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Easy and Healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu

easy chicken cordon bleu

Ingredients

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  • 6 boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt – I used coarse sea salt
  • 6 slices of deli style sliced ham
  • Sliced deli style Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs or panko
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter

Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup of white cooking wine
  • 2 slices of Swiss Cheese torn into pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grab a 9×13 pan and place the chicken breast into the pan
  3. Salt the chicken breast
  4. Add a couple of slices of folded up ham to the top of each breast
  5. Fold up slices of Swiss cheese and place those on the top of the ham
  6. Shake the bread crumbs over the chicken breasts
  7. Dividing the butter evenly add dollops of butter to each breast
  8. Place the chicken in the oven for 15-20 minutes – A thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read 165 degrees
  9. In a large saucepan, add the milk and flour
  10. Whisk until smooth
  11. Cook over med/high heat until thickended
  12. Add the wine, cheese, salt and pepper
  13. Serve the chicken with sauce

Notes

Make-Ahead and Storage:

If you want to make this one day in advance, make it up through the step of adding swiss cheese slices to the top of the ham. Cover the chicken breast with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Then, when you are ready to bake the chicken, add the bread crumbs with butter and bake.

Storing Your Leftovers: You can store leftovers, for up to 3 days. Chicken should be covered and refrigerated. Reheat chicken by baking it covered with aluminum foil

Can I Freeze Chicken Cordon Bleu?

You can absolutely freeze cordon bleu chicken.

Freezing: Put the prepared chicken breasts on a small baking sheet. Make sure they have space between them so they don’t freeze stuck to each other. After a couple of hours, place them into a gallon freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat the frozen chicken: Bake it low and slow. Instead of 375 degrees, bak it at 350 degrees and add another 20 minutes for thawing. Be sure the chicken is cooked through before serving.

How Do I Know if my Chicken Breasts are Fully Cooked?

The temperature of the center (the thickest part) of your chicken breast should read 165 degrees and juices should run clear

What is a Good Substitute for White Cooking Wine in the Sauce?

If white cooking wine is too strong for you then try using white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, chicken broth, or apple cider

Does the Alcohol that is in Cooking Wine Burn off while you Cook It?

Yes, alcohol should evaporate when heated to 172 degrees. Any alcohol should burn off when you reach a temperature for simmering or boiling