Oven Chicken Cordon Bleu

Enjoy your dinner with this chicken breast filled with ham and cheese – a traditional cordon bleu recipe.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
boneless skinless chicken breast (about 1 1/4 lb)
2
teaspoons Dijon mustard
4
teaspoons chopped fresh chives
4
very thin slices lean cooked ham (about 3/4 oz each)
4
very thin slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese (about 3/4 oz each)
1
egg white
1
tablespoon water
1/3
cup finely crushed corn flakes or bran flakes cereal
1/4
teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square (2 quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Between sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper, flatten each chicken breast to 1/4-inch thickness.
  • 2 Spread each chicken breast with 1/2 teaspoon mustard; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chives. Cut ham and cheese slices to fit chicken. Top each chicken breast with ham and cheese slice. Roll up, tucking ends inside.
  • 3 In shallow bowl, combine egg white and water; beat slightly. Place cereal crumbs in shallow dish. Coat chicken rolls with egg white mixture; roll in crumbs. Place in baking dish; sprinkle with paprika.
  • 4 Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

Expert Tips

For the classic chicken cordon bleu, the stuffed chicken breasts are browned in oil in a skillet before being transferred to the oven. This version is baked instead of fried to reduce calories and fat.

Arrange individual chives (with the flowers attached, if available) in a decorative pattern atop each serving. Chive flowers, like the flowers of most other herbs, are edible; they taste like chives. The stalks of chives that have gone to flower, however, are tough and fibrous.

Rice pilaf and steamed asparagus spears round out this meal.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
440mg
440%;
Total Carbohydrate
2g
2%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.