Simple preparation plus quality ingredients makes this Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu a fabulous mid-week dinner, fancy enough for company, easy enough for every day!
Peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, swiss cheese and ham – it’s like these seemingly unrelated foods were just made for each other!
This is such a great recipe you’ll keep around forever, and make over and over again! Every time I make this for anyone, they beg for the recipe, so I finally wrote it up and put it here for everyone to enjoy.
It got me to thinking – the things I make are not complex, but… they DO taste good. It’s not like much on this blog is terribly fancy! It’s just good food. The real secret to great tasting food? QUALITY ingredients. It’s the little details that make your home-cooked meals special!
4 Tbs butter
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cracked pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
2 large chicken breasts
1 oz swiss cheese sliced
4 slices deli ham
1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
Pre heat the oven to 350F.
Melt the butter in a large bowl.
Mix together the thyme, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Using a kitchen mallet, pound the chicken breasts evenly until they’re about half an inch thick.
Season chicken on both sides with the mixed seasonings.
Place a slice of ham on each chicken breast, then a slice of swiss cheese, and top with another slice of ham.
Roll up the chicken, and dip into the melted butter, then the panko.
Place in the greased baking dish.
Tuck in the ends and secure each chicken bundle with toothpicks.
Bake for 35-40 mins, or until a thermometer reads 165F.
Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
To serve, either place one chicken cordon bleu on each plate, or cut into slices.
What temperature should chicken be cooked to?Using a thermometer – check the thickest part of your chicken, it should be 165F.
Can you use prosciutto in Chicken Cordon Bleu?Absolutely! It’s thin, it’s salty – and it’s delicious. You may wish to use more than one slice, as it’s fairly thin, though!
What side dishes go with chicken cordon bleu?Try this risotto recipe, for an easy (yet delicious) side. Perhaps a baked potato, mashed potato or some kind of pasta – you choose! I also like to serve this roasted asparagus.
How do I flatten chicken breasts?Place the chicken breasts between to sheets of plastic wrap (or use a plastic ziploc bag), and pound out with a meat mallet.
What can I use if I don’t have a meat mallet?Literally anything. A rollling pin, a hammer, a wine bottle (carefully), a heavy book, a can of something (full). ANYTHING!
Don’t forget to remove the toothpicks! They don’t taste good.
Use an egg wash or dijon mustard instead of butter if you prefer.
Change out the seasoning for Italian seasoning, or Tuscan Seasoning and leave out the thyme & garlic.