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Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

"Cordon Bleu" is a French phrase meaning "blue ribbon"—given as a prize for culinary excellence. The term also refers to a signature dish of chicken topped with a slice of ham and Swiss cheese, usually breaded and sauteed, or in this case, wrapped in puff pastry for a quick and easy finish. —Sharon Laabs, Hartford, Wisconsin
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices fully cooked ham
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into a 12-in. square. Cut into four 6-in. squares. Place a chicken breast in the center of each square; top with cheese and ham.
  3. Whisk egg and water; lightly brush over pastry edges. Bring 2 sides of pastry over chicken, overlapping 1 over the other; press seams to seal. Pinch together ends and fold under.
  4. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; brush tops with egg mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 587 calories, 32g fat (13g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 649mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 39g protein.

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