Friday, February 19, 2016

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Adapted from: Tyler’s Ultimate Chicken Cordon Bleu on the Food Network.

4 chicken breasts skinless and boneless
4 slices of ham (I use just sandwich meat ham)
4 slices of Swiss Cheese
1/4 cup flour

salt and pepper
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (Find these and use them! They make all the difference. They are just by the normal bread crumbs in a box. I'm in love!)

1 tsp. Thymne
1 clove garlic minced
2 tablespoons margarine or butter melted
2 eggs
Extra-virgin olive oil

First off, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Lay out some plastic wrap about 6 inches by 5 inches. I put four down so I could just work with the chicken and not have to get the box out again with yucky hands.

Pound the chicken breasts as thin as you can get it with a meat mallet and if you are desperate cut the chicken breast in half width-wise. I did both to get it really thin.  If they are slightly frozen they don't splatter as much.

Put some ham on the chicken breast and a slice of swiss cheese. Then roll it up into a jelly-rollish shape and wrap up in the plastic wrap to keep it all together or secure with a toothpick.  Repeat.  At this point if you are working with fresh meet you could roll the chicken in foil and freeze for later use.  Don't refreeze chicken that was frozen and then thawed.

Then lay out three pans that you can use to dip the chicken in. Also get out a sheet and put some olive oil on it.

Put flour in one dish and mix some salt and pepper into it.

In the second dish mix the bread crumbs, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, and melted butter. In the third dish beat eggs and season with salt and pepper. (Do you detect a theme here?)

Remove plastic wrap and dust the chicken with the flour. Then dip it in the egg and then coat it with the bread crumbs. In my opinion, the more the better.

Place on the sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

 For the sauce I got this from one of my favorite recipe blogs...

Ingredients: 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (I made my own from scratch this time!)
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Brown mustard or Whole Grain Mustard (I just used normal)
1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
3 Tbs Milk

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and heat thru, add milk to reach the consistency that you desire. Serve the sauce hot with Chicken Cordon Bleu.
All together it is the best stuff!