Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of those banquet dishes (or frozen-meal dishes) that isn’t necessarily the first thing we think of making when thinking about chicken for dinner. But it’s a tasty way to change up plain ol’ baked chicken for dinner—and it’s relatively easy to make.
- 2 six- to eight-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 8 to 12 slices thinly sliced deli ham (sandwich-style)
- 2 to 4 slices swiss cheese and/or 2 oz. blue cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup dry grated Parmesan cheese
- Thor’s Hammer (meat mallet)
- Gallon-size zip-top bag
- 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish
- toothpicks or skewers
Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter and allow to sit while completing the following steps.
Place one piece of chicken in the zip-top bag and, with the smooth side of the meat mallet, pound out to about 1/3-inch thickness. Repeat with second piece.
Layer 4 to 6 slices of deli ham on the flattened chicken, top with cheese (2 slices of Swiss if not using the combination of Swiss and Blue cheeses). Roll tightly and secure with toothpick. Repeat with second breast.
Dip chicken in the butter and then in the egg, then roll in Parmesan cheese. Pour remaining melted butter in baking dish. Place chicken rolls in pan and bake about 30 minutes, or until juices run clear.
You can drizzle with additional melted butter and place under broiler for a few minutes to add a bit of color, if desired.
Let sit about five minutes before serving.
Nutritional Info for 1 serving (1 whole breast/roll)
Chicken: 235 calories, 0 g carbs
2 slices Baby Swiss: 140 calories, 0 g carbs
Ham: (4 slices) 40 calories, 1 g carbs
Egg (about 1/2 used): 37 calories, 0 g carbs
1 Tbsp butter: 102 calories, 0 g carbs
Grated Parmesan: 144 calories, 1 g carbs
Totals: 698 calories, 2 g carbs
I added a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan (~40 calories, negligible carbs). I served with a side of steam-in-bag asparagus (80 calories, 2 g net carbs)