Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatloaf – Gluten Free

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If you’re a fan of chicken cordon bleu, you’ll love this gluten-free chicken cordon bleu meatloaf! It’s packed with all the flavours of the classic dish – chicken, ham, and Swiss cheese – and it’s topped with creamy tomato sauce and cheese for extra deliciousness. Trust me, this is one low-carb meatloaf that will have everyone coming back for seconds (and thirds!).


baked chicken meatloaf in a dish with tomato sauce


What is chicken cordon bleu meatloaf?

It is a meatloaf made with ground chicken rolled with ham and cheese. It is a popular dish that is often served at parties and gatherings.

What does chicken meatloaf taste like?

If you’re wondering what chicken meatloaf tastes like, think of a chicken and ham roll – but way better. The chicken loaf is tender, while the ham is thinly sliced, subtly salty with a smoky flavour. In addition, the Swiss cheese adds a nice creaminess to the dish, making this gluten-free meatloaf insanely good!

Why is chicken meatloaf healthier?

Meatloaf is typically made with beef. Beef is high in cholesterol and saturated fats, making chicken leaner meat and lower in calories. Leaner meats are also easier to digest.

best tomato sauce for meatloaf

There are so many different ways to make a delicious chicken meatloaf. One of the most important parts is the sauce. A good sauce can make or break a meatloaf dish, so choose wisely.

There are many flavours of sauces, so it can be tough to decide which one to use. But, if you’re looking for a great tomato sauce for a chicken meatloaf, we recommend trying our easy five-minute creamy tomato sauce recipe. Or try our Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce.

Would you like to personalize the sauce? 

1. Classic Tomato Sauce: This classic tomato sauce is the perfect base for a delicious meatloaf. It’s simple and flavorful and will complement your meatloaf’s flavours. I added cream cheese to the sauce to add extra creaminess

2. Spicy Tomato Sauce: If you like a little bit of heat in your food, then spicy tomato sauce is perfect for you. It will give your chicken meatloaf a kick. So don’t be afraid to add hot red pepper flakes.

3. Sweet Tomato Sauce: Sweet tomato sauce is great if you’re looking for something a little different. It’s sweet and savoury and sure to please everyone at the table. To change our sauce to a sweet tomato sauce, add honey or pure maple syrup to taste.

Why do you use black forest ham in the cordon bleu recipe?

There are a few reasons we use black forest ham in the recipe. First, the ham provides a nice salty flavour that helps to offset the sweetness of the other ingredients. Second, the ham adds smokiness and another texture to the dish. 


sliced chicken meatloaf with pasta, gluten free


best cheeses to use for cordon bleu meatloaf recipe

When it comes to making a chicken cordon bleu meatloaf, there are a few different kinds of cheese that you could use. However, not all cheeses are created equal, and some will taste better than others. If you’re looking for the best cheese to use for your cordon bleu meatloaf, then you should consider one of these three options.

Swiss cheese is one of the most popular cheeses to use in a chicken cordon bleu dish. It has a nice, mild flavour that pairs well with the other ingredients in the dish. Plus, it melts nicely, making it ideal for a meatloaf.

Another excellent cheese option is Gruyere. This cheese is slightly more flavorful than Swiss cheese but still relatively mild. It’s also very smooth, which makes it perfect for melting into a meatloaf.

Finally, if you want a cheesy flavour, you can’t go wrong with Parmesan cheese. This cheese has a strong flavour that can stand up to the other ingredients in the dish. Plus, it melts quickly, so it’s ideal for meatloaf.

why is this an easy chicken recipe

This recipe is for an easy chicken cordon bleu meatloaf. It is an excellent dish for those who are short on time or are looking for an easy meal to make. The ingredients are simple, and the instructions are straightforward. 

This chicken dish cooks in about an hour and can be easily tailored to your liking. You can add more or less of the ingredients to suit your taste, and the dish can be served with various sides.

This chicken recipe can also be easily scaled up or down depending on how many people you are feeding.


recipe snapshot


step 1 to 3 making chicken cordon bleu meatloaf

steps 4 to 6 chicken meat loaf



Ground chicken; use ground turkey or ground pork

gluten-free breadcrumbs; use one slice of stale gluten-free bread, place it in a food processor and process to make breadcrumbs

Parmesan; asiago, mozzarella, cheddar

Swiss cheese; Gruyere, parmesan

Black forest ham; cooked ham, smoked turkey or smoked chicken

Cream cheese; use 1 cup of any of these, fontina, Gouda, Gruyère, Havarti, Monterey Jack, or Muenster

the sides

You can make this an Italian gluten-free meal by serving it with gluten-free pasta. Other popular sides are rice, mashed potatoes, Simply Roasted Fennel With Carrots or Hearty Cabbage with Collard Greens. To keep this gluten-free meal keto-friendly, add Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes or a big green salad.

Is organic chicken healthier?

There are a lot of opinions out there about whether an organic chicken is healthier than non-organic chicken. Some people believe that organic chicken is higher in nutrients and lower in toxins, while others believe that the difference is not significant enough to warrant the higher price tag. 

So, what’s the verdict?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The truth is that there is not a lot of scientific evidence to support either side of the argument. Some studies have shown that organic chicken does have higher levels of certain nutrients, but other studies have not found any significant differences. 

It’s important to remember that chicken is relatively lean meat, and even minor differences in nutrient levels can significantly impact overall health.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to buy organic chicken is a personal one. If you are concerned about your health and the environment, organic chicken may be the best choice. 

However, if you are on a budget or don’t feel strongly about the issue, then the non-organic chicken is probably just fine.


top view of sliced meatloaf with pasta


I hope you give this gluten-free, low carb chicken cordon bleu meatloaf a try. The recipe is easy enough for passionate home cooks. Feel free to comment with suggestions or questions. I always love to hear from you. Enjoy!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 2 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. GF dried basil
  • 1 tsp. GF dried oregano
  • 1/2 Sea salt and GF ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups roughly chopped or grated Swiss cheese, divided
  • 200 g (7 oz.) thinly sliced black forest ham
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil, more for brushing
  • 1 minced or grated garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. GF dried oregano
  • GF hot red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • 1 x 398 ml can pure tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz. cubed cream cheese, at room temperature
  • *see notes and substitutions on the post
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 F
  • In a bowl, mix meat, bread crumbs, parmesan, basil, oregano, salt and three tablespoons of water
  • Place a large piece of parchment paper on your work surface and brush with oil
  • Invert the meat mixture on the parchment paper. Rub your hands with oil and shape the meat mixture into a 10x12-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with 2 cups of Swiss cheese
  • Starting on the short side, top half the meat with black forest ham. Then, start at the short side with the ham to tightly roll by using the parchment paper. Then pinch the ends on both sides. *see recipe snapshot
  • Using the parchment paper, carefully transfer loaf into a deep baking dish with the seam facing down. Bake for 45 minutes
  • While the loaf is baking, saute garlic and spices in olive oil until just fragrant—about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce and water and bring to a boil. Add the cream cheese and cook over medium heat until the cheese has melted, stirring as needed. About 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt as needed and set aside
  • When ready, pour the sauce over the meatloaf and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of Swiss cheese. Continue baking until the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes
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    3 Responses to Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatloaf – Gluten Free

    • Erika July 23, 2022

      Awesome taste. Easy to make.

    • Sella October 25, 2022

      I just made this and OMG! Awesome!! I followed everything, almost. I used ground turkey instead of chicken. I made a 3 pounder, since my family is large (and adjusted amounts). We served with GF gnocchi and used the red sauce as a topping for it. I am so thankful to find your site. Easy to make, made a huge amount so we can eat left-overs tomorrow, and simple directions! Glad you had photos- so I understood how to roll the masterpiece-

      • Kristina October 25, 2022

        thank you Sella for sharing, Kristina xx

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