(almost) Chicken Cordon Bleu


I will have to admit that I’ve never had Chicken Cordon Bleu before.  Of course, I’m sure this statement will prompt my dad to remind me of a time I had it.  So I’m sorry if I’m wrong!  It’s fun that these blog posts are prompting my family to share more stories of my life growing up.
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Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu
Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 Tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 tsp EVOO
  • 1/4 cup ham

Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp pepper and salt.  Combine cheese and cream cheese in a bowl.
  • Combine the remaining 1/4 tsp pepper with breadcrumbs, parsley and 2 tsp oil in another bowl.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat
  • Cook the chicken until browned on both sides.  This should be about 2 minutes per side.
  • Move the chicken to the center so all pieces are touching.
  • Spread with the cheese mixture, sprinkle with ham, then top with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.  This should be about 7 minutes.
Nutritionals: Cal: 275, Fat: 13, Carb: 4, Protein: 34, Fiber: 1.