Saturday, November 6, 2010

Affordable Chicken Cordon Bleu

 Affordable (and easy) Chicken Cordon Bleu

I was feeling pretty adventurous after bringing home a new cookbook....I faced my fear of raw chicken and flattened it out with my non-stick rolling pin...guess what! I turned out awesome!

Here's All you need:
4 boneless chicken breast fillets
4 slices of ham (we use Jennie-O Turkey Ham)
4 slices of Provolone cheese
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk

First you gotta pound that chicken! Flatten it out. I have a nice non-stick rolling pin that is very easy to clean and sanitize. If you only have a wood rolling pin, do not touch it directly to the raw chicken like I did here. Instead lay a piece of saran wrap or wax paper over the chicken before rolling it out.   You want it to be about 1/4 inch thick...

Layer each chicken breast with a slice of the ham and a slice of cheese...then roll them up!

Roll the wrap in the milk, then into a mixture of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. (I used some left over shredded cheese that needed to get used up, it worked out just as good)

Lay the chicken rolls out on a greased cookie sheet, seam side down. If they won't stay rolled up, just skewer them with a toothpick.
*I don't have a dishwasher, and washing cookie sheets in my sink isn't easy, so I put some tin foil on the bottom of the cookie sheet for easy clean up*

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes in 425 degrees. They will come out as beautiful, cheesy goodness!

I served them with my home made macaroni and my son's favorite: broccoli and cauliflower. It was a very tasty dinner indeed! Very much worth the touching of the raw chicken!  *Although I have to give my husband credit for filleting the chicken breast for me....that was just too much touching*

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