The name Chicken Cordon Bleu, sounds so complicated and difficult but it is a simple dish and easy to make. It is a dish composed of chicken breasts, ham and cheese, where the ham and cheese are stacked on top of the chicken breast and rolled together then dredged in bread crumbs. It can either be fried or baked; personally, I prefer it baked.
My family and I love this dish so much – so traditional and so delicious that my boys just wolf it down.
In this recipe, I prefer to use Emmental cheese for my cordon bleu because it does not taste too strong. I have also tried with special bacon (not fat) instead of ham, and seems like my family prefer a cordon bleu with bacon because it is tastier than with ham. Overall, the chicken is tender and juicy, and the bacon and Emmental are just epically cordon bleu.
For those who would like to try making cordon bleu, here’s my recipe. Please let me know what you think of it.
- 3 pieces of boneless chicken breast.
- 6 slices of pepper ham or 3 strips of bacon (not fat), slightly cooked and halves
- 3 slices of Emmental cheese
- 1 raw egg
- 4 spoonful of melted salted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- about ¼ teaspoon salt
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
Step 2: Prepare the butter-salt mixture.
- Melt the butter. Once it is melted put it in a small bowl. Then add a pinch of salt, according to your taste. Mix it well.
Step 3: Prepare the egg mixture.
- Crack and beat the egg in another pie plate. Add some mustard and a wee bit of salt according to your desired taste. Then set aside.
Step 4: Prepare the bread crumbs.
- In a separate shallow dish, place the bread crumbs. Add a wee bit of salt. Mix thoroughly.
Step 5: Prepare the chicken.
- Remove the tendon or tendon line and fat.
- From the thick part of the chicken breast, cut it along the length.
- Make sure the chicken is flat and the thickness is even so that it is easy to roll.
Step 6: Putting together
- Brush the top with butter–salt mixture.
- Sprinkle some ground black pepper.
- Top the chicken breast with ham slices.
- Put a slice of Emmental cheese on top of the ham.
- Tightly roll the chicken breast from one end to the other end. Close the end of the chicken breast with a toothpick so that it will not roll back.
- If there is still some butter-salt mixture left, combine it with the egg-butter-salt mixture. Whisk thoroughly.
- Dip the chicken breasts in the egg-butter-salt mixture.
- Coat with bread crumbs.
- Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish.
- Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven.
Step 7: Slice, serve, share and enjoy!