A truly easy chicken cordon bleu recipe. Get the wonderful flavor combination of the classic dish, without the hard work.
Before I made this easy baked chicken cordon bleu, I tried making classic chicken cordon bleu. A cordon bleu is a dish of meat with cheese filling, breaded and pan-fried. But I tried to make baked chicken cordon bleu. It was a disaster! The cheese completely oozed out of the rolled chicken breasts. There was nothing left inside the chicken. 😳
OK. Plan B. Online, I found recipes for “easy chicken cordon bleu” that suggested creating a pocket inside the chicken breasts. Then stuffing the ham and cheese inside the pockets, the cheese securely rolled inside the ham.
Nope. The cheese still managed to ooze out, leaving me with dry chicken breasts, and puddles of melted cheese on the pan.
Maybe I’m a bad cook, I don’t know. The pictures I saw online make it look so easy.
How to make TRULY EASY chicken cordon bleu
I still wanted to make baked chicken cordon bleu, and then it dawned on me. I want the flavor combination – chicken, Dijon, ham and Swiss. So I don’t really need the pretty presentation! (Although if I wasn’t so inept in the kitchen, I would have loved that too).
So this is what brought me to the current recipe for truly easy chicken cordon bleu. The cheese is the part that I find the most challenging. So I decided to coat the chicken breasts, bake them, then layer them with ham and cheese and return to the oven just until the the cheese is melted.
Success! Tonight for dinner, we all enjoyed the wonderful flavors of chicken cordon bleu. No cheese puddles! Just juicy chicken breasts topped with warm ham and melted Swiss cheese.
What cheese is best for chicken cordon bleu?
It’s best to use cheese that holds its shape when melted. I like to use Swiss cheese. Gruyere can work too. Mozzarella is meltier and milder, so it’s less appropriate for this recipe.
So how do you make baked chicken cordon bleu?
See the recipe card below for full instructions. Basically, I coat the chicken breasts with a mix of Dijon mustard and mayonnaise. I then dredge them in almond meal, to keep this dish low carb and gluten free. You can use the same amount of breadcrumbs if you prefer.
If you do use almonds, it’s best to use coarse almond meal rather than fine almond flour. A link to the product I used is provided below in the recipe.
I bake the coated chicken breasts, then top them with ham and cheese and return to the oven to melt the cheese. That’s it! Dinner is done!
Or try an even easier chicken cordon bleu recipe!
An even easier version of this easy chicken cordon bleu recipe would be not to bother with almond meal or breadcrumbs. Simply bake the chicken breasts, then spread with Dijon, top with ham and Swiss cheese and return to the oven for a few minutes, just until the cheese melts. That would be the ultimate in ease, and still very tasty!
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil, fit it with a wire rack and spray the rack with oil.
- In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.
- Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Brush on all sides with the Dijon mixture. Dredge in the almond meal, and place on the prepared wire rack. Spray with oil.
- Bake, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
- Top each chicken breast with two slices of ham (folded in two if necessary) and a slice of Swiss cheese.
- Return to the hot oven for 2-3 minutes, just until the cheese melts. Garnish with chopped parsley. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.