Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu II Recipe

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Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu II Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
65mins
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Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 15, 2023

This healthier version of Chicken Cordon Bleu is a delicious and satisfying dish that is lower in calories and fat. Tender chicken breasts are stuffed with lean ham and Swiss cheese, lightly breaded and baked to perfection. Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete and nutritious meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices lean ham
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Place each chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until they are about 1/4-inch thick.
  3. Remove the plastic wrap and place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss cheese on each chicken breast.
  4. Roll up the chicken breasts tightly, tucking in the sides as you go, and secure with toothpicks.
  5. In a shallow dish, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  6. Coat each rolled chicken breast with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing lightly to adhere.
  7. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the chicken breasts to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
  9. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Remove the toothpicks from the chicken breasts before serving.
  11. Serve hot and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Chicken Cordon Bleu is a classic French dish that originated in Switzerland.
  • The name 'Cordon Bleu' is derived from the French phrase 'bleu ribbon,' which was used to describe something of the highest quality.
  • Traditionally, Chicken Cordon Bleu is prepared by pounding chicken breasts, stuffing them with ham and cheese, breading, and then deep frying them.
  • This healthier version cuts down on calories and fat by baking the chicken instead of frying it.