Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

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I remember the first time I made Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was an epic failure. Kale and I had only been married a few months. One night we planned to have some friends over for dinner, and I thought making Chicken Cordon Bleu would be a great dish to impress with! It involved pounding the chicken, which I had never done, and rolling the chicken and blah blah blah. Yeah, it didn’t turn out so well. At all. It was lacking in flavor and looked pretty silly. I was so embarrassed!

 

I wish I would have had this recipe back then. It is so delicious, and could not have been any easier to prepare. All you have to do is cut the chicken breasts lengthwise to form thinner cutlets and just layer the ham and swiss cheese on top. Sprinkle on some fresh bread crumbs and pop ’em in the oven. What made this chicken so outstanding was the Parmesan-Dijon Cream Sauce to spoon over the top! It is super duper delish! This chicken will be a permanent dish in our dinner rotation. A big thank you goes out to Mel from  Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for such an awesome recipe!


Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu
 
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The best chicken cordon bleu ever and this recipe is a cinch to make!
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Ingredients
  • 3 large boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, cut in half lengthwise, to form 2 thinner cutlets. (In total you will have 6 thin chicken breast cutlets)
  • 12 slices deli Ham
  • 12 slices thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 1 cup fresh Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
FOR THE PARMESAN-DIJON CREAM SAUCE
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Chicken Bouillon granules (or 1 bouillon cube, crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs and melted butter. Set aside.
  2. Lay the cut chicken breasts in a single layer in the baking dish. Layer each chicken breast with two slices of ham, overlapping so they cover entire breast. Then over the ham layer two slices of swiss cheese overlapping to cover ham. Repeat over all chicken breasts. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the tops of the chicken.
  3. Bake the chicken for 30-35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbling, and bread crumbs are golden brown.
  4. While the chicken bakes, in a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour, whisking constantly. Cook for about a minute. Slowly pour in the milk, still whisking constantly. Stir in the chicken bouillon granules, and salt. Continue to whisk constantly until the mixture begins to simmer and thicken, about 3-5 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat down to low and stir in the mustard, worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Keep the sauce warm until chicken is finished cooking.
  5. Serve each chicken cordon bleu with warm sauce. ENJOY!
Notes
**Please use fresh bread crumbs. Not store-bought. It really helps this chicken taste so great!

 

 
 
 

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39 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

  1. This looks so good! I am going to have to try it! I too struggle with pounding the chicken breasts. One of my hubby’s favorite dishes is Chicken Kiev which is even HARDER for me that Cordon Bleu. At some point I need to master that for his sake;)

  2. This is the same version of cordon bleu that I make and we love. I haven’t made it in ages though. Your photos looks delicious. I’m putting this on the meal plan for next month sometime. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Holly I love chicken cordon on bleu. That looks really good and I have to agree fresh bread crumbs do make a difference. I giggles about your first attempt. I too had my share of disasters when I first got married. It is so funny to look back at them now.

  4. Mel should have a cookbook. I’m surprised she isn’t slammed with offers. Her recipes are winners! The first thing I noticed was that cream sauce. I was totally won over by the sauce..lol. Love this and your picture too Holly!

  5. Thanks for the tip on the chicken! I had almost the same experience. I pounded the chicken, rolled it up, stuck toothpicks in it, and what happened? It all came apart in the oven. Gah! Your idea sounds so much better. 🙂

  6. This sounds wonderful and it certainly is easy to do. I love recipes that are easy on the cook :-). I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Just made this for supper tonight and my husband and I both LOVED it! I used one slice of ham because mine was big, and I used shredded swiss cheese (because then the leftovers would go on salads). I also omitted the salt from the sauce because I think my bouillon cubes were a bit bigger than called for…and since those are salty – I omitted the actual salt. But we both agreed it’s a keeper! FYI: my husband does not like swiss cheese, but he still loved the recipe. MMMMMM. I love all the recipes I try on your blog, so keep up the great work!

  8. I just made this tonight for dinner, and it was perfection. I used a homemade bread that had a sundried tomato seasoning in it, and then in the sauce, I used the Pampered Chef dijon seasoning instead of the mustard (only because I was out of the real thing). My 7 year old, who typically doesn’t like what I cook said, “I’ve arrived in Heaven” after his first bite. And let me tell you, compliments like that are few and far between. Thanks for such a great recipe that can be made so quickly. I love Chicken Cordon Bleu, but I never make it because it’s so laborious, but this, oh, this was genius!

  9. This sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it. Is there a recipe for the breadcrumbs to follow? Hoping to following your suggestion to use fresh. Thanks!

  10. Used this recipe with left over turkey after Thanksgiving and it was amazing and, I’m sure, just as good with chicken.

  11. This was great!! I didn’t even cut the chicken because I was using Chicken Steaks from Market Day that I had on hand in the freezer and it still turned out perfectly.

  12. I made the Chicken Cordon Blue for supper tonight and it was DELICIOUS!! This is definitely a keeper recipe and I’ll be making this dish quite a bit from now on. I had some hamburger buns in the freezer, defrosted them and they made the most delicious bread crumbs to top the chicken. The sauce iis quite easy to make and very very tasty. Thanks, Holly, for sharing this wonderful recipe from Mels Kitchen Cafe. I am enjoying your blog immensely and look forward to making more of your great recipes!

  13. Is 30-35 min really all the chicken needs to bake for? It just seems like it would need to bake longer. Excited to try this recipe.

    1. Tammy, since the chicken is cut in small pieces it only takes that long. I usually bake it around 35 minutes. You could always add an extra 5 minutes or so if you feel unsure 🙂

  14. It’s in the oven now and the sauce tastes amazing! I know you said not to use store bought crumbs, but I did, because I made two new recipes tonigh and each required a sauce, and I ran out of steam! I will use fresh crumbs the next time.

  15. Oops! I forgot to add that I didn’t add any extra salt to this. there was plenty with the parmesan and chicken cube. Going onto frequently used recipes on Pinterest.

  16. Oh. My. GOODNESS! I just made this and I can’t believe how easy and tasty it was!!! Even my extraordinarily picky husband loved it. In fact, he actually said, “Wow! This must’ve taken a LOT of work!” Isn’t that the BEST… when a meal is so lovely people actually think you slaved in a hot kitchen for hours!!! 🙂 I am elated!

    I’ve tried chicken cordon bleu before. No matter how much I pounded out the chicken, when I rolled it, it was still much too fat and took way too long to cook. By the time it was cooked through, the outside was dry and tough. It was awful. This recipe is something I will use over and over again.

    Also, I have to say, I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have already made 3 or 4 recipes and they’ve all been a hit. You are AWESOME!

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