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Go make this Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner tonight! I’m not even kidding. It’s completely delicious, and the sauce is to die for!
cup Panko bread crumbs
tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
large boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 4 thin-cut chicken breasts
slices deli honey ham
slices Swiss or Provolone cheese (or 6 to 8 thin-cut slices)
Parmesan-Dijon Cream Sauce
tablespoons unsalted butter
tablespoons all-purpose flour
cup chicken broth
tablespoon Dijon mustard (for a strong mustard taste, use 1 tablespoon)
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh or dried parsley, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs and melted butter; set aside.
- If using 2 large chicken breasts, cut the breasts in half to horizontally (like your going to butterfly the cut and then cut through all the way) to create 4 thin chicken breast pieces. Lay the chicken breasts in a single layer in the bottom of your baking dish.
- Layer each chicken breast with 2 slices of ham so the entire top of the chicken is covered. Break each cheese slice in half and layer over the ham staggering them so that the entire breast is covered. (if using thin-cut cheese, use whole pieces and halves as needed.) Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over the top of each chicken breast.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (clear juices). Turn your oven to broil on HGIH and cook the chicken for another minute or two to brown the bread crumbs.
- When the chicken is about halfway done, make the sauce. Start by melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour to form a roux, cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Pour in the milk and chicken broth while whisking constantly to make sure there are no clumps. Whisk frequently until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Next, add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese and whisk until the cheese is melted. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
- Keep the sauce warm over low heat until ready to serve.
- Remove the chicken from the oven. Place each breast on a plate and top with sauce. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
Unlike the traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu, there is no second layer of chicken in this dish, nor do we roll the chicken up.
Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe