Once in awhile, I like to get fancy and in February, I did just that. I happened to have ham and swiss cheese on hand and boneless chicken breast in the freezer so I decided to make chicken cordon bleu.
The first time I ever had this dish was when my husband and I were stationed in West Germany in the late 70’s. We went to a local Gast Haus (pub) in the small town where we lived and I spotted it on the menu. I’d heard of it in movies and books. Here was my chance to try it. It arrived on a plate by itself and covered the entire plate. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, the inside was a delight of tender white chicken wrapped around a ham and cheese center that just oozed out onto the plate when I cut into it.
I’m still trying to perfect my dish but here’s the recipe.
3 pie plates for the egg, flour, and bread crumb
Large frying pan
Cookie sheet lined with wax paper
Cookie sheet lined with foil and cooling racks
Long sharp knife
Mallet or rolling pin to pound out the chicken breast
1 chicken breast per person, I used three as I was expecting a guest
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Cup flour (I used gluten free flour) seasoned with salt, pepper and herbs. I used dried thyme.
1 Cup bread Crumbs (I used gluten free crumbs I made myself)
2 eggs slightly whisked
2 slices ham per chicken breast
2 slices Swiss Cheese per chicken Breast
Vegetable Oil for frying
Heat oven to 350 degrees F
Butterfly each chicken breast lengthwise. Place between sheets of wax paper and pound uniformly thin. Place on the cookie sheet, lined with wax paper to hold until all breasts are prepared.
Line one-half of each breast with the ham slices and cheese. Do your best to avoid the ham and cheese hanging outside of the breast. Fold over and secure edges with the toothpicks.
Add oil to the frying pan and heat to medium.
Dip the filled chicken bundles in the egg, the flour to coat, then the egg, then the crumbs. Put the breaded chicken in the frying pan. Brown on both sides and move to the foil lined cookie sheet and place on the wire racks.
Bake for 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes. Serve. I had grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes as my sides.
Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. Have you ever had chicken cordon bleu? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.
My name is Connie Cockrell and I write SciFi, Fantasy, Mysteries, and a lot of other things and you can find links to all of my books at www.ConniesRandomThoughts.com.