Since I had a lot of Swiss cheese in the fridge, I wanted to find a new recipe to use some of it up. And you can never go wrong with a Chicken Cordon Bleu.
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
6 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices cooked ham
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 7×11 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness.
3. Sprinkle each piece of chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on top of each breast. Roll up each breast, and secure with a toothpick. Pace in baking dish and sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs.
4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from oven, and place 1/2 cheese on top of each breast. Return to oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove toothpicks and serve immediately.
While writing up this recipe, I realized that I missed part of the last step. I did not put a half slice of cheese to melt on top. I think I had enough cheese in the middle though that it did not matter. My cheese slices were rather thick and I think it would have been too much cheese if I put more. If you used normal deli sliced cheese, then yes, an extra half would probably be nice. And for the ham, I used regular sliced deli black forest ham.
Other than that, I followed the recipe and thought it turned out pretty well. I actually had mine with a little bit of ranch dressing. Unfortunately with left overs, this dish does not microwave well. The best way to reheat would be in the oven. The Swiss microwaves strangely and the bread crumbs become soggy. I didn’t try it myself but now that I am thinking about it, it might even be good cold. Perhaps sliced and served with a salad.