There are a lot of different ways to make this classic dish. I used to think of chicken cordon bleu as a dish where the chicken breast is flattened, stuffed, rolled, flash fried, then baked in the oven. However, my mom always made it folded in half and baked rather than rolled and fried. And I'll tell you what: this method is just as awesome as fried and doesn't require as much technique.
The Stuffed Chicken Breast Series: An Easy, Gourmet Treat
But before I get into that, I'd like to welcome you to my Stuffed Chicken Breast Series. Yes, I'm going all in with stuffed chicken breast recipes. This is actually the very first stuffed chicken recipe I posted on my website. It's my mom's recipe and I've always loved it. So awesome. Now, I want to dedicate some time and attention to more stuffed chicken breast recipes and techniques.
For example, there are methods to choose from. The first is butterfly, stuff & fold, like my cordon bleu. Next option, slice down the top of breast to make a pocket, stuff crumpled tin foil into the pocket, sear it, then add the filling into the pocket. This seems like it will work if you have a creamier filling. Lastly, there is the rolling method: butterfly the breast, pound it thin, lay out/spread your filling onto the chicken, then roll the breast. For this type of technique your filling should lay flat and not be bulky. There are so many exciting combinations and methods to try! Also, yes, there are many more variations on how best to stuff your boneless chicken breast. These are simply a jumping off point!
Stuffing and Folding this Easy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu is the way to go
All this baking method requires is to butterfly your chicken breast, pound it slightly, dip in butter, dip in breadcrumbs, add ham and cheese, fold in half, bake in oven. It's really that easy. The one extra step you could take is to toast your panko breadcrumbs slightly in a pan before breading the outside of your chicken. My recipe doesn't call for that to save on the prep time. But you could choose to do this if it's really important to the presentation for you.
Otherwise, get those chicken breasts in the oven and make the cheese sauce while they cook. You can follow along in my step-by-step video above. This recipe rocks and is truly a gourmet meal!
If You're Obsessed with Stuffing Chicken (Like Me), Try These:
- Three-Cheese Stuffed Chicken w/Sausage & Red Sauce
- Stove Top Stuffing Chicken Rolls
- Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake
- Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wrapped in Bacon
- Cheesy Fajita Stuffed Chicken
- Bacon Ricotta Stuffed Chicken
- Asparagus and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
- Stuffed Chicken w/Sun Dried Tomatoes & Sharp Provolone