Chicken Cordon Bleu

I recently came across a Cooking Light recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu and realized I had never had it before.  I happened to have all of the ingredients at home so I decided to give the recipe a try.  I adapted it a bit by using what I had on hand and it turned out really REALLY delicious.  I loved the salty ham, sharp Swiss cheese, and the crunchy panko topping together with the moist and tender chicken.  What a great chicken recipe!  My son liked it a lot and my cheese hating daughter even liked it (after she picked out the cheese of course).  My husband and I both thought it was excellent! I served this chicken with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and my House Salad for a delicious meal that we all enjoyed.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.

Place the broth, butter, and garlic into a small bowl then place into the microwave and cook on high for 15 seconds.  Combine the Panko, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and oregano with the together in another bowl; set aside.

Place each chicken breast between two pieces of saran wrap, and pound each  to 1/4 inch thickness using a meat mallet.  Sprinkle each side of chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Place one slice of Swiss cheese and one slice of ham on each flattened chicken breast.  Roll up each breast jelly roll fashion then secure with toothpicks.  Dip each roll into the chicken broth mixture then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture. Place the rolled chicken seam side down in the baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the juices run clear and the tops are golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let the meat rest for 4 minutes before removing the toothpicks then slicing and serving.  Enjoy.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Total Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of chicken broth
1 tbsp butter
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of Italian seasoned panko crumbs
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
Dash of paprika
Dash of oregano
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 slices of ham
2 slices of Swiss cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.

Place the broth, butter, and garlic into a small bowl then place into the microwave and cook on high for 15 seconds. Combine the Panko, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and oregano with the together in another bowl; set aside.

Place each chicken breast between two pieces of saran wrap, and pound each to 1/4 inch thickness using a meat mallet. Sprinkle each side of chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place one slice of Swiss cheese and one slice of ham on each flattened chicken breast. Roll up each breast jelly roll fashion then secure with toothpicks. Dip each roll into the chicken broth mixture then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture. Place the rolled chicken seam side down in the baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the juices run clear and the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the meat rest for 4 minutes before removing the toothpicks then slicing and serving. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light at Myrecipes.com