Monday, November 7, 2016

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Chicken cordon bleu is a family fave. It's also a great dish to serve when having company because while it looks fancy, it's really pretty easy to make. You can make this on the spot and bake immediately, prepare it ahead of time and store it in the fridge a day or two before you plan to serve it, or freeze it if you want to make it even further in advance!

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There are many ways to shave off extra time in making chicken cordon bleu, like buying pre-sliced chicken or slicing it up yourself instead of pounding it out. I HATE pounding out chicken! You can use deli-sliced ham and swiss cheese or pre-packaged varieties. Your favorite store-bought breadcrumbs really help simplify things as well.

But SOMETIMES, I like to take that extra step to make it extra good-for-you. I love using homemade breadcrumbs with extra added goodness like wheat germ and ground flax seed to healthy it up even more. Plus, it's a great way to re-purpose those leftover heels of breads that kids just don't like in sandwiches. I simply store them up in a separate freezer storage bag and use them to make a large batch of breadcrumbs that come in handy in a variety of dishes, this recipe being one of them! The flax seed is what gives these breadcrumbs the deeper brown coloring. And kids and adults never even know it! :)

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Homemade Breadcrumbs
by happyvballgirl @ MyEpicureanAdventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/11/homemade-martins-breadcrumbs.html

Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 slices frozen bread (I used Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp wheat germ (optional)
2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions:
  1. Break 2 slices of frozen bread into smaller pieces and place into blender. Mix for about 10-15 seconds or until you get fine crumbs.
  2. Empty the crumbs into a pan or skillet. Toast crumbs over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until nicely browned.
  3. Remove crumbs into a mixing bowl. Repeat steps 1-3 with the other 2 slices of bread. Note: the breadcrumbs toast much easier in smaller batches.
  4. Add remaining spices into toasted breadcrumbs and mix well.
  5. Use immediate or place in an air tight container and store in the freezer until future use.
Makes about 2 cups of seasoned breadcrumbs.

When making my breadcrumbs, I love using whole wheat bread with wholesome ingredients. Here I opted for Martin's 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread which has NO high fructose corn syrup, NO artificial dyes, NO cholesterol or trans fat, is NON-GMO and is a good source of protein at 6 grams per slice!

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Here's a rather rustic looking shot that Big Sis took to of me toasting up the breadcrumbs. Be sure to keep a close eye on them as they can start burning before you know it!

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Now on to that Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe. Are you ready for it?

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Chicken Cordon Bleu
by happyvballgirl @ MyEpicureanAdventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/11/homemade-martins-breadcrumbs.html

Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken breast (separate breasts and slice each into 3 even flat pieces, 6 pieces total)
1 1/2 cup Homemade Breadcrumbs (or your favorite Italian seasoned bread crumbs)
3 slices of ham cut in half, lengthwise into 6 pieces
3 slices of baby swiss cheese, cut in half into 6 pieces
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp oil

Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13x9” baking dish with oil.
  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 the rolled chicken in your hand, dip in egg mixture and then into bread crumbs, making to cover all sides. Although some like to use a toothpick to hold in place, I just carefully place the seam side down in the baking dish.
  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 slightly pink.
Makes 4-6 servings depending on how hungry you are! :)

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

Tada, here's the finished product, right out of the oven. Mmmm mmmmm good.

Homemade Martin's Breadcrumbs and Chicken Cordon Bleu and a fun #CookbookContest from Martin's @potatorolls #MoreThanaMeal

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Hope you enjoy this recipe!!! 

Speaking of recipes, do YOU have a favorite one of your own that you'd like to share? If so, Martin's Potato Rolls is spreading holiday cheer by sponsoring an awesome holiday recipe contest!! 

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2 comments:

Dorothea said...

Really anxious to make this. Thanks for sharing it, the stuff you buy at the store already made has too many calories and therefore not so healthy. This looks really good and healthy to boot!

Christine Yoon-Taylor said...

Awwwww, thanks so much, Mom!! :)