When I started creating this dish, I originally wanted it to be an E meal, but after I created the recipe and started calculating the fat content I realized I had an S with an S helper and that I was going to have to reduce some of the fat content for it to be an E. So I have included in the recipe both E and S options.
I based the idea for this dish off of a recipe I saw on Pinterest and the Queso Chicken Bake in the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook on page 123, which by the away is another family favorite. I was concerned that my new dish would not have enough flavor or that it would be dry. But I baked it and served it to my husband with the disclaimer that it was newly created recipe and asked him for an honest review. I was blown away! He loved it! As I tasted it I also enjoyed it! It reminded me of comfort food at its finest and another family favorite was born! Yes, I was honest with my husband and told him there was okra in it, but if you have picky eaters, you don’t have to tell, because they won’t even be able to see it or taste it.
We will be eating this one quite often. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (THM-S (with S helper) or E) 8 Servings
3 cooked chicken breasts shredded (I cooked mine in the crockpot an then shredded it.)
1.5 cups of brown rice cooked
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup okra (optional, but helps thicken your sauce)
Parmesan (green can)
4 tablespoon bacon bits (1.5 grams fat or less per tablespoon)
8 slices lean ham lunch meat cubed
12 wedges laughing cow cheese
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 tablespoon bacon bits (1.5 grams fat or less per tablespoon)
6 slices lean ham lunch meat cubed
8 laughing cow cheese wedges
3 oz less fat cream cheese
Preheat oven to 375
Place shredded chicken, cooked rice and bacon bits in a greased 9x13 baking dish and mix, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder
lay ham across the top of the chicken
In a blender blend the okra, cream cheese, laughing cow cheese, chicken broth until smooth, pour over mixture in the baking dish
Sprinkle with a little bit of Parmesan
Bake for 30-35 mins until golden on top.