One of my favorite dishes to make when company comes over is chicken cordon bleu. If you’re not familiar with the dish, it’s a chicken breast stuffed with ham and swiss, dredged in bread crumbs, and baked. It’s easier to make than you may think and it is definitely something you should add to your repertoire.
Chicken breasts (one per serving)
Thinly sliced ham
Thinly sliced swiss cheese
Bread crumbs (I prefer panko bread crumbs – I think they give the chicken a better texture)
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
If you’re pressed for time or looking for convenience, buy the thinly sliced chicken breasts, otherwise pound the chicken breasts out (you can use a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin).
Top the thinly pounded chicken with ham and cheese. We usually use a little more ham than cheese, but do whatever sounds best to you.
Beat the eggs and add a little bit of water to make the egg wash. Season the breadcrumbs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Roll the chicken, ham and cheese mixture and secure with a toothpick or two if you’re having trouble keeping the roll together.
Dredge the chicken in the egg wash and then coat it in panko.
Place the chicken in a baking dish and cook at 350 for about 20-30 minutes (just keep an eye on the chicken and when the melted cheese starts getting crispy around the edges, your chicken is usually done).
I like to serve chicken cordon bleu with steamed vegetables topped with a little butter and salt or a homemade aioli sauce.
What is your favorite dish to make when you’re having company over? Have you ever tried making chicken cordon bleu?