Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
Between moving to Frankfurt and having no internet for the past 10 days (perhaps a future Mix-Up Monday post) we just have not been able to get on and blog lately. That does not mean we haven't been busy mixing up some new recipes though.
Like this one...Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu.
This recipe is just as easy to make for two as it is for twenty two, all you need to do is increase the ingredients to fit what you need and you are good to go.
We tried to keep this pretty healthy so we skipped the butter, but if you are one of those people the calories just slide off of, go ahead and make it as juicy and tasty as possible :)
For two people we used:
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 slices of ham (we didn't have any real ham so we used sandwich meat... :( )
2 small (or one giant) slice of cheese (we used some cheese from her holiday in the Alps)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt, pepper, oregano, basil
OPTIONAL - 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C)
Slice your cheese and ham (or folding it over works too) so it will fit inside your chicken breast.
Wash and pat dry your chicken and then slice the chicken longways through the middle. Do not cut all the way through (you want to make a pocket).
Stuff your ham and cheese inside the pocket (don't let any hang over the sides).
If you are like us and just sliced without real accuracy, you may need to use toothpicks to keep everything in.
Pour the breadcrumbs out onto a plate or shallow bowl. Add a good amount of salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Mix well.
[If you are using butter, melt the butter and roll your chicken in the butter before rolling it in the breadcrumbs.]
Roll the chicken in the breadcrumbs so that it is well covered. It should still be a little damp from rinsing it off earlier so there should be no problem with the breadcrumbs sticking.
Place on a baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes or until golden brown. If you did not use butter (like us) your chicken will not be as nice and golden as if you did.
These can be served with almost anything. We ate ours with couscous (her current food addition) and green beans. Mashed potatoes also go really well with chicken cordon bleu.