A deconstructed dish, this Cordon Blue Skillet Pasta has all the delicious flavors of a traditional cordon blue in a quick and easy weeknight meal.
I’m on the easy and quick kick lately. I’m on the one skillet or one pot meal lately. If you had our workday wouldn’t you? Up at 4am. Our the door by 5:30 (most days) work 8 hours, get home around 5:30 pm, do dishes, walk the dog, cook dinner, watch some television and blog before going to bed at 9 only to start the madness all over again the next day. Here it is almost 6:30 and my “quick” slow cooker meal isn’t so quick. Something about forgetting to reset the time on the rice cooker that’s put a damper on things.
So, you can see why I’m loving quick and easy one pot or one skillet meals; less time cooking and less time in the kitchen the next night doing dishes.
I’ve also realized that I spend way too much time preparing ingredients for the weekday meals on the weekday. I even said to S that I needed to prep ingredients for weekday meals on the weekends.
Yeah, that happened.
We spent almost all weekend working on the front yard. It looks gorgeous, but threw my plans at trying to get ahead of dinners this weekend. So, today I caramelized shallots for the ultimate patty melts I’m making tomorrow for dinner. Now, I just need to sauté the mushrooms and fry the patties.
But, that’s another post about another recipe. This post is about a delicious recipe for Cordon Blue Skillet Pasta. I know what you’re saying, or at least I think I do. You’re saying, “But Christie, you’ve made a cordon blue skillet rice or something like that,” and you’re correct, I did.
But this is pasta. And this tastes just slightly different. And who can really resist such delicious goodness that is cordon blue anyway? Chicken, cheese, ham goodness all wrapped up in one dish. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite meals ever.
Just look at that creamy pasta, the tender chicken, and the salty ham that are absolutely perfect together! And since this recipe comes together in such a short time, it’s a perfect recipe for those long, nightmare-ish, commutes. So, not only is it delicious, but it’s perfect for any night of the week! Win win!!
And trust me when I say we have some serious, nightmare-ish commutes! The other morning what usually takes about 45 – 48 minutes was estimated at 1 1/2 hours. What the??????? Are you kidding me? Some that follow my personal account on Facebook might have seen the screen shot. 49 miles to travel 11 miles.
Thankfully, Waze routed us around the horrid accident blocking an entire lane of a two lane highway that usually sees millions of commuters a year. Download that ap now. It’s a game changer in your driving.
And yes, that was a morning commute, but it has taken us as long as 1 1/2 hours to get home in the evenings, too. That’s when a dish like this truly does come in handy. All you need is some crusty bread for any sauce that might be left on your plate.
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 ounces country ham, diced
- 1 cup fat free half and half
- 3 wedges Swiss cheese spread
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 3 slices reduced fat Swiss cheese, diced
- 4 cups cooked pasta
- Heat a skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Cook the chicken 4 to 5 minutes or until browned.
- Add the ham and continue to cook until the ham is slightly crisp.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cream, garlic salt, thyme, and poultry seasoning.
- Using a whisk, stir in the wedges of cheese until melted.
- Stir the Swiss cheese and pasta into the chicken mixture until the cheese melts.
- Serve with garlic bread.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 611Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 146mgSodium 783mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 57g