Cordon bleu is French for blue ribbon. The term originally referred to a culinary excellence award for women chefs. Cordon bleu also describes a rich preparation in which a thin slice of prosciutto and a thin slice of Gruyère are layered between two thin pieces of chicken or veal. The chicken or veal packets are then breaded and sautéed until golden. While our recipe has all the flavor of classic chicken cordon bleu, it's easy to assemble.
Breaded chicken breast strips are similar to chicken nuggets. The long strips fit the oval shape of sliced French bread.