I love taking an old favorite and turning it into something that is a little healthier for my family. It isn’t only good for us, but it’s a fun challenge too. And you know what? I think I like this healthier version of Chicken Cordon Bleu even better than the original fried version. Although, for some reason, my memories of chicken cordon bleu revolve around a kind of nasty, frozen chunk of meat that already has been fried, and then you baked it off in the oven. I think I used to sell meat for school or something for some sort of fundraiser, so my mom probably felt compelled to buy that lovely chicken cordon bleu.
So perhaps my memories of this chicken are jaded, but I’ll still opt for this healthier chicken cordon bleu any day of the week.
Not only does it taste great, but it is super simple to prepare as well. Butterfly a chicken breast, stuff the goodies inside (I used deli-style ham and pre-sliced Swiss cheese), throw some panko breadcrumbs on top, bake and viola! Done. So simple! Oh–there is a little mustard in there for flavor too. I’ll definitely be making these again.
By the way, Carrie of Bakeaholic Mama interviewed me and made one of my family’s favorite recipes. Head on over to her site to read a little more about me and see what she made.
Look at that cheese running out and slightly browned on the pan! My favorite part.
Verdict: I will definitely be making this again.
Husband’s take: He loved this! I wasn’t sure he liked Chicken Cordon Bleu but turns out he does. And he’s always on board when I’m making something a bit healthier.
How I served it to my 2-year-old: Cut up in pieces, she loved this!
Changes I would make: None are necessary but feel free to have some fun with the recipe. Use Canadian bacon or maybe a whole grain mustard.
Looking for more fun Chicken Cordon Bleu recipes? I can’t wait to try these…
Chicken Cordon Bleu Macaroni and Cheese from Iowa Girl Eats
Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini from Panini Happy
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta from Taste and Tell
Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps from Real Mom Kitchen