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Chicken Cordon Bleu

A classic take on chicken cordon bleu with tender chicken breasts stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese then coated in breadcrumbs, baked and served with a creamy Dijon sauce.

More chicken recipes you may like include baked chicken parmesan, baked chicken tenders and Parmesan ranch chicken.

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Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

A classic comfort food, this chicken cordon bleu recipe is made with thin chicken cutlets rolled with ham and melty Swiss cheese, coated in crispy Panko breadcrumbs then baked until tender and crunchy.

This way of making cordon bleu chicken is a bit of a shortcut, yet not as easy as one pan chicken cordon bleu pasta! It skips the traditional way of frying and bakes it instead. Serve with Caesar salad and mashed red potatoes for a complete meal!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Baked, not fried: Baking is much easier than frying in heavy oil, although we do love to pan fry this parmesan crusted chicken.
  • Fancy-sounding, yet easy: Golden brown chicken, stuffed with cheese and salty ham then baked. It looks impressive, yet is easier once you master the simple steps!

Recipe Ingredients

Chicken cordon bleu ingredients on a board.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Chicken: You’ll need about 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts. They’ll be sliced in half crosswise, to make 8 thinner cutlets in total.
  • Ham & swiss: You want to use thinly sliced deli ham for this. If it’s too thick you won’t be able to roll it up. I prefer to use pre-sliced Swiss just to make life easier, but by all means, use grated from a block, or slice your own.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: I love the lightness and crispness that the larger Panko crumbs provide. I also find they brown evenly and aren’t as dark as regular breadcrumbs.
  • Salt & pepper: This is just a bit of seasoning for the breadcrumbs.
  • Salted butter: Once melted, we’ll use this to dredge our chicken rolls. This is to help the breadcrumbs stick to the outside. Use unsalted butter if preferred.
  • Mayonnaise & Dijon mustard: A delicious combination of tangy and creamy to serve with the baked chicken.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite cheese. Sharp cheddar cheese, provolone, mozzarella cheese, or gruyere would be a nice alternative.
  • Prosciutto: Instead of ham, try prosciutto for a different version of baked chicken cordon bleu.
  • Add extra seasoning to the breadcrumbs. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder or even a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
  • Crispy crust: Use crushed cornflakes or Ritz crackers instead of panko bread crumbs for the outer crust.
  • Chicken cordon bleu sauce: Traditionally, the cream sauce is made with garlic butter as a roux, thickened with flour and milk, then seasoned with Parmesan, fresh herbs, and Dijon mustard.

How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu

This easy cordon bleu recipe might sound fancy, but you don’t need to be a Michelin star chef to make it.

Showing how to make chicken cordon bleu in a 6 step collage.
  1. Prepare the breasts. Use a sharp knife to slice horizontally and create 2 halves from each piece for a total of 8. One at a time, place half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet to gently pound it into 1/4” thickness.
  2. Add the filling. Lay each piece flat on a piece of plastic wrap. Add 1 slice of ham and 1 slice of cheese on top. Start with the smaller end of the breast and start rolling it up tightly, bringing in the sides as you move up.
  3. Roll and wrap. Once you’ve rolled them up, use the plastic wrap to wrap them up and contain them in a firm bundle. Twist the extra plastic on the sides like a candy wrapper. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Dredge in butter and crumbs. In one shallow dish whisk together the Panko, salt, and pepper. In another dish add melted butter. Discard the plastic wrap, dip one bundle at a time into butter, and roll it in breadcrumbs then repeat with all bundles and place them on a prepared rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Bake until golden. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 30 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. When meat is stuffed, it can take a little longer for the inside to cook, so you must use a digital thermometer to test for doneness.
  6. Serve with sauce. Feel free to serve the pieces whole with a side of mayo and Dijon mustard sauce, or for presentation, you can slice the chicken and present them as pinwheels on a platter and have people take a few pieces each. It’s up to you!
Chicken cordon bleu on metal baking sheet.

Recipe Tips

  • If you don’t have a meat mallet, use a rolling pin to pound the meat. You want to make it an even thickness for even cooking.
  • Tuck in the sides as you roll the chicken like a burrito that way the filling won’t fall out.
  • Don’t skip the chill time, it helps keep the roll in its shape to prevent unfolding and falling apart!
  • Keep an instant-read thermometer nearby. It’s the most accurate way to tell when your chicken has an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Allow the pieces to rest before serving. Otherwise, the juices will run out leaving the meat dry if you cut into it too soon.
Sliced chicken cordon bleu on white plate.

Recipe FAQs

What is chicken cordon bleu?

In French, cordon bleu translates to “blue ribbon”. Back in the day (we’re talking the 1500s) Henry III of France gave knights that were kind of a big deal a wide blue ribbon to signify their rank, the highest order. So, eventually, blue ribbon became a way to describe the high standards of certain food and certain chefs.

Cordon bleu can be made with any type of thin cutlet of meat including veal, pork, beef, or chicken stuffed with cheese, then fried. It’s usually served with a cordon bleu sauce, and even that has variations to it now.

What to serve with chicken cordon bleu?

To accompany the rich flavors in chicken cordon bleu, try any of these side dishes including roasted asparagus, roasted potatoes and carrots
Parmesan roasted broccoli or green beans.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, make these up to 1 day ahead, or freeze them for months. Once wrapped in plastic wrap, store uncooked rolls in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and continue as directed.

How to store and reheat leftovers?

Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The longer it sits, the soggier the breadcrumbs get, so this is best enjoyed the day of.

To reheat, you can use the microwave for single portions, or the oven at 350°F for more. Or try the air fryer if you have one.

Bite of chicken cordon bleu on a plate.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
A classic take on chicken cordon bleu with tender chicken breasts stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese then coated in breadcrumbs, baked and served with a creamy Dijon sauce.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8

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Ingredients 

  • 4 (about 2 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 thin slices ham
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter , melted
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard , plus more to taste

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to create 2 chicken breast halves. Place 1 chicken breast half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Gently pound each piece into an even 1/4-inch thickness, being careful not tear the chicken. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Lay chicken flat on a piece of plastic wrap. Layer 1 slice of ham and then 1 slice of cheese over the chicken, leaving 1/2-inch uncovered around all edges.
  • Starting on the smaller end of the chicken, roll the chicken tightly, while tucking in the ham and chicken on each side, to the opposite end (like you would a burrito). This will help keep the cheese inside as it bakes.
  • Wrap the chicken tightly in the plastic wrap, twisting the excess plastic on the sides to create a tootsie-roll shape of a firm chicken bundle. Chill at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day in advance.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a rimmed 9×13-inch baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together the panko, salt, and pepper until combined. Place melted butter in a separate shallow dish.
  • Remove the plastic wrap from the chicken bundles. Dip 1 bundle into the butter. Transfer to panko mixture, pressing lightly to help the panko stick to the chicken. Transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bundles. Spray the panko with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bake 30 minutes, or until a digital thermometer inserted into the chicken (not the filling) reads 160°F degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise and mustard together. Serve with the chicken.

Notes

Cheese: Sharp cheddar or gruyere are other great cheese options.
Make-ahead: You can make the wrapped chicken bundles up to one day before breading and baking.
Freeze: Place wrapped, uncooked chicken bundles in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and bread and bake from there.

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swiss

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