I learned early on in my marriage that one of my husband’s favorite dishes was Chicken Cordon Bleu. I also learned early on that it’s a pain in the neck to make. Getting everything rolled up inside the chicken just perfectly, making sure to bread it fully so that everything doesn’t seep out. After awhile I just didn’t make it anymore.
A few years ago I came up with the idea of making it easier. I had boneless chicken breasts, swiss cheese and ham in the fridge and asked myself why it had to be “inside” the chicken instead of on top of the chicken. So I made it that way, it took minutes to do and tasted just as good, if not better. In fact the chicken being cooked in a thin layer made it not only easier but kept the chicken more moist.
Give this a try on a night when you are pressed for time and want something delicious but easy!
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU – INSIDE OUT!
- 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of all fat and filet so that you end up with 8 pieces of chicken.
- 8 Thin slices of deli ham. (I use Boar’s Head brand since I think it’s best)
- 8 Slices Finlandia Swiss Cheese (or your favorite swiss cheese)
- 1 Cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp. Milk
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Olive Oil for browning
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Set up your station to dip and coat your chicken breasts. Add two eggs to a shallow pie pan and the milk. Beat together until well blended.
Trim chicken breast of all fat, then filet so you have 8 pieces of chicken. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Dip each chicken breast in the egg/milk mixture, than coat in the breadcrumbs.
In a large skillet heat a few tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, begin browning the coated chicken breasts. Do this in batches of three or four at a time. Once you have some nice browning happening, remove from the pan and place in a large casserole dish in a single layer. I used a 13″ x 9″ baking dish.
Place in a hot oven, uncovered, and allow to bake for 15 minutes, or until you are sure the chicken is fully cooked. If the breasts are no more than 1″ thick you should be able to achieve this in 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and place a piece of ham and top with a piece of swiss cheese. Return to the oven uncovered and allow to bake until the cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and serve immediately.