Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu

Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu

To make traditional cordon bleu, you layer prosciutto (or other ham) and cheese in between thin slices of chicken or veal, then bread and sauté the whole stack. This quick, easy version keeps the flavors the same, but skips the fussy layering and breading steps. Serve with: Delicata squash and broccoli.

From EatingWell: November/December 2009
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed (see Tip)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/3 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
  5. 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
  6. 1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Note)
  7. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or thyme
  8. 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  9. 1/4 cup chopped ham (about 1 ounce)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Combine cheese and cream cheese in a bowl. Combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper with breadcrumbs, parsley (or thyme) and 2 teaspoons oil in another bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Move the chicken to the center so all pieces are touching. Spread with the cheese mixture, sprinkle with ham, then top with the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 245 calories; 12 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 82 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 1 g fiber; 314 mg sodium; 216 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

0 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 4 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat