Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Last month, we had a friend we hadn't seen in quite a while come visit us over dinner. Wanted to make something yummy yet didn't have a whole lot of time, nor a lot of energy, so this is what I came up with: Chicken Cordon Bleu. It mostly appealed to me because I had some Homemade Bread Crumbs in the freezer I wanted to use up since I have lots of frozen bread waiting in the freezer for their turn to be turned into more homemade breadcrumbs!

Though it may look a bit on the fancy side, it is really so easy to make PLUS (my favorite part) you can make it ahead of time, store it in the fridge and just pop it in the oven when it's dinner time. I LOVE being able to do that. :)



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The ingredients: Chicken breasts, ham, swiss cheese (I used baby swiss), bread crumbs (homemade or store-bought) and an egg I forgot to include in the picture. Oops! :) And of course, I finally found some Applegate Swiss Cheese, but only after I had already made this. Oh well, NEXT time!



Assembling the chicken, ham and cheese:



All rolled up and ready to take trip to the oven.



Chicken Cordon Bleu
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2013/01/chicken-cordon-bleu.html
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Ingredients:
2 lbs thinly sliced chicken breasts (sliced into 8 pieces)
1 cup Happyvballgirl’s Homemade Bread Crumbs (or your favorite Italian seasoned bread crumbs)
4 slices of ham cut in half, lengthwise into 8 pieces
4 slices of baby swiss cheese, cut in half into 8 pieces
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp oil

1.      Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13x9” baking dish.
2.      Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl and mix water and eggs in another.
3.      Place one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on one slice of chicken. Roll starting from smaller end.
4.      While holding it in your hand, dip in egg mixture and then into bread crumbs, making to cover all sides. Though some like to use a toothpick to hold in place, but I just carefully place the seam side down.
5.       Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the thickest part. *Note that the part of the chicken touching the ham will look pink.

Makes 4-8 servings depending on how hungry you are. J

Here's the adult plate, Chicken Cordon Bleu accompanied by mashed potatoes and green beans sauteed in butter, garlic and a few dashes of salt:



And the kidded-up version, w/ cooked carrots added too. Happy to report it was a hit w/ the girls, well at least one of them. Little Sis left not a crumb on her plate while Big Sis had some chicken leftover but she asked for seconds on the green beans and mashed potatoes - which to me is awesome, because neither of them were fans of green beans until now! Woo hoo!


Shout Outs:
Applegate for providing organic nitrate-free yet oh-so-convenient pre-packaged deli meats. Check out my FB post professing my love for them: FB post professing my love for Applegate :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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9 comments:

Alexis AKA MOM said...

One of my favorites! That looks so yummy thanks for sharing the recipe.

Thank you for stopping by Running Away? I'll Help You Pack!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Alexis! :)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

This is a favorite with my hubby! I need to try this recipe!!

Countrified Hicks said...

This looks so delicious. I just had a link up go live and would love for you to come and join us.
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happyvballgirl said...

Hope he likes it, Diana! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the invite! All linked up. :)

HungryLittleGirl said...

I love Cordon Bleu! Yours looks so perfectly juicy! I need to make some asap!

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Lisa Lynn said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you this Sunday at:
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