Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu is an easy, yet elegant recipe for a special dinner. Tender and lightly seasoned chicken breasts rolled up in ham and oozing Swiss cheese baked in a golden brown crust. It’s so good. Your family or guests will think you’ve slaved in the kitchen all day.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • block of Swiss cheese
  • thickly sliced deli ham
  • large egg
  • water
  • plain bread crumbs
  • dried parsley
  • seasoned salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Slice the block of Swiss cheese into 6 thick slices.

Butterflying Chicken Breasts

If the chicken breasts are thick, you may need to butterfly them by splitting the chicken in half horizontally and then pressing open. This will allow the breast to be flattened even more for the next step.

I will often buy frozen chicken breasts or tenders in 2.5 or 3 pound bulk packages. These chicken pieces are often mixed sizes and shapes. For this recipe, I suggest buying freshly cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts found in the meat department. 

Preparing the Chicken for Chicken Cordon Bleu

Using the flat portion of a meat tenderizing mallet, flatten chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness.

This part can get messy. If desired, place the chicken in a gallon freezer bag before pounding with the mallet.

Assembling the Chicken:

 Preparing Chicken Ham and Cheese

Line the inside of each chicken with 2 thick slices of deli ham. Place a slice of Swiss cheese to within 1/4 inch of edge. Starting at one long edge, roll the chicken and ham to enclose the cheese. Secure it with a toothpick or two and place on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil that has been covered with baking spray or a silicone baking mat. Place chicken at least 3 inches apart.

 

To Prepare the Crunchy Coating

Prepare egg wash in a small bowl by whisking together 1 large egg and a tablespoon of water. In a second bowl mix together the plain breadcrumbs, dried parsley, seasoned salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Seasoning the Chicken

Using a pastry brush, coat the chicken rolls with egg wash, then generously sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the tops and sides of each piece.

Spritz with a baking spray before placing in the oven.

 

Optional Coating:

Optional Coating for Chicken Cordon Bleu

If you would rather keep things simple, simply brush each piece of rolled chicken with extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with dried parsley, seasoned salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

 

Baking Instructions:

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear.

Chicken should cook to at least a 165 degree internal temperature.

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu with Asparagus with Creamed Mushroom Sauce

Serve with seasoned rice and a green vegetable, such as Asparagus with Mushroom Cream Sauce. This recipe will serve 6 people.

 

Wine Suggestion: Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay.

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Recipe for Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu - Easter Menu Ideas

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Here is an easy, yet elegant recipe for a special dinner. Serve with Asparagus with Mushroom Cream Sauce and Onion Crescent Rolls. So yummy!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: France
Keyword: Chicken Breast, Deli Ham, Swiss cheese
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Meat Tenderizer
Pastry Brush
Aluminum Foil
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 6 ea. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 8 oz Swiss cheese 6 thick slices
  • 12 pieces thickly sliced deli ham

Egg Wash and Crunchy Coating:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • If the chicken breasts are thick, you may need to butterfly them by splitting the chicken in half horizontally and then pressing open. This will allow the breast to be flattened even more for the next step.
  • Using the flat portion of a meat tenderizing mallet, flatten chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness. This part can get messy. If desired, place the chicken in a gallon freezer bag before pounding with the mallet.
  • Line the inside of each chicken with 2 thick slices of deli ham. Place a slice of Swiss cheese to within 1/4 inch of edge. Starting at one long edge, roll the chicken and ham to enclose the cheese. Secure it with a toothpick or two and place on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil that has been covered with baking spray or a silicone baking mat. Place chicken at least 3 inches apart.

Egg Wash and Crunchy Coating:

  • Prepare egg wash in a small bowl by whisking together 1 egg and a tablespoon of water. In a second bowl mix together plain breadcrumbs, dried parsley, seasoned salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Using a pastry brush, coat each piece of chicken with egg wash. Then generously sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the tops and sides of each piece.
  • Generously spritz the chicken with cooking spray before baking.

Optional Simple Coating:

  • Brush each piece of chicken with extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with dried parsley, seasoned salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until juices run clear. Chicken should cook to at least a 165 degree internal temperature.
  • Serve with seasoned rice and a green vegetable. Makes 6 servings.

Notes

Wine Suggestion: Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 1mg
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