted Greek yogurt and milk for the heavy cream and it was awesome! Thanks!!

  68. Molly

    Made this for dinner tonight 10.16.13 - was fabulous!! Everyone loved it!! Thanks for posting the recipe!!

  69. Arica

    I just started cooking for my boyfriend and I'm always confused on what the side should be. Like to this meal, what would be a good side?

  70. Becca

    I made this tonight and was SO EXCITED to eat it because it looked super good, but then I tried it....
    The swiss cheese, heavy cream, cream cheese sauce obviously didn't turn out for me :-( It smells and tastes super nasty and maybe burnt? It didn't look burnt when I was mixing/melting it. What did I do wrong? I'm super bummed because that was A LOT of food (pasta, chicken, bacon, etc) and would have fed us for a week! Plus it looked super delish! Any suggestions? I'm would like to try again as I'm sure it was operator error... but I want to know what I did wrong so I can fix it and not ruin another dish. Thanks...

  71. Regina

    I made this for family Sunday dinner and it went over so well! Very filling and easy to do :)

  72. tara

    very good :)

  73. Jazz

    It looks like a great recipe to try! My boyfriend loves the original chicken cordon bleu recipe so I sure he'll love to eat this at work! I was wondering how much this recipe serves for?

    1. Chef in Training

      Serves about 6 people

  74. Kate Lorenzon

    Oooh I have a similar recipe that I haven't made in a while... Might pull that old trick out if my magic hat this week. I use a ready to serve rotisserie chicken from the food store, adds another special flavor!!!!

  75. Dolores Jones

    Wow i love coocking with new and exciting ideas. Thank u.

  76. kim

    My boyfriend hates cream cheese. Can you use a different kind of cheese?

  77. Dani

    So glad I stumbled across this recipe! Had to use milk instead ofheavy c ream and used different cheese and only chicken. (using up what I had left in my pantry/fridge) and my family loved it! Without telling him what the recipe was called my husband said it reminded him of Chicken Cordon Blue! Win for dinner last night

    1. Sherry

      Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  78. Regina Enos


    My husband made the Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta today. It was so yummy!!! Thank you for publishing it.

  79. Kathy

    Just made this, sooooo yummy. Family loved it :)

  80. Wendy

    This yummy dish went over great with my picky family for sharing!!

  81. Traci


    This was great! I made it the other night and my son went back for thirds. I had to stop him so he wouldn't get sick before going to marching band practice.

  82. Monica

    Just a quick question...the photo shows what looks like tomatoes or roasted red peppers, as well as basil and/or oregano--are these included? or did you use Italian bread crumbs? and if so, how much? Thanks!

  83. Carmen


    This is literally my favorite recipe I have found online. Ever.

  84. Amanda Zimmerman


    This pasta is fantastic! I will definitely be making this again some time soon. Everything I've made from this blog has been wonderful and I try to make at least one new recipe a week.

  85. Tami

    i was wondering about how many servings this makes. I'm going to make it for my Christmas party for eight people and think I probably would need to double it.

    1. Chef in Training

      It makes about 5-6 servings

  86. Hollis


    Made this recipe calls few months ago and making it again this week! Super good recipe, very rich but we liked that.

  87. sheri


    Hello! I did not have any cream so I made a white sauce and pretended that is was. Followed the rest and it came out great, thanks for the post!

  88. Deborah Mielke


    Very good recipe. Would use at least half milk instead of cream next time as it was a bit too rich. Would also add a bot of chpped parsley for color.

  89. gumbalina

    in the oven now...cant wait to try it......i also added some asparagus bits thats i had and mozzerella cheese on top and garlic flavored panko bread crumbs....smells like heaven

  90. Lexie

    Unbelievably good and packed with lots of flavor!! I made this for dinner yesterday and we had it for the past three meals. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!!! ??????

  91. Ilen


    This recipe is so delicious and easy to family love this recipe.

  92. digital paws


    i just made this for my tea tonight, i did not like it i'll be honest. too much meat, and far too much cream.. and it was just generally very sickly.. won't be making this again!

  93. kathleen


    My husband loved this, and that's something coming from him.

  94. Alicia


    Delicious. Very rich and creamy. I would definitely make again.

  95. Pamela StJohn


    This looks so delicioous! I love all your recipes and can't wait to try them all including this one! I absolutely love to cook and bake. :)

  96. Jodi Sizemore

    I've made this about 3 times and just love this recipe.

  97. Jodi


    This is my favorite..absolutely love it.

  98. San

    Don't know why bacon. Chicken Cordo Blue never has bacon.

  99. nancy haywood


    you've got some fabulous looking recipes. i pinned some of them, can't wait to try some. thank you for posting them

  100. Alex

    How many does the recipe serve?

  101. Peggy

    How ma y does this serve?

  102. Laura

    I’ve been making this regularly sinfe I got married 5 years ago. It’s such a comfort food! My husband is obsessed!

  103. Lynn

    I have made this dish several times and everyone raves about it! It is so delicious!!

  104. Hannah B


    THIS IS A WINNER! Especially for picky husbands. My husband likes chicken cordon bleu a lot, so I thought I would make this for him. He took one bite, slowly lifted his head up with the WIDEST eyes I have ever seen, saying "MMMMMMMM" while smiling, then proceeded to stuff his face clear full and said that was the best dinner I had made in a while. He even went back and started eating it out of the pan. This recipe is most definitely going to become a regular! Thank you!

  105. Christa Mistak


    You're pasta recipe is one of my family's favorite! I changed it up a few years ago, where I removed the ham out of the recipe and added 1 lb. of shrimp (sauted).
    Obviously this is no longer a cordon bleu pasta but it tastes amazing! We now put more shrimp than chicken in the pasta. Also there are times when i replace the bacon for pancetta.

  106. Deanna


    My family loves this! Sometimes I add french fried onions to the topping.

  107. Mia


    I made this tonight for dinner. Easy to make and it was delicious. Definitely keeping this recipe. Thank you

  108. Diane W


    Made this for dinner tonight. It is really tasty. Only thing I changed was I put the ingredients into individual large ramekins for a nice presentation at the table. Instead of layering the ingredients in the ramekin, I chose to mix everything together first and then put in the dishes and topped each with a little cheese and breadcrumbs. I also added about 1 TBSP of dijon mustard to the sauce. Delicious. Will definitely make again.

  109. Mary OHenley


    I have this in the oven right now. Smells delicious. I used 1 tsp of garlic powder instead of garlic salt and I only had 1/2 cup of heavy cream so just used milk for the rest. I didn't have swiss cheese so I used mozerella and gouda and then crushed ritz crackers on top. Made a loaf of homemade bread to go with it 😋