To make traditional cordon bleu, you layer prosciutto (or other ham) and cheese in between thin slices of chicken or veal, then bread and sauté the whole stack. This quick, easy version keeps the flavors the same, but skips the fussy layering and breading steps. Serve with: Delicata squash and broccoli. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2009

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Combine cheese and cream cheese in a bowl. Combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper with breadcrumbs, parsley (or thyme) and 2 teaspoons oil in another bowl.

  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Move the chicken to the center so all pieces are touching. Spread with the cheese mixture, sprinkle with ham, then top with the breadcrumb mixture.

  • Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, 5 to 7 minutes.

Tips

Tip: It can be difficult to find small chicken breasts. Remove the strip of meat from the underside of a 5- to 6-ounce breast--the “tender,” about 1 ounce of meat--to yield a perfect individual portion. Freeze the tenders and use them in a stir-fry.

Note: We like Ian's brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; 12.1 g total fat; 4.1 g saturated fat; 82 mg cholesterol; 348 mg sodium. 216 mg potassium; 4.3 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 28.1 g protein; 241 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 6 mcg folate; 113 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 26 mg magnesium;

Reviews (23)

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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2019
Enjoyed the crunchy breading and the gooey cheese. Very flavorful! I also gave this a little more time in the oven to make sure it was done! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2017
This was easy and Delish. Will make many more times Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2015
Easy and delicious! This was so great! I'll never go back to rolling my chicken cordon bleu! This is just as tasty and much easier. Even the kids asked to have it again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2014
Keeper A very tasty dinner. Easy enough for a weekend. Needs more time in the oven than the recipe suggests...more like 15 minutes. Served with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed green beans. Pros: Easy tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2012
I made this for the pickiest eaters and the LOVED it! Very easy and very good. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2012
Quick easy meal for busy week night This is a really easy and tasty recipe. Next time I make it I will be sure to cut my chicken breasts in half - and slightly increase the ingredients for the topping. I used gruyere and prosciutto. Also my 4 chicken breasts came out to just under 2 pounds total so cooking time in oven was 25 minutes. Husband loved it and asked for this to be in our regular dinner rotation. It's a great low carb dinner option. Will be making again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2011
Yummy flexible go to recipe for the dinner rotation! Yum! I skipped the browning and baked for 20 minutes. I also make a similar chicken parmesan type dish- just omit ham cheese & Swiss then top with low fat provolone marinara & croutons then bake. Also super good easy and fast! Pros: Easy good family friendly Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2011
very flavorful and easy I really thought this was a great recipe. Easy for a weeknight and very very tasty. Plus I usually have most of the ingredients on hand anyway. I used prosciutto which was delicious. Also the baking times are off--it really took more like 15 in the oven perfect to steam a veggie and clean your prep dishes while it cooks. I will definitely make this again. Pros: fast easy healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Just made this and it was amazingly simple and delicious. I had made the shredded cheese/cream cheese mixture chopped the ham and prepped the bread crumbs earlier in the day so it only took about 15 minutes to get dinner ready! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was so easy and tasted fantastic. It's a dish I will make over and over again. My husband actually commented and my picky sister loved it as well. I used a non-fat whipped cream cheese and Fontina (I didn't have swiss). I think the calories came out similarly and the taste was supurb. I think the breadcrumbs made the whole dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Our whole family loved this recipe. For bread crumbs I used whole wheat panko crumbs which were wonderful. I substituted non-fat cream cheese for the low fat but think it may come out better with the low fat cream cheese or at least a combination of the two. My daughter does not prefer swiss cheese so I may experiment with different kinds of cheese--I don't think you can go wrong with this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a definite keeper - my husband loved it! The ham I used was a bit too salty for my taste so I will try it next with a lower sodium deli ham instead of a diced ham steak. And the thyme added an interesting depth to the dish. Very good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family devoured this chicken! I made per the recipe except that in place of the Gruyere or swiss I used fontina cheese. Very good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious!!! Make sure to use Prosciutto!!!! Definitely a keeper. With this dish you will have NO leftovers!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've already made this several times since receiving the issue -- the taste is fabulous and this is easy to prepare. I had some prosciutto on hand the first time I made it and it was so great that I have used it every time since...I also have used panko when I've had them and I love the lightness of teture they bring to the dish. Quick chicken cordon bleu is highly recommended!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Awesome! everyone loved it...i split the chiken breast in half horizontally and it was plenty per serving A whole breast would've been too much. I also used bacon (pre cooked to drain off grease) instead of ham just because i didn't have any ham in the house and it was wonderful.I left it cook longer than stated...i cooked it abotu 15 minutes in the pan added the other ingredients and then about 15 min in the oven. yum cripy topping cheesy middle perfectly cooked suculant chicken. I served it with leftover sweet potatoe casserole from Easter dinner and broccoli with cheese sauce....it was a hit! i'll make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I usually make this with whatever sandwich meat I have on hand and people still love it. I've also made it with swiss and ricotta instead of cream cheese and that turned out really good- in fact we actually preferred it. Great recipe great idea. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Awsome recipe...Tasted excellent. I did a few things different. I filleted my chicken breast and put the cheese mix on top and rolled it up into the chicken. And instead of frying it for 2 min. on the stove I took my baking dish and rubbed with the remaining oil and and lightly covered the bottom with the bread crumbs set the chicken in the dish and sprinkled the remaining bread crumbs on top and just put it directly into the oven. I used low fat cream cheese w/swiss. And followed everything else as directed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Win! Family loved it. Easy to make. I used Canadian Bacon in place of the ham and it came out great. Definitely a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is one of my favorite Eating Well recipes ever! I used chopped Prosciutto bits and Gruyere and baked it more like 15 mins. Everyone loves this and it is just too easy to make to not put it into regular rotation on our dinner menu. Thank you for the awesome recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yummy easy and fast! I skimmed this recipe and thought is sounded like an easy dinner and that's all. So while I was preparing to start the meal I reread the recipe and was pleasantly surprised by the method. I think this is a great technique to have in you culinary arsenal because with a little adaptation this method will work for almost any peace of protein. With that said at this point I was very excited for dinner it sounded so yummy. And it was very good my husband-who is not a chicken kind of guy-really liked it! The only thing I will change the next time I make this is to make sure I get better breasts and I will probably bound them out a little to be and even 1/2 inch all-round. All in all very good very quick very easy and I will make this again. Pros: Quick Easy Versatile Little Mess Cons: None to mention accept my breast were very tough (from and older bird) but that is the fault of my butcher no this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Total Surprise! I've never made Chicken Cordon Bleu before so I was excited to see a quick way to make it. The flavor from this recipe was wonderful. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make. I really liked the cream cheese mixed with Gruyere cheese. And the breaded topping added a nice crunch. Definitely a recipe I will make again soon. Pros: Quick Recipe Great Taste from Cream Cheese and Gruyere Cheese Mix Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious Quick and Easy Very very good recipe. It was quick and easy to make which is a plus. I kept it in the oven for about 12 - 15 minutes. Chicken was moist and topping was perfect. Read More