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Oven Chicken Cordon Bleu

oven chicken cordon bleu Entree
Chicken cordon bleu sliced and served on a plate
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4

Make an elegant dinner and master a technique that you’ll use over and over again. These ham-and-cheese stuffed chicken breasts are a classic European dish that never fails to impress, both with its presentation and its indulgent combination of flavors. While some cordon bleu varieties are fried, this oven-baked version gives you all the crunch without the added oil. For all its impressive looks, this is also a recipe that can be made from start to finish in under an hour—making it great for busy weeknights or last-minute dinner guests. MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 2, 2019

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

Steps

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  • 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 while this version is only baked.
  • 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.
  • This is one of the most classic, time-honored chicken recipes in American cooking, but it has international origins and a French name. “Cordon bleu” in Chicken Cordon Bleu translates to “blue ribbon,” and it’s a reference to cooking of a very high standard or done by exceptional cooks.
  • Switzerland is considered a probable contender for the geographical homeland of Chicken Cordon Bleu. The French name makes sense when you consider that certain regions of the country are French speaking (while German and Italian dominate in other areas).

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
150
Calories from Fat
40
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
440mg
19%
Potassium
230mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
1g
Protein
25g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
8%
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 Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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