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Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Do you get easily distracted? I do, and it’s actually getting quite annoying. I prepare the recipe in my head, working through all of the steps and ingredients…and then something goes amiss. Somewhere between planning the meal and actually preparing the meal my brain goes on a vacation…a detour as it were and I’m left standing in the kitchen…..

panko crusted chicken rolled around ham and cheese, but in half and sitting on a white plate with a tossed salad

wondering….what exactly just happened? Why am I telling you this? Well, it’s to show you that anyone can cook any one of my recipes. There are no special skills required, in fact half of the time I am creating solutions to problems that pop up after my brain has left on that vacation I just mentioned! 😉

How to make Chicken Cordon Bleu:

The proper way to make Chicken Cordon Bleu is to create a slit in the side of each chicken breast. When you are distracted however, you may end up with your chicken breast butterflied…..

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Huh…well then, let’s just go with it and see what happens, right? YES!

Next we want to lay down 2 slices of ham and top them with 1/4th of the shredded cheese…..

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You don’t have to do this on the chicken breast, I wanted to see how they would fit. 😉

Roll ham slices around the cheese and insert into the slit in the chicken breast…..

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This is where we pretend that there is just a slit in the chicken. 😉

Secure the opening with a wooden skewer or large toothpicks and set them aside…..

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I could not find those silly skewers anywhere, so I grabbed some fancy cocktail toothpicks and they worked perfectly.

Mix rice flour and paprika together on a large plate. Set aside. Beat eggs and water together in a small bowl. Set aside. Mix panko crumbs with thyme and black pepper on a second large plate. Set aside…..

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Dredge each of the stuffed chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Then dip in the eggs, and dredge in the panko mixture. Set aside…..

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Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Place the coated chicken breasts in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 7 minutes……

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Flip the chicken over and cook on the second side until golden brown and cooked through to 165 degrees…..

Chicken Cordon Bleu thermometer cookingwithcurls.com

Remove from skillet, place on a plate, cover with aluminium foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Make sure that you check insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken and not into the molten hot cheese. 😉

To make the Dijon Gravy:

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Simmer while continuing to whisk for 2 minutes to cook the flour…..

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Add the Dijon mustard, onion powder, and thyme, whisk. Pour in the milk or stock and whisk while cooking until thickened…..

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Serve your Chicken Cordon Bleu with the Dijon Gravy poured over the top or on the side for dipping…..

chicken cordon bleu cut in half on a white plate with a tossed salad

The Dijon Gravy was kind of an after thought, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to make. Mustard seemed like it would be perfect with ham and Swiss, but I hate mustard, lol. I decided to go for it and create a creamy gravy…and it was delicious!!

a black fork holding a piece of chicken cordon bleu above the plate with the remaining chicken and a tossed salad

I gave my daughter two choices: Honey Sesame Chicken or Chicken Cordon Bleu, I guess you can tell which on she chose. 😉

I am glad that she did. The chicken is moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside with ooey, gooey cheese inside wrapped in ham. Even better, it only took about 30 minutes to prepare, that makes this recipe a keeper!

Aged Swiss cheese is available at my grocery store, so I was able to keep it lactose-free. I also chose Applegate Farms Black Forrest ham that does not contain preservatives or nitrates. 🙂

P.S. don’t forget to remove the toothpicks before serving!!

More delicious chicken recipes:

Chicken Parmesan

Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Scaloppine

Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma

Creamy Mushroom Chicken

Chicken au Champagne

Enjoy!!

panko crusted chicken rolled around ham and cheese, but in half and sitting on a white plate with a tossed salad

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu with a creamy Dijon gravy is much easier to make than you realize and so worth the effort!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chicken, panko, mustard, dijon, gravy, sauce, recipe, ham, cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 710kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 8 slices ham
  • 4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese a cup to 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 large eggs beaten with 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Dijon Gravy

  • 2 Tablespoons butter or oil
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup milk or chicken stock I used unsweetened cashew milk

Instructions

  • Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast using a sharp paring knife. Set aside.
  • Lay 2 slices of ham on work surface and top with one quarter of the cheese.
  • Roll ham slices around the cheese and insert into the slit in the chicken breast.
  • Secure the opening with a wooden skewer or large toothpicks.
  • Mix rice flour and paprika together on a large plate. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs and water together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix panko crumbs with thyme on a second large plate. Set aside.
  • Dredge each of the stuffed chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Then dip in the eggs, and dredge in the panko mixture. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Place the coated chicken breasts in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 7 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken over and cook on the second side until golden brown and cooked through to 165 degrees.
  • Remove from skillet, place on a plate, cover with aluminium foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

To make the Dijon Gravy:

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Add the flour and whisk to combine. Simmer while continuing to whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Add the Dijon mustard, onion powder, and thyme, whisk.
  • Pour in the milk or stock and whisk while cooking until thickened.

Nutrition

Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 255mg | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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6 Comments

  1. I hope that means your daughter got to come visit you in AZ!!
    This looks so delicious – chicken cordon bleu is one of my all time favorites. And I am laughing at the “distracted” part.

    I never get distracted. I was just working on a post and then started to read this and then… SQUIRREL!!! 😉

    Pinned!!

  2. This is my kind of meal! My family would think I worked hard all day … but the secret would be mine!! 😀

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