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Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Butter Sauce

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It’s National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day!

Did you know that most people (me included) thought that this dish was French? It actually originated in Switzerland. The Swiss need to reclaim their recipe — the French are getting all the credit!

As a child, my mother served frozen versions of this dish. However, I don’t believe anyone ever served me a homemade version until I was an adult. I really liked the frozen version.

However, I love this one.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Butter Sauce

Delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chicken, ham, swiss cheese
Yield: 6

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • several bowls
  • small skillet

Materials

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 8 slices baby Swiss cheese
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¾ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning divided
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 c. water
  • c. panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese grated
  • Toothpicks

Sauce Ingredients:

  • c. chicken broth
  • ¼ c. Greek yogurt
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ c. unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat. Set aside.
  • Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin until ¼” thick.
    flatten chicken
  • Top each chicken breast with 2 slices of deli ham and 2 slices of Swiss cheese.
    chicken, ham, and Swiss cheese
  • Tightly jelly roll each chicken breast and secure with toothpicks.
    jellyroll the chicken cordon bleu
  • Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and set aside.
    season chicken with salt and pepper
  • Add the flour, ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning, and garlic powder to a shallow bowl.
    italian seasoning, flour, garlic powder
  • Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.
    season with salt and pepper
  • Add the eggs and water to a second bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
    eggs water chicken cordon bleu
  • Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and remaining Italian seasoning to a third bowl.
    parmesean cheese bread crumbs italian seasoning
  • Lightly season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine. Set aside.
    salt and pepper
  • Dredge each chicken breast in the seasoned flour until covered on all sides.
    chicken in flour
  • Then dip the floured breasts into the egg wash and roll until coated.
    chicken into egg wash
  • Finally, roll the egg-covered breasts in the seasoned breadcrumb mixture until thoroughly coated.
    then into bread crumbs
  • Transfer each breast to the prepared baking sheet and place in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature of just below 165°F on an instant-read thermometer. (The temperature will continue rising several degrees while the chicken rests).
    on the baking sheet
  • When the chicken is almost ready to come out of the oven, combine the chicken broth, Greek yogurt, heavy cream, and Dijon mustard in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
    making the sauce
  • Add the butter to a small skillet set over medium heat. Stir occasionally until melted.
    butter in a skillet
  • Slowly whisk the flour in a little at a time until completely blended into the butter without any lumps remaining.
    whisk in flour
  • Cook for several minutes, whisking continually until the sauce thickens and is heated through. Remove from heat and keep warm.
    cook mixture
  • Stir in the yogurt mixture and season with salt and black pepper, to taste..
    add yogurt to sauce
  • Remove chicken from oven and let cool for several minutes before slicing. Serve immediately topped with the butter sauce and your choice of sides. Enjoy!
    chicken cordon bleu

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Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Butter Sauce

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