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Chicken Cordon Bleu With Honey Mustard Recipe

It's French in name, but this dish feels very American, right down to its molten cheese core.

It's French in name, but chicken cordon bleu feels American, right down to its molten cheese core. Normally, this chicken cordon bleu recipe is stuffed, breaded, then deep-fried into submission, but our testing found that a high-heat oven provides all the crunch we want without all the calories we don't. If honey mustard feels a bit like gilding the lily, it is, but at 350 calories for the whole dish, why not? Plus, we've made this recipe gluten-free by simply swapping out regular breadcrumbs for gluten-free panko breadcrumbs.

Nutrition: 350 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated), 710 mg sodium

Serves 4

You'll Need

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz each), pounded to uniform 1⁄4" thickness
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 thin slices deli ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
2 Tbsp flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (if you can't find a gluten-free option, crushed Rice Chex Mix is a great stand-in.)
Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1⁄2 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay two slices of ham and one slice of cheese across each breast, then roll widthwise until you have a tight, jellyroll-like package.
  4. Place the flour, egg, and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls.
  5. Working with one rolled-up breast at a time, dip first in the flour to lightly coat, then in the egg, then immediately in the bread crumbs.
  6. Use your fingers to make sure the chicken is evenly coated with crumbs.
  7. Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the chicken is firm to the touch and cooked through and the bread crumbs are brown and crunchy.
  8. While the chicken bakes, stir together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, and mayo to make a smooth, uniform sauce.
  9. Serve the chicken with the honey mustard drizzled over the top.

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For moist, crunchy chicken, you need full breadcrumb coverage. This method works for nearly all pan and oven-fried recipes.

  • Step One: Cover and pound chicken until 1/4 inch thick.
  • Step Two: Coat in flour, then dip in beaten egg.
  • Step Three: Fully cover chicken with bread crumbs of your choice.

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