This chicken cordon bleu recipe can either make a wonderful dish on its own or a perfect pair for lasagnas. No toothpicks required, it takes roughly one hour for deep-frying and can be dip in whatever sauce you favor.
It stands to reason why chicken cordon bleu is usually mistaken for a 5-star indulgence. Its name suggests a swanky meal, which could also mean costly.
Truth be told, chicken cordon bleu is adaptable for cooks of all levels with an average ingredient list. It’s just that kind of dish to make you look like an exceptional fine-dining chef to your family.
What Is Chicken Cordon Bleu?
First, about the term “cordon bleu”. This word is actually rooted in French, in which “cordon” means ribbon, and “bleu” means the blue color.
Here’s so far what we’ve known about the reason behind its name.
In the 12th century, blue ribbons used to be worn by the knights of the highest order of chivalry. The name “chicken cordon bleu” is to hint at a high quality dish with excellent taste made by eminent cooks.
Though represented by a French name, it was originally a Swiss dish and first mentioned in a cookbook in 1949. Not until 1967 was it brought to America, where it came to be widely known as “chicken cordon bleu”.
Is Chicken Cordon Bleu Healthy?
It’s easy to see that these crispy chicken rolls with melted cheese and smoky hot hams are packed with fat. However, we managed to keep the fat content at a moderate amount, in which, saturated fat delivers 6 grams.
In other words, the nutrition values of this dish still remain within our approved health limits. These limits, as presented on our website, are set for an average adult regardless of any specific health issues.
Nevertheless, we don’t recommend this dish for people with diabetes or hypertension. It’s best to consult your meals with health experts to omit foods that may increase risk factors for certain diseases.
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How Many Calories in Chicken Cordon Bleu
This chicken cordon bleu recipe provides you 411 calories for one serving (without the sauce or side). In which, the calories from fat are 198.
In this chicken cordon bleu recipe, we used regular breadcrumbs and all-purpose flour. Feel free to substitute them with Panko and almond flour to make it lighter and less calorie-dense.
Chicken Cordon Bleu: Ingredients
This chicken cordon bleu recipe is hands down a simple and delicious combination of chicken breasts, ham, and Swiss cheese.
Ham is the meat that’s cut from the thigh or rump of a pig. It’s usually cured or cooked fresh and added the most on salads and sandwiches.
The reason we chose to make chicken cordon bleu with ham is because it’s lean and doesn’t release excess fat after cooking.
Truth be told, it doesn’t have to be a fixed filling for every chicken cordon bleu recipe. Sometimes people opt for ham, others for bacon or both.
Bacon often comes with thin fat strips running along the slice’s length, while ham is more lean and dense. You can also substitute prosciutto for bacon if preferred.
Chicken cordon bleu is traditionally made with Swiss cheese (obviously not a stretch of the imagination since it’s from Switzerland).
Swiss cheese is known for a firm texture with a rather dry mouthfeel afterward. The strong, slightly sweet, and acrid scent of this cheese makes a perfect sense when added to this dish.
Apparently, Swiss cheese isn’t a very appealing choice to eat fresh. Be that as it may, it melts excellently when baked.
There’s still a softer, silkier, and creamier kind of Swiss cheese you may have heard of, that is Baby Swiss. However, it only works best in omelets or frittatas and would be too gooey and runny for fried rolls.
Aside from Swiss cheese, many chicken cordon bleu recipes also use Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese delivers a delicious flavor mix of saltiness, bitterness, and sharpness, and won’t be too overpowering for other ingredients.
For chicken cordon bleu, we recommend using Parmesan cheese that’s aged at least one year old, with a straw shade and a demi-souffle texture. This variety is friable and soluble— ideal for either coating or melting.
How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe
Step 1: Prep the chicken breast
Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise and pound them to 1/4 inch thick.
Step 2: Season the chicken
Season the chicken with salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder on both sides. Rub evenly and let them sit for 5 minutes to absorb.
Step 3: Make the rolls
Place each chicken cutlet on a cling film, place 2 slices of Swiss cheese and 2 slices of ham on top. Roll them together.
Step 4: Wrap the rolls in plastic wrap
Tightly wrap each of the chicken rolls in plastic wrap, twist the excess plastic on the two sides, and tie them together. Chill the rolls in the fridge for 5 minutes.
Step 5: Coat the rolls
Prepare 3 large plates with flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs. Dredge the chicken rolls successively in flour, in beaten eggs, and in bread crumbs. Chill the coated rolls in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Step 6: Deep-fry the rolls
On a cast-iron skillet, deep-fry the chicken rolls in olive oil over medium-high heat for 8 minutes until golden brown.
Step 7: Serve
Sprinkle chopped dill on the rolls and serve hot.
How Long to Cook Chicken Cordon Bleu
Let us be absolutely honest: Our chicken cordon bleu took only 10 minutes to fry.
However, the part that will take you the most time is always the prepping and rolling— say 40 minutes. It requires patience and a little clever with your hands, and through attempts, you’ll get to create perfectly nice-looking rolls.
The end result will be golden crispy rolls with swirling cheese in each bite you take. It certainly deserves the effort.
Follow the instructions above for a fail-safe dinner!
Sauce for Chicken Cordon Bleu
As our health limit doesn’t allow excessive consumption of fat, we completely omitted the sauce from this recipe.
Chicken cordon bleu tastes as heavenly as it’s supposed to be without the joining of a sauce. Nonetheless, it’s obvious that you can always have it whatever way you like.
Whether you want to serve these rolls straight as they are or get them a perfect dip, we’re with you. Hence, we suppose a little pep talk about this wouldn’t make this article longer than necessary, either.
Chicken cordon bleu is usually served with a mustard cheese sauce or hollandaise. With all honesty— it’s all about whisking this and that to make this sauce with the comfort of your kitchen.
Here we’d love to share a simple mustard cheese sauce recipe that worked pretty well our way. Hope that someday we’ll eventually get it down to an official recipe on the website with precise measurements.
- First, melt butter in a skillet and stir in flour, milk, and chicken broth successively. Note that there must be a pause-and-whisk between each ingredient.
- Let the sauce mixture simmer over medium heat for a couple of minutes, whisk constantly until it thickens.
- Season with salt, ground black pepper, and Dijon mustard (if you like). Sprinkle grated cheese (preferably Parmesan cheese), quickly stir it up one more time, and there you’ve done it.
Tips to Make
Apparently, no one wants to enjoy splotchy, weird, or unappealing fried rolls. Here are some small fool-proof tips for a chicken cordon bleu recipe that adapted the deep-frying method.
When pounding the chicken breasts, try to keep the meat mallet working at the best possible steady speed. You probably don’t want to create rolls with damaged chicken cutlets that fall apart or come with uneven thickness.
For chicken cordon bleu, we believe the ideal thickness for a chicken breast is ¼ inch. Be careful to not pound it too thin as it’ll easily tear apart later. Contrastively, keeping it too thick will result in enormous rolls with an abnormal ratio of the outer to the filling.
Last but not least, never forget to place layers of paper towel in a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. This is to drain excess oil from the rolls before serving to prevent all of the unwanted greases.
What Goes with Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken cordon bleu itself is already packed with protein and fat, therefore, we believe adding more fiber to the dish will be a good move.
For extra addition, we strongly suggest steamed or roasted vegetables like broccoli or roasted asparagus. It’s no harm to add a few pieces of veggie to serve along, isn’t it?
It will take more time to prepare if spinach is your choice of veggie for chicken cordon bleu. You’ll need to steam the spinach first and then roll it together with ham and cheese.
Want to challenge your skill with a slightly more complicated style of rolls? Don’t miss this healthy stuffed chicken breast recipe that also calls for spinach in the filling.
3. Corn Flakes
Corn flakes are actually a substitution for breadcrumbs. After you dredge the rolls in the flour and the egg mixture, transfer them to the cornflake crumbs to complete coating.
How Long Cordon Bleu Chicken Last in The Fridge?
Chicken cordon bleu serves best when it’s smoky hot out of the frying pan. It’s because the exterior crumb will only stay crispy within half an hour at room temperature.
Apparently, this doesn’t translate to it being inedible. Chicken cordon bleu can last to up to two days in the fridge and then microwave to reheat.
However, it’s important to note that the outer cannot reach its best crispness even after microwaving. You should estimate the size of your meal before cooking so that you wouldn’t have to deal with leftovers later.
How to Freeze Chicken Cordon Bleu
As said, chicken cordon bleu is not the dish to make ahead and save a big batch for dining later. Hence, frozen chicken cordon bleu would be a disaster, to be frank.
Chicken cordon bleu will get completely soggy and squashy after frozen and then thawed. So best possible advice— don’t try to take shortcuts, just sit back and enjoy your time cooking and eating altogether.
What to Serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken cordon bleu is a rich meal with bold flavors. Therefore, a fresh and light-flavor side apparently is a need to create a complete meal.
Chicken cordon bleu can be made into a delicious sandwich. Try adding these intriguing rolls along with crusty baguettes and a few leaves of crispy lettuce!
If pasta joins in the pan, the recipe must follow a completely different method. Chicken cordon bleu pasta no more indicates crispy rolls but instead a one-pan dish.
For the present case, chicken is chunked and cooked together with ham and pasta in creamy gooey cheese. In fact, it really bears much resemblance to chicken alfredo by appearance.
Rice is a fairly less common pair for chicken cordon bleu. Same as when adding pasta, a chicken cordon bleu recipe with rice must also follow its own cooking method.
Normally, chicken and rice will be cooked together and made a casserole. You’ll find it similar to chicken and rice casserole— the only difference is the teaming up of ham and cheese.
4. Mustard Potato Salad
Mustard potato salad with a creamy tangy vinaigrette definitely was the first thing that came up in our minds. Needless to say how perfectly it balanced out these chicken rolls that are swirling with melted cheese.
We didn’t plan on any sauce for this chicken cordon bleu, mostly because we’ve seen this coming. The rich flavor and tanginess of this mustard potato salad simulated a very similar taste to a mustard cheese sauce.
Mixed with crunchy carrots and creamy, tangy mustard, mustard potato salad is tasty and easy to make. You’ll have baby carrots for natural sweetness, whole-grain mustard for a pungent taste, and almond kernels for a nutty aroma.
There’s also room to modify this salad to your taste. Feel free to add more of your favorite herbs and Mediterranean spices for extra texture and tang.
5. Beet Juice
Finally, we chose to complete this meal with beet juice. Beet, watermelon, and grapes join together to create an organic hearty drink with a hint of freshness from lemon juice.
Pour this drink over ice cubes and top it off with basil. Healthy and tasty, checked!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe
- 12 oz skinless boneless chicken breast 4 halves
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 cup olive oil (*)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (*)
- 2 medium eggs (*)
- 4 oz baguette bread crumbed (*)
- 3 oz ham
- 3 oz Swiss cheese
- 1 tbsp dill chopped
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- Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Pound them thin to 1/4 inch thick.
- Season chicken breast cutlets with salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder on both sides, rub them evenly. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Make the rolls: Place each chicken cutlet on a cling film, put successively 2 slices of Swiss cheese and 2 slices of ham on top of the cutlet, roll them up together. Wrap the chicken roll in the plastic wrap tightly, twist the excess plastic on the two sides and tie them together. Repeat with the remaining. Chill the rolls in the fridge for 5 minutes.
- Prepare 3 large plates with flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs. Dredge the chicken rolls successively in flour, in beaten eggs, and in bread crumbs. Chill in the fridge again for 10 minutes.
- On a cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, wait until the oil is sizzling. Transfer the chicken rolls in and turn down to medium heat.
- Fry the chicken rolls for 8 minutes, turn whenever one side is golden brown.
- Sprinkle chopped dill on top. Serve while still hot.
- (*) Only part of these ingredients will end up in the final product and we have calculated nutritional values based on that amount. The whole amount is needed for the coating and cooking process, but what actually ends up being consumed are 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/6 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 medium egg, and 3 1/2 ounces of breadcrumbs.
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