Classic Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu – Indulge, in the world of comfort food with our Classic Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe. This dish brings together the best of both worlds by combining simplicity and gourmet flavors. Tender chicken, cheese, and savory ham are enveloped in a golden Panko crust creating a delicious twist on the traditional Cordon Bleu. Whether it’s for a family dinner or an unforgettable experience this recipe is sure to impress!
The first time I tried making this dish was on a chilly evening when all I wanted was a satisfying meal. To my delight not only was the preparation process simple and enjoyable. The final outcome exceeded my expectations! My husband, who usually doesn’t shower compliments easily couldn’t stop raving about the crunch and balance of flavors. As for my child? Well, let’s just say their plate was empty before I even had a chance to ask how it tasted!
What makes this Classic Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu truly special?
What sets our Classic Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu apart is its charm which offers an alternative to store-bought versions. The recipe also allows for customization with types of cheese and ham to cater to taste preferences. Its simplicity combined with its gourmet touch makes it suitable, for both family dinners and special occasions. The secret, behind achieving that delightful crunch lies in the Panko breadcrumbs, which create a combination of tender chicken, creamy cheese, and savory ham in every bite. This recipe goes beyond cooking a meal; it creates an experience that’s sure to become a beloved favorite, among your family.
What You Need To Make This Classic Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe?
Chicken Breasts: For this recipe, it’s important to choose chicken breasts that are boneless and skinless. The quality of the chicken is crucial as it forms the foundation of the dish. To make them easier to work with and ensure cooking halve the chicken breasts lengthwise to create pieces that can be rolled up nicely.
Seasoning: To enhance the flavors of the chicken without overpowering components, a simple yet elegant seasoning of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper is used.
Eggs and Milk: For a mixture whisk together eggs and milk. This combination helps the flour and breadcrumbs stick better to create a smooth coating.
Flour: Dusting the chicken with all-purpose flour provides a base layer that allows subsequent layers of egg and breadcrumbs to adhere well resulting in an even crust.
Panko Breadcrumbs: To achieve a crunchier coating, opt, for Panko breadcrumbs instead of regular ones. They have an airier texture which gives that golden crust we all love about this dish.
Herbs: The breadcrumbs are mixed with dried basil and oregano for depth. These herbs beautifully complement both the chicken and cheese by adding distinct flavors.
Cheese and Ham: When selecting cheese for this recipe go for high-quality baby cheese known for its nutty flavor as well, as its excellent melting qualities.
Pair it with some deli-style ham to achieve that Cordon Bleu flavor. When these two ingredients come together you’ll experience a combination of tender meat and a crispy chicken coating.
Parmesan Dijon Cream Sauce: The Parmesan Dijon Cream Sauce is simply divine. It’s made with butter, flour, milk, Dijon mustard, and Parmesan cheese. This sauce not only adds a texture but also introduces a tangy and cheesy taste that takes the dish to the next level. For a touch of freshness and vibrancy, you can sprinkle some chopped Italian parsley on top (although this step is optional).
Steps To Make Classic Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to a temperature of 375 degrees. First, take the chicken. Gently flatten them until they are 1/2 inch thick if they appear too thick. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and some black pepper according to your taste.
Step 2: In a bowl whisk together eggs and a tablespoon of milk imagining it as a bath, for the chicken. On a plate spread out the flour. On another plate mix together the Panko breadcrumbs along with some basil and oregano to create three dipping stations.
Step 3: Now comes the enjoyable part; place a slice of cheese on each piece of chicken followed by a slice of ham. Carefully roll them up. Secure them with toothpicks like presents.
Step 4: Dip each rolled chicken in the egg mixture in flour back in the egg again and finally in the breadcrumbs mixture. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Give each piece a spritz of cooking spray, for that golden touch then bake for around 25 to 35 minutes.
Step 5: While the chicken is transforming into deliciousness inside the oven let’s prepare the sauce. Melt some butter in a saucepan. Gradually whisk in flour while cooking for a couple of minutes. Gradually add milk while stirring continuously until it slightly thickens.
Step 6: Reduce the temperature. Gently mix in the Dijon mustard and Parmesan cheese until the cheese is melted and the sauce becomes smooth.
Step 7: After ensuring that the chicken is fully cooked (verify a temperature of 165 degrees) allow it to rest briefly. Remove any toothpicks, slice it into pieces, and generously drizzle them with your prepared cheese sauce. For a finishing touch sprinkle some parsley on top.
To accomplish the balance of a crispy exterior and juicy interior for your Chicken Cordon Bleu it’s crucial to give attention to how you roll and secure the chicken. Once you’ve placed the cheese and ham on the chicken roll it tightly to prevent any cheese from melting out while baking. Use toothpicks strategically to secure the rolls without meddling with the chickens’ cooking. Remember, don’t fail to pull the toothpicks before serving! These thorough rolling and securing approaches ensure that every morsel is filled with a medley of crispy chicken, melty cheese, and flavorful ham. Not will your dish be delicious. It will also be visually attractive.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use other types of cheese?
Of course! You’re more than welcome to try out types of cheese. It’s always fun to explore and discover which combinations your family enjoys the most.
What can I serve with this dish?
If you’re looking for some ideas, on what to serve alongside this dish a light salad, steamed vegetables or even a simple pasta would make accompaniments.
How can I make this recipe gluten-free?
For those who follow a diet, you can easily make this recipe gluten-free by using alternative options for the all-purpose flour and Panko breadcrumbs. There are plenty of gluten-free alternatives that will still result in a delicious outcome.
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