Chicken Cordon Bleu is lightly breaded and baked chicken breasts stuffed with thinly sliced deli ham and gruyere cheese, topped with a creamy mustard sauce. For the same great flavors at your fingertips, try my Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders!
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu is not food for the elite anymore! You don’t even need to be a knight wearing a blue ribbon to enjoy these lightly breaded and stuffed chicken breasts. But, the flavor of this recipe makes this meal deserve a blue ribbon (which is the translation of ‘cordon bleu’)!
The lightly breaded chicken is wrapped around ham and cheese, baked (not fried) to perfection, and topped with a creamy sauce. Try the same great flavors in my Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Ingredients
Chicken breasts: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Ham: I like the thinly sliced deli ham. You could also try turkey ham or just turkey, but the turkey may not give as much flavor to the dish.
Gruyere cheese: For shredded cheese, it’s best to buy the block of cheese and shred it yourself. If you are looking to substitute this with a different cheese you want to select one that melts very easily. I would recommend a Compte’ or Jarlsberg. Regular old Swiss cheese you find in masses at the grocery store may be substituted, but beware! The texture is different, and it may not give you that dish that stands out!
How to Prepare the Chicken
This chicken cordon bleu dish will make eight servings since you will slice each of the four chicken breasts in half. Use a sharp knife to do this and place each breast flat between two sheets of plastic wrap. Pound each chicken breast with a meat mallet until it reaches an even thickness. It should be about 1/4-inch thick. If you don’t have a meat mallet, any heavy object would do like a skillet or even a wine bottle.
Set out eight pieces of plastic wrap and place a pounded chicken breast half on each sheet. Top each piece of chicken with two pieces of deli ham and 1/8 cup of the shredded cheese. Roll the chicken into a tight roll, tucking in the sides slightly. Seal the chicken rolls tightly with the plastic wrap and refrigerate them for about 30 minutes. If you need to, you can stick toothpicks in the chicken to keep them tightly rolled.
Breading and Baking the Chicken
While the chicken is chilling in the refrigerator, preheat the oven and get out three deep plates and the ingredients you need to coat the chicken. On one plate, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Whisk together the eggs and water on a second plate. On the third plate, combine the breadcrumbs, butter, salt, and garlic.
Unwrap the plastic wrap (and remove any toothpicks you may have used) from the chilled chicken cordon bleu and dip the stuffed chicken in the flour mixture, followed by the egg and water mixture, and finally, the breadcrumb mixture. Press the breadcrumbs into the chicken to set the final coat.
Transfer the coated chicken to an oven-safe skillet (or baking dish) and bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. You read that correctly. These are baked with no messy deep-frying necessary! The chicken is cooked when the juices run clear and in internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove the cooked chicken from the oven and set it aside as you prepare the cordon bleu sauce.
How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu Sauce
This sauce is a Dijon mustard creamy sauce that complements the stuffed chicken perfectly! To make the sauce, whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch until smooth. Set over medium heat, continuing to whisk until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the mayonnaise and dijon mustard and stir to combine. Drizzle over the baked chicken cordon blue.
Can I Use Yellow Mustard instead of Dijon Mustard?
Yes, you can always substitute yellow mustard for Dijon mustard. But, the bright yellow color is not the only difference between the two mustards. Yellow mustard does not have as tangy of a flavor as Dijon mustard. In addition, the ingredients are a bit different.
Yellow mustard is made of powdered mustard seeds, vinegar, and water. Dijon mustard is made with brown or black mustard seeds and usually white wine. It definitely has the sharper flavor, so it is about preference which mustard you choose for this recipe.
Can I Make Chicken Cordon Bleu Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can get the chicken pounded out and rolled up with the ham and cheese inside. Wrap them tightly in the plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator a day in advance. Wait to add the breading and make the sauce until you are ready to bake them.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 16 slices thin deli ham
- 1 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
Cordon Bleu Sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Use a sharp knife to cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to create two chicken breast halves.
- Place each breast flat between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound until it reaches an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. (Be careful not to tear the chicken).
- Set out 8 pieces of plastic wrap (about 10 inches wide).
- Set one chicken breast half on each piece of plastic wrap.
- Top each chicken breast half with 2 slices of deli ham, and 1/8 cup of cheese.
- Using the plastic wrap, roll the chicken into a tight roll, tucking the sides in slightly. Seal the chicken rolls tightly with the plastics wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Pour the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper onto a wide and deep plate.
- On a second plate, whisk the eggs and water together.
- On a third plate combine breadcrumbs, butter, salt, and garlic. Mix until well combined.
- Working one chicken breast at a time, dredge the chicken into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumb mixture. Making sure to coat the entire chicken breast each time.
- Transfer coated chicken breasts to a skillet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear. (165°F on an internal thermometer)
- Remove from the oven and set aside.
Cordon Bleu Sauce
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch until smooth. Set over medium heat, and whisk constantly until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the mayonnaise and the dijon mustard and stir to combine.
- Drizzle sauce over chicken and serve.
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