Chicken Cordon Bleu is made a weeknight dinner masterpiece that is easy to make, little clean up, only takes 30 minutes from start to finish and served with an amazing sauce over a panko-breaded chicken breast, stuffed with classic ham and melted cheese.
PIN this CHICKEN CORDON BLEU RECIPE in your DINNER, CHICKEN, QUICK AND EASY, AND WEEKNIGHT BOARDS on PINTEREST. And follow Sweet Tea & Thyme on Pinterest for more tips, hacks, and tasty recipes!
Jump to Recipe
I had a poll on my Instagram last night, and boy, y'all went IN!
Between ragu alla bolognese, crispy fried calamari, and this chicken cordon bleu recipe, I asked which one YOU wanted to see today.
And chicken cordon bleu won overwhelmingly!
As Gristle and Gossip said when I asked about the supreme love for this classic, "I just like chicken!"
Good, because I like chicken, too. And my son was rooting hard for the chicken to win, he refused to go to bed til midnight when the poll ended. He celebrated by passing out on my lap at like 12:10 AM.
This weeknight version is going to knock your socks off, because it's quick, easy, way less clean up than the classic and requires NO BEATING THE HELL OUT OF THE CHICKEN!
I'll let you in on a secret to why you don't need to fuss with beating the living devil out of the chicken breast (or having a super thick piece of chicken that you sandwich ham and cheese in and have to cook for a long period of time).
Get chicken breasts from your grocer prepared for scallopini. If you can't find it, go to a grocer that has a butcher inside and ask them to slice the chicken breast thinly horizontally. This gives you more bang for your buck with the chicken breasts, from one chicken breast you can make 3 or 4 delicious chicken cordon bleu. It makes things so much easier, saves time, saves money,
Now, that's not the only thing that cuts back on your time. Usually chicken cordon bleu involved dredging. I gotta be honest, dredging is not my favorite thing ever only because it gets messy. I am not about the messiness because that means I got to clean it up. I'd rather be sitting down watching Kitchen Nightmares with my hubby than cleaning up. I think anyone would rather do anything than clean up a bunch of mess.
So how easy is this:
You slather a bit of dijon mustard on the chicken breasts, both sides, and season both sides with salt and pepper. On the widest side, add ham and cheese, then fold up (it stays nicely folded so no need for toothpicks) and coat in breadcrumbs. Send it into the oven for about 25-30 minutes and serve with an awesome parmesan-dijon cream sauce, which you can make while the chicken is in the oven. Serve this with something savory and satisfying, like herb roasted red potatoes or slow cooked green beans.
So little clean up, saving money, saving time, easy-peasy, and a ton of flavor. I see why everyone was so excited for this recipe!
Shop this Recipe
[amazon_link asins='B000JPSI8C,B01IUKIPYY,B01CY3MREW,B00004OCNS' template='ProductCarousel' store='sweetteaandth-20' marketplace='US' link_id='b6f938bd-7d3e-11e7-a936-7dc8a191c004']
For more great recipes, subscribe to Sweet Tea & Thyme!
And let’s connect on social media through FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM. I love getting to know you guys!
Weeknight Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu is made a weeknight masterpiece that is easy to make, little clean up, only takes 30 minutes from start to finish and served with an amazing sauce over a panko-breaded chicken breast, stuffed with classic ham and melted cheese.
- 6 slices of thinly sliced chicken breast
- 6 slices swiss chese
- 6 slices honey ham
- 3 tablespoon dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1 ½ cups regular breadcrumbs
Parmesan-Dijon Cream Sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoon butter
- 1 ½ tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- With a brush or back of a spoon, smear dijon thinly on each chicken breast, covering from end to end. You can do one or both sides of each breast. Season with salt and pepper on each side of each chicken breast. On the widest end of the breast, fold up ham and cheese and place on it, then fold the other end of the breast over the ham and cheese.
- In a shallow dish, spread out breadcrumbs and place the folded chicken in. Cover each side well in breadcrumbs then place in an oven-safe dish.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. While cooking begin making parmesan-dijon cream sauce.
- Serve with sauce.
Parmesan Dijon Cream Sauce
- In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter and add thyme. Once butter is melted, add flour and whisk vigorously to create a roux. Cook roux for a minute to cook out raw flour.
- In a bowl, combine milk and chicken broth, then gradually pour into the saucepan while whisking constantly to ensure there are no lumps. Add Worcestershire sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.
- Once thickened, turn off heat and stir in dijon mustard and parmesan until cheese is melted. Keep the sauce warm until chicken is ready to serve. If sauce becomes too thick, splash in a little milk and whisk well.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478
See y'all in the next post!
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.
Made this tonight and it was delicious. I have a very happy hubby! Thank you for the fantastic recipe.
Eden Westbrook says
You’re very welcome, hon! I’m glad it made your hubby happy, haha!
I just made this for the first time tonight (had it saved since it came out) and its SOOOO good!. Really easy to make and the sauce was done at exactly the same time that the chicken came out of the oven. I doubled the recipe and it still came out perfect!
Julie I Aloha Lovely says
This does sound pretty easy, will have to give it a try! Nice photos too!
Mila | Hangry Woman says
I always love looking out for your recipes. This looks so good, and easy for a weeknight meal. We all know we dread weeknight cooking after a long day at work!
Everything about this recipe sounds amazing! I love chicken cordon bleu, but have never attempted it because of how complicated (and messy!) The recipes are. You're my hero for this!
What a great recipe! My dad talks about my grandmother's chicken cordon blue all the time, and how it would take her like 2 days to prepare. I might need to try this recipe as an easy alternative!
Wow, this takes me back to childhood. My mom used to make chicken cordon bleu. I didn't really appreciate it as a kid, but I think I'd like it now. It has been YEARS since I've had it, so I really want to try it again, especially after reading your post.
Jessica Osmond says
That cream sauce is calling my name!! I haven't had chicken cordon bleu in SO long but I think that has to change now that I know it doesn't take 3 hours to prepare!! Thanks for the inspiration!
I want this for dinner tonight! thanks for sharing
Anne Murphy says
That looks so much easier! LOL And still quite good... Great idea!
GIna Marie says
I giggled when you said pound the chicken because I recall the many times I would see that on the various cooking shows I watch lol beautiful photography ?
Britt Anne says
They always beat the chicken and i figured it was a waste of chicken! Lol
Thank you so much!
Jeff Honeywood says
I love chicken cordon bleu, it seems like a strange combination, but it's so delicious.
Armelle Dee says
Ooh yummy, this looks amazing! I will definitely try this. The worst thing is that I am on my lunch break and I want this right now???
I don't think I've ever heard of a parmesan-dijon cream sauce before! Sounds amazing, I'm definitely going to have to try and veganize it!