Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients:

  • Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Garlic Powder (1 tablespoon)
  • Onion Powder (1 tablespoon)
  • Swiss cheese (4 slices)
  • Ham (thinly sliced 4 slices)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • All-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • Egg (1 beaten)
  • Panko bread crumbs (1 cups)
  • Butter (3 tablespoons)
  • Garlic (2 cloves minced)
  • 1 cups milk
  • Dijon mustard (2 tablespoon)
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Direction:

On a cutting board, place a chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound until about ½ inch (1 cm) thick with a rolling pin, meat mallet or heavy pan.

Remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, tossing to coat evenly.

Place 2 slices of Swiss cheese, then 2 slices of ham, then another layer of Swiss cheese, and another layer of ham. Evenly roll the chicken and place onto a new sheet of plastic wrap.

Wrap the chicken in the plastic wrap tightly and use the excess plastic on the sides to twist, firming up the roll of chicken cordon bleu as you work. Tie the excess plastic, then chill the roll in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat a pan with 2 inches (5 cm) of oil to 325°F (170°C).

After the roll is set unwrap the chicken cordon bleu, prepare 3 separate large, wide dishes with the flour, beaten egg, and bread crumbs. Dredge the chicken first in the flour, then the egg, and then bread crumbs.

Place the breaded chicken cordon bleu in the oil and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until the outside is an even golden brown. If a good color is achieved and the chicken’s center is still not 165°F (75°C), place the chicken cordon bleu on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and finish the chicken in the oven at 325°F (170°C) until that temperature is reached.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and cook the garlic until soft. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute.

Add the milk and whisk until fully combined with the roux and no lumps remain. Continue whisking until the mixture comes to a simmer and has thickened.

Add the mustard, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper and whisk to combine. Remove the pan from the heat.

Slice the chicken and serve drizzled with Dijon sauce and some grilled veggies.

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