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Oct 22, 2012

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU LORI STYLE

I remember a time when the biggest thing in restaurants was Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was the stuff of first dates and dinner celebrations. IMG_0159
Recently I have had a craving for some stuffed chicken breasts so I decided to make my own.
I had to work until 6:15 so I prepared the chicken this morning before work. I worried that the coating would be soggy. It wasn’t.
Here we go with my version which is by no means traditional. There is no heavy cream sauce. It is not rolled up like many others are. It is just my version, which means easy and it turned out AWESOME.
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU LORI STYLE
Adjust the amounts according to the people you are feeding. Depending on how large the breasts are you will be able to fit in more ham and cheese.
Chicken breasts, boneless
Shaved deli ham
Sliced Swiss cheese (about 3 X 4 inches)
Greek style plain yogurt
Garlic, I used about 2 teaspoons of dried garlic granules
Pepper, 1 teaspoon but we like lots of pepper 

Panko bread crumbs
Olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
IMG_0144Make a slice into the side of the breast making a nice big pocket. Be careful not to go all the way through but make is as big as possible. I made the pocket considerably bigger than this.  IMG_0145Take 2 slices of Swiss cheese and some shaved deli ham and roll them up like a cigar. Stuff this inside the pocket you made in the chicken. It will be very full but that is okay.IMG_0146IMG_0147
IMG_0143Mix garlic and pepper into the Greek yogurt and then roll the chicken breasts in that mixture. Look how thick and rich that Greek yogurt is. Brilliant for cooking. Roll this in Panko bread crumbs.IMG_0148 IMG_0149Take some kitchen twine and tie around the breast in about 4 places to keep that stuffing inside and the breast together.
(I tried toothpicks but they don’t close the chicken up well enough. At this point I covered it up and put it in the fridge for about 9 hours until I got home from work.) IMG_0153
Place chicken in a baking dish with the cut side up to help keep the cheese inside. Sprinkle lightly with olive oil. If they are not able to stand up on their own make little tin foil bundles to help prop them up.(note there are 2 plain chicken breasts in the pan for the one in the house who rolls that way)IMG_0155 Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until lightly browned and cooked through basting with the liquid from the pan which is a mix of the olive oil and the oil released from the cheese. It adds lots of flavor and helps to brown the Panko bread crumbs.IMG_0157My BB Guy said this was the best chicken he has had for as long as he could remember. He was so right. It was tender, moist and tasty. I wouldn’t add any salt in the cooking process because there is enough salt in the ham and the cheese.IMG_0159 This is good enough for company and makes family feel like you are out for dinner for that special occasion.

11 comments:

Katherine Wolak said...

GOD I am making that!!! O.O tomorrow, if possible!!! OHHHHH I am just drooling ropes here! That looks absolutely delicious and THANK YOU WOMAN for posting how to make it! >:D

Hugs,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds great! I haven't had CCB in a long time:@)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Looks delicious and not too difficult. Would be a lovely company dish. Valerie

ImSoVintage said...

I bet it was delicious. I just found your blog through a comment you left on Muddy Boot Dreams. Glad I did.

Hugs,
Laura

Sarah Kate {Dixie Creek Farm} said...

Back when we first got married, I would buy those frozen chicken cordon bleu dishes from the grocery store. We ate those at least twice a week. I wasn't much of a cook back then. ;o) Yours look delicious! I think you're right to not add any salt. You gotta make your sodium cuts where you can!

Peg said...

Mmmm...sounds and looks so good I can almost smell it - looks like we'll have to do that soon!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...


Oh Chef Lori, that looks so delish, another recipe of yours for me to treasure.

I still am loving the last one that you posted, it was so easy to make, and tasted wonderful.

Looking forward to trying this one.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Nicholl Vincent said...

I'm making this tomorrow! thank you for teaching!

Have a wonderful evening! Drop by thechiffondiary.com & say hi!

Sigrun said...

That is mouth-watering, Lori--must try that. I have been coating my chicken with yogurt and baking for a long time, but I give it a spray of Pam to help crisp it. I made Dill Pickle Soup this week. It was delicious.

Holly said...

Yum! That looks amazing!! :D
Dropping by from the blog hop. :)

Linda H said...

Ooooh, that sounds sooo good, gonna try this for sure!! Yummmm. I'm ready to go to bed and now I'm all hungry...

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