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Stuffed Chicken Breasts Cordon Bleu

stuffed chicken breasts cordon bleu Entree
Stuffed Chicken Breasts Cordon Bleu
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 4

Don’t be fooled by its fancy name—this 5-ingredient baked chicken cordon bleu dinner couldn’t be easier! Tender chicken breasts get stuffed with chopped ham and shredded Swiss cheese for an unfussy, delicious twist on traditional chicken cordon bleu. Topped with butter-coated Italian-style breadcrumbs, its tasty crunch and creamy filling will make this dish an instant favorite at your family’s dinner table. It tastes just as good as the one from your favorite restaurant, but is even more satisfying because you made it easily in your own kitchen! MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 1, 2019
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Ingredients

4
large boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb)
1/2
cup shredded Swiss cheese (2 oz)
1/2
cup finely chopped ham (2 oz)
3
tablespoons butter, melted
3/4
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. To form pocket in each chicken breast, cut 3-inch-long slit in thick side of each breast, cutting into breast about 2 inches and to within 1/2 inch of opposite side.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix cheese and ham. Spoon evenly into pockets in chicken; secure openings with toothpicks.
  • 3
    Place melted butter in shallow dish. Place bread crumbs on large plate. Dip each stuffed chicken breast into butter; roll in bread crumbs to coat. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Sprinkle any remaining bread crumbs over chicken.
  • 4
    Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Remove toothpicks before serving.

Expert Tips

  • When you buy chicken breasts at the store, you may notice they vary in thickness. Pound each chicken breast on a cutting board before stuffing to ensure each is uniform.
  • You can stuff 1 to 2 thin slices of deli ham in the pocket of each chicken breast in place of the chopped ham.
  • To quickly melt butter, cover and microwave on High about 30 seconds.
  • Stick an instant-read meat thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken and check for a temperature of 165°F to be sure your chicken is fully cooked before serving.
  • To make this meal complete, serve stuffed chicken cordon bleu with a side of fresh salad or vegetables like roasted broccoli.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
30%
Saturated Fat
10g
49%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
130mg
44%
Sodium
720mg
30%
Potassium
330mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
40g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • In French, “cordon bleu” translates to “blue ribbon” in English, and believe it or not, this term dates all the way back to 16th century France, according to Smithsonian. An order of knights that were created by King Henry III of France wore blue ribbons with the cross of the Holy Spirit attached. Large feasts were held for these knights, and the food served was of the highest quality for the prestigious group—it’s thought that the term “cordon bleu” then became associated not only with the knights, but also with the food served at their dinners. Chicken cordon bleu nowadays is a type of stuffed chicken breast. The common fillings are ham and cheese (often Swiss cheese). This dish can be baked in the oven or cooked on the stove. This easy five-ingredient recipe is baked in the oven and is stuffed with the classic cordon bleu ingredients, and to make it even better, is rolled in a panko bread crumb mixture for a tasty, crunchy finishing touch. Stuffing chicken breasts with ham and Swiss is just the beginning. Thanks to chicken breasts’ versatility, you can prepare them in seemingly endless different ways! Browse all of our easy chicken breast recipes and see for yourself.

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