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    Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

    Published June 29, 2022. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    You will love this delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe that is stuffed with ham and cheese that comes together in under 30 minutes. This will be your new favorite go-to weeknight meal for family and friends.

    There are quite a few side dishes that would pair well with this cordon bleu, and two of my favorites that you should make it with are Roasted Asparagus and Potatoes Anna.

    dish of chicken cordon bleu with gravy

    Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Chicken (or veal) cordon bleu consists of a thin piece of chicken that is topped with either prosciutto or ham and then with gruyere or Swiss cheese that is then rolled up, breaded, and fried until golden brown. It is occasionally served with simple pan gravy.

    Chicken cordon bleu became a popular dish throughout the United States and around the world in the late 1960s. Most believe it’s a dish adapted from veal Kiev which uses very similar procedures and ingredients but was eventually swapped out for chicken.

    Be sure to watch my video below that highlights step-by-step procedures and side dishes.

    Ingredients

    • Chicken – Use chicken breasts for this recipe.
    • Cheese – Swiss cheese is most classically used.
    • Ham – Any good deli ham will work.
    • Flour – Use all-purpose flour in this chicken cordon bleu.
    • Milk – Whole milk is great for this dish.
    • Eggs – Large eggs are what I used.
    • Breadcrumbs – You can use any breadcrumbs, but I prefer plain or homemade and season myself.
    ingredients to make chicken cordon bleu

    How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Use these simple-to-prepare instructions for making this amazing Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe:

    Start by assembling your standard breading procedures ingredients beginning by whisking together flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.

    seasoning flour

    Next, whisk together an egg with milk, salt, and pepper in a separate shallow bowl.

    whisking eggs and milk

    In another shallow bowl whisk together breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and set aside.

    mixing breadcrumbs

    Slice the chicken breasts in half widthwise.

    slicing chicken in half

    Pound the chicken breast out gently until it has essentially doubled in size or is about a ¼ to 1/3” thick.

    pounding out chicken

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

    seasoning chicken

    Layer on a slice of prosciutto or ham and then gruyere or Swiss cheese.

    adding ham and cheese to chicken

    Fold in the sides slightly and then roll the chicken forward making sure the ingredients stay inside and are enclosed inside. Repeat until all the chicken is stuffed.

    stuffing a chicken cordon bleu

    Lightly coat the chicken roll in the flour and pat off any excess and then dredge in the egg wash on all sides.

    coating chicken in egg wash

    Coat completely in the breadcrumbs and repeat until all the chicken is coated.

    dredging chicken in breadcrumbs

    Fry the chicken cordon bleu for 3 to 4 minutes on all sides or until golden brown and cooked throughout when reading 165° F internally.

    frying chicken cordon bleu

    Remove the chicken and discard all but 2 tablespoons of oil.

    frying oil

    Whisk in the flour until combined and then pour in the chicken stock.

    adding chicken stock to a pan with roux

    Cook on high heat until thick and then finish with butter, salt, and pepper.

    adding butter to a pan sauce

    Slice and serve with the simple pan gravy and optional sides of Roasted Asparagus and Potatoes Anna. See the video below.  

    slicing chicken cordon bleu

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: This recipe is meant to be eaten as soon as it is finished cooking.

    How to Store: Cover the chicken cordon bleu and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This will freeze covered for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for one day before reheating.

    How to Reheat: Place the desired number of chicken cordon bleu on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until warm throughout.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    Chef Notes + Tips

    • You can use dark thigh meat and pound it out thin, although the finished product will certainly be smaller.
    • If the ham happens to be larger, just simply trim it down until it is the size of the chicken.
    • Other great cheeses would be comté or gruyere.
    • Substitute ham with prosciutto for a more intense flavor.
    • You may need to add more oil to the pan while frying to ensure it is cooked on all sides.
    • If the chicken begins to brown too quickly, turn the heat down to medium-low.

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    Video

    Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

    5 from 2 votes
    You will love this delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe that is stuffed with ham and cheese that comes together in under 30 minutes.
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 18 minutes

    Ingredients 

    For the Chicken Cordon Bleu:

    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup milk
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup breadcrumbs
    • 2 large chicken breasts
    • 4 slices of ham or prosciutto
    • 6 slices of Swiss cheese or gruyere, cut in half
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • Oil for frying

    For the Optional Sauce:

    • 1 heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Whisk together flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
    • Next, whisk together an egg with milk, salt, and pepper in a separate shallow bowl.
    • In another shallow bowl whisk together breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and set aside.
    • Slice the chicken breasts in half widthwise.
    • Pound the chicken breast out gently until it is has essentially doubled in size or is about a ¼ to 1/3” thick.
    • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
    • Layer on a slice of ham and then 3 ½ slices of Swiss cheese.
    • Fold in the sides slightly and then roll the chicken forward making sure the ingredients stay inside and are enclosed inside. Repeat until all the chicken is stuffed.
    • Lightly coat the chicken roll in the flour and pat off any excess and then dredge in the egg wash on all sides.
    • Coat completely in the breadcrumbs and repeat until all the chicken is coated.
    • Fry the chicken cordon bleu minutes in about a ¼ cup of neutral flavored oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat for 3 to 4 on all sides or until golden brown and cooked throughout when reading 165° F internally. See chef notes.
    • Remove the chicken and discard all but 2 tablespoons of the frying oil.
    • Whisk in the flour until combined and then pour in the chicken stock.
    • Cook on high heat until thick and then finish with butter, salt, and pepper.
    • Slice and serve with the simple pan gravy.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: This recipe is meant to be eaten as soon as it is finished cooking.
    How to Store: Cover the chicken cordon bleu and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This will freeze covered for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for one day before reheating.
    How to Reheat: Place the desired number of chicken cordon bleu on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until warm throughout.
    You can use dark thigh meat and pound it out thin, although the finished product will certainly be smaller.
    If the ham happens to be larger, just simply trim it down until it is the size of the chicken.
    Other great cheeses would be comté or gruyere.
    Substitute ham with prosciutto for a more intense flavor.
    You may need to add more oil to the pan while frying to ensure it is being cooked on all sides.
    If the chicken begins to brown too quickly, turn the heat down to medium-low.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 47gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 865mgPotassium: 742mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 445IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 334mgIron: 3mg
    Course: dinner
    Cuisine: American