Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup - everything you love about chicken cordon bleu (the chicken, the ham, the swiss) plus bacon in a creamy soup! From DessertNowDinnerLater.com

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

Yield 8 (1-cup) servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz diced ham
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits
  • 8 oz swiss, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or garlic powder and salt to taste)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a stock pot. Add the cubed chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink; about 6 minutes. Remove meat from pan and set aside.
  2. Add butter to the pot and allow it to melt. Whisk in flour and cook until the fragrance is nutty about 1 minute.
  3. Add the half and half, milk, and broth, whisking briskly as you pour. Whisk until all the flour mixture is smooth.
  4. Return the chicken to the pot and add the ham as well. Simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes; the sauce will thicken up.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and add the bacon bits and shredded swiss. Stir until cheese melts. Taste the soup and add the seasonings to taste. (The ham, bacon, and swiss all have high sodium contents, so you may want to opt for garlic powder instead of garlic salt, or just some black pepper.)

Recipe Notes

Tip: Use 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken in place of the olive oil and cubed chicken. Add it with the other meats in step 4.

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