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Chicken Cordon Bleu
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Chicken Cordon Bleu - fried

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a tasty main dish, perfect for a weekend dinner or celebrations. Chicken breasts filled with ham and cheese, then crispy fried.

Chicken Cordon Bleu - fried
Chicken Cordon Bleu, oh yeeeeees. I am talking about that beautifully crispy fried chicken breast filled with ham, melted cheese. This is such a delicacy, you guys, it’s truly SO GOOD. Jernej and I took a few days to brainstorm what would be that one perfect holiday chicken main dish that would a) impress your guests, b) be done in 1 hour and c)would be something special, something people don’t usually make at home, but should. We both came to the same conclusion - which by the way doesn’t happen all the time: CHICKEN CORDON BLEU. It takes a bit of effort and a bit of time, but it’s really nothing you can’t handle. We connected with family Hudin from Slovenia for this recipe, they have the best, tastiest free range chickens in Slovenia, so it’s always amazing to get creative with such an amazing product. So as mentioned before, it takes 1 hour from start to finish to make this dish and the most important thing is to have your cooking thermometer ready to make sure the chicken is cooked through. Other than that, this chicken dish is a winner. You can serve it with rice, vegetables, mashed potatoes and other delicious treats - more in the recipe. Now put on your favorite apron, turn the music on and let’s get started.

FAMILY HUDIN

As mentioned before, we once again partnered with Tina and Franc from family Hudin for this ahhhhhmzing Chicken Cordon Bleu. They are a lovely family from Miklavž na Dravskem polju, Slovenia. If you are ever staying in Slovenia and crave a good chicken, you can buy their free range chickens in Ljubljana (market), BTC (market) and in Maribor (market). Why we decided to use their free range chicken breasts for this recipe? Because their chickens live longer which results in a firm chicken breast texture and that makes it perfect for all kinds of chicken roulades and this chicken cordon bleu too. Plus their chickens are completely GMO free, which is of course, incredibly important too.

How to make Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Chicken breasts - Use quality free range chicken breasts and make sure to cook them long enough (check the temperature in the recipe) - depends on the size.

Ham - Ham is great, in Slovenia, where prosciutto is common, we like to use prosciutto cotto.

Cheese - We used Gauda, but you can use any cheese that melts good.

Flour - You can use all-purpose flour, plain flour, whole wheat flour, spelt flour, gluten free flour or any other flour you want in this recipe - it all depends on your wishes. We always use all-purpose.

Eggs and heavy cream - You can't substitue eggs with anything and the heavy cream will only make the exterior crunchier.

Breadcrumbs - You can use whole wheat flour breadcrumbs or gluten free breadcrumbs too.

Sesame seeds and chia seeds - Add a lovely crunchiness and texture.

Paprika and Turmeric - Yes, you can leave both out, but they do add an amazing flavor.

Vegetable oil - Use canola or sunflower oil.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Tightly wrap the chicken breasts into a roll, so that the flavors will combine, mmm. It’s going to be delicious.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Freezing Cordon Bleu

When the chicken cordon bleu is tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, you can freeze it for up to three weeks or store in a fridge for two days. That’s especially great for celebrations and holiday gatherings.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Coat the chicken cordon bleu evenly in each layer - especially in the egg mixture to get the best possible crunchy, golden exterior. If you feel like the “roulade” just isn’t tight enough, you can use toothpicks to close the roulade. Just make sure to discard them before serving.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu - frying temperature

The center of the chicken meat must be 68°C / 160°F. If this can’t be achieved by frying alone (if the chicken breasts are big), then cook in the oven until the meat reaches 68°C / 160°F.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

What to serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu?

So many delicious side dishes go very well with Chicken Cordon Bleu. Rice, cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, parsnip puree with pear, braised carrots and kale salad.

Lets get cooking!

ONLY A FEW MOMENTS SPENT IN THE KITCHEN AND YOU WILL HAVE THIS FANTASTIC DISH IN FRONT OF YOU.
  • serves
    4
    people
  • preparation:
    10
    minutes
  • fridge rest:
    30
    minutes
  • fry:
    16
    minutes
  • bake:
    5
    minutes
  • total time:
    60
    minutes

METHOD

  • Prepare the chicken breasts

    Pat dry the chicken breasts. Using a sharp knife, cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally nearly all the way through. Open each breast wide. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a cutting board, place each opened chicken breast on top of the paper, then cover the breast with another sheet of parchment paper and flatten the chicken breast with a meat mallet or rolling pin to a thickness of 1 cm / 1/2 inch. Remove the paper. Spread dijon mustard over each breast and season with salt and pepper.

  • Roll into a roulade

    Place a slice of ham and two slices of cheese onto each chicken breast. Evenly and tightly roll the chicken. Place on plastic wrap. Wrap the chicken roulade in the plastic wrap tightly and use the excess plastic on the sides to twist. Tie the excess plastic. Repeat with the remaining chicken breast. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill.

  • Coating

    Pour the vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed pot. Make sure it covers about 5 cm / 2 inches of the pot. Place over medium heat and heat to 170°C / 325°F. Prepare three plates. Add flour, pinch of salt and pepper to one plate. Beat the eggs and heavy cream in a second plate and combine breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, paprika, turmeric and chia seeds (optionally) in a third plate. Dredge the chicken first in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and then in the breadcrumbs mixture. Make sure you get each layer of coating evenly. Transfer to a plate.

  • Fry and bake

    Using a skimmer, gently place each chicken cordon bleu into hot oil (170°C / 325°F). Fry for about 7 - 8 minutes on each side or until the exterior is nice, golden brown and crunchy. Check the interior of the chicken breast. If the center of the meat is not 68°C / 160°F place the Chicken Cordon Bleu on a baking sheet and cook until the temperature is reached, for about 5 - 10 minutes at 175°C / 350°F. If the temperature was already reached when frying, then place the chicken cordon bleu on a plate covered with kitchen towels to drain the excess fat.

  • Serve

    Serve Chicken Cordon Bleu as soon as possible with your favorite side dish. We recommend mashed potatoes, parsnip puree with pear, braised carrots or kale salad

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