Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe Best Homemade Comfort Food
Grandma’s Chicken Cordon Bleu, and I helped! Ok, so that may not be exactly how the saying goes, but that’s totally what happened! Learning to cook from Grandma is always such an awesome and special thing to get to do. Being young, you think it’s just really fun to get to mess up a kitchen that’s always so spotless. You laugh, hear what silly Uncle Rick did while he’s away at college. And, if you’re really lucky and have a cool Grandma, you learn some secrets about your mom that she’d rather you didn’t know! BONUS!
At that time, when you’re young messing up the spotless kitchen, you don’t realize you’re learning too! Like this great Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe I’m about to teach you to make. One of my all time favorite dishes to make with Grandma! You get to pound the snot out of chicken with a rolling pin, toss flour all over, crush up bread into tiny crumbles… And, when it’s done and you cut into that first bite, all the ooey, gooey cheese runs out and you just know it’s going to be great! As she got older and her hands weren’t quite what they used to be, she made some adjustments to accommodate. And ya know what? She was totally ahead of her time! Before it was a *thing* she made a time consuming Chicken Cordon Bleu Dinner Recipe perfect for my busy family today! And, it’s still just as mouth watering tasty that takes literally half the time. And… WAY.LESS.MESS!! Score! Some old family secret recipes you’re sworn to never share. This isn’t one of them. I’m so happy to share with you my Grandma’s Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe! (the adapted one at that!) Ready? Let’s get cooking!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe
- 4 Large Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (the thicker the better, cut in 1/2 length wise)
- 14 Slices Of Thick Cut Deli Ham (don’t skimp on quality here, you’ll want quality cuts!)
- 2 TBSP Butter (melted)
- 1 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs (or, go ahead and make your own homemade!)
- 16 Slices Of Swiss Cheese (sliced thin)
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
For Parmesan Cream Sauce
- 1 Cup Milk
- 2 TBSP Butter
- 2 TBSP Flour (we used a basic all purpose flour)
- 1/2 TSP Salt
- 1 TSP Chicken Bouillon (we use the refrigerated fresh, you can substitute 1 crushed cube)
- 1/2 TSP Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 TBSP Dijon Mustard (or slightly less for those with sensitive palettes)
Pre-heat oven to 350*. Lightly spray 9X13 glass baking dish. In a small mixing bowl combine season bread crumbs and butter. (we tossed them up with our hands to get them completely coated) Set aside. Lay pre-sliced chicken breasts flat in glass baking dish. Salt & pepper to taste. While chicken is flat, layer 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of Swiss cheese on half of each breast. Fold the 2nd half of breast over the top and place 2 slices of Swiss cheese on top.
Sprinkle bread crumb and butter mixture over the top and bake for 35-40 minutes. While chicken is baking, take a medium sauce pan and melt butter. Here’s the hardest part of the whole dish… whisk in flour. Whisk, whisk, whisk! Make sure all lumps are gone. Lumpy sauce is just … blech. Slowly pour in milk and keep whisking away. Add chicken bouillon and keep up that whisking! Is your arm tired yet? We’re almost done! Keep going!
When sauce starts to thicken, remove from heat and whisk in Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and Parmesan cheese. Whisk until cheese is completely melted. (no lumps here either!) Place over very low heat to keep warm while we go check on the chicken. You’ll want chicken to be cooked through, cheese should be nice and bubbly inside and the breadcrumbs will be a nice toasty brown. Remove from oven, give the sauce another good whisking and pour over top of chicken breasts to serve!
See? Much easier than all that pounding (but probably not nearly as fun) and less mess than dredging through flour to coat the chicken. Breadcrumbs are awesome! Now, ENJOY the Chicken Cordon Bleu! And, for dessert, why not try some Black Forrest Cherry Cheesecake? Your family will totally thank you for this awesome dinner!
What great memories do you have learning to cook?
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