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Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

August 3, 2023 (Last Updated: August 10, 2023) by Chris Collins

Here I’ll show the easiest and most delicious way to make the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu, plus the most irresistible sauce to go alongside!

Chicken cordon bleu is an absolute classic and I couldn’t be more excited to share my take with you! This version is super easy because it’s completely baked – no frying necessary (and it’s still just as crispy – promise!). Sound good? Follow me…

2 chicken cordon bleu halves stacked on each other with small jug pouring sauce over them

Preparing Chicken Cordon Bleu

This version is not only easy because there’s no frying, but the preparation is easy too. Many cordon bleu recipes slice open the chicken, pound it until thin, roll it up with the filling and then chill or freeze it before coating and cooking. However here we’re just going to slice the chicken open and stuff it. No pounding, rolling or chilling needed.

How do you cut chicken for cordon bleu?

Just rest your hand on top and slice a pocket into the side of the chicken breast, going as wide and deep as you can without slicing through.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Filling

The filling is simply just ham and cheese. You’ll want thin slices of ham, mainly so it doesn’t unravel when you roll it up. For the cheese it’s gotta be Swiss! It melts really nicely but still stays fairly compact so it doesn’t all completely leak out.

I usually add 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of ham per breast, but just add as much as will fit.

Process shots: layer cheese on top of ham (photos 1&2), tightly roll (photo 3), slice pocket in the side of chicken (photo 4), stuff (photo 5), fasten with toothpicks (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to stuff a chicken cordon bleu

Panko Breadcrumbs

Panko breadcrumbs are a staple in my kitchen. They’re big and airy, meaning they turn things super crispy. You’ll find Panko breadcrumbs in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

Toasting the Breadcrumbs

I know I mentioned a super easy method, but there’s just one thing I ask. To get the chicken extra crispy, you’ll need to toast the breadcrumbs before you coat the chicken in them. Think of this step as giving the breadcrumbs a head start. That way they’ll crisp up at the perfect rate that the chicken cooks.

To toast the breadcrumbs I simply spread them out on a baking tray, spray them with oil and bake until lightly golden.

Process shots: add breadcrumbs to tray (photo 1), spray then bake (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to toast panko breadcrumbs

Breading for Chicken Cordon Bleu

For the breading, we’re going to coat the chicken in the classic flour, egg and breadcrumb combo. I also like to add a simple mix of seasoning to both the flour and breadcrumbs, just to keep the chicken nice and flavoursome!

Wire Rack

I recommend baking the chicken on a wire rack above a foil-lined tray for two reasons:

  • Less mess – the chicken will likely leak a little bit of cheese. This will go straight onto the foil, meaning no scrubbing crispy cheese off of the tray!
  • Air circulation – baking the chicken on a wire rack allows the hot air to circulate around the chicken easier, meaning it will crisp up and cook more evenly.

Just remember to spray the rack with oil so the chicken doesn’t stick to it.

Process shots: coat chicken in flour (photo 1), then egg (photo 2), then breadcrumbs (photo 3), add to rack and spray with oil (photo 4), bake (photo 5).

4 step by step photos showing how to prepare chicken cordon bleu

Sauce for Chicken Cordon Bleu

The chicken will be delicious by itself, but of course, we’re going to douse it in an irresistible sauce! Plus, it’d be rude not to, seeing as this can be whipped up as the chicken bakes.

Mustard Cream Sauce

A creamy mustard sauce not only pairs beautifully with the chicken but also with the ham and cheese. It’s really simple and comes together in 5 or so mins. Just simply simmer and stir until it begins to thicken (it also thickens more when removed from the heat).

Process shots: add butter to pot (photo 1), melt (photo 2), add chicken stock, cream, parmesan, Dijon mustard and seasoning (photo 3), simmer and stir until thick (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make sauce for chicken cordon bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu FAQ

What if I cut through the chicken?

I wouldn’t panic too much. The cheese is wrapped in ham, plus you get another layer of protection from the breading, so the cheese shouldn’t leak out too much.

Can I use a different cheese?

Swiss is a must! As discussed above, it’s got the perfect melting texture.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked?

The breading will be deep golden and the cheese will begin leaking out. The chicken should be piping hot and white all the way through.

two baked chicken cordon bleu halves stacked on each other on small white plate with chips and salad

Serving Chicken Cordon Bleu

When you serve the chicken, just carefully remove the toothpicks. I recommend twisting them out; if you yank them straight out you can sometimes take a chunk of meat out and half the breading!

What to serve with chicken cordon bleu?

Here I’ve served with chips and a side salad, but you could serve with Roast Potatoes or Mashed Potato and Greens Beans!

For more crispy baked chicken recipes check out my Baked Pesto Chicken and Baked Chicken Parmesan!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this baked chicken cordon bleu shall we?!

jug pouring sauce over chicken cordon bleu on small white plate with chips and salad

How to make Chicken Cordon Bleu (Full Recipe & Video)

2 chicken cordon bleu halves stacked on each other with small jug pouring sauce over them

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Here I'll show the easiest and most delicious way to make the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu, plus the most irresistible sauce to go alongside!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: French / swiss
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories per serving: 857kcal
Cost per serving: £4 / $5

Equipment:

  • Large Baking Tray, Wire Rack & Foil (for baking)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • 3 Large Shallow Dishes (for dredging chicken)
  • Small Bowl (for seasoning)
  • Medium Sized Pot & Wooden Spoon (for sauce)
  • Toothpicks/Cocktail Sticks

Ingredients (check list):

Chicken

  • 90g / 1 1/2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs (see notes)
  • 8 thin slices of Ham
  • 8 slices of Swiss Cheese
  • 4x 250g/9oz Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp EACH: Salt, Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 50g / 1/3 cup Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Oil Spray, as needed

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Butter (preferably unsalted)
  • 120ml / 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 180ml / 3/4 cup Double/Heavy Cream, at room temp
  • 1 heaped tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 30g / 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 pinches of White Pepper, (sub black pepper)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  • Pour the breadcrumbs onto a large baking tray and give it a shake so they're evenly distributed. Coat with oil spray then place in the oven at 180C/350F for around 5mins, or until light golden (be vigilant as they turn perfect to burnt quite quickly!). Pour them into a bowl to cool and increase oven temp to 200C/400F.
  • Carefully slice a pocket into the side of each chicken breast, going as wide and deep as you can without cutting through the other side. Place two slices of cheese on top of two slices of ham and tightly roll. Wedge into the pocket and close it over so the filling is covered. Use toothpicks to seal the seam shut.
  • In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  • Line up 3 bowls: the first with flour and half of the season, the second with beaten egg and the last with the toasted breadcrumbs and the rest of the seasoning. One by one dredge the chicken through flour, then into the egg, then finish with breadcrumbs, fully coating the chicken at each stage.
  • Line a baking tray with foil then place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with oil, then place the chicken on top. Spray the chicken with oil then place in the oven for 25-30mins, or until deep golden & crispy, with the cheese starting to leak out. The chicken should be piping hot and white right through the centre.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium-sized pot over medium heat melt the butter. Stir in the stock, cream, parmesan, mustard and white pepper until blended, then bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 5-6mins, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens (it will thicken more as it cools). Adjust with salt if needed then remove from heat.
  • Carefully twist the toothpicks out of the chicken, then serve up with the sauce and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Panko Breadcrumbs - These are Japanese breadcrumbs and can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets. Pre-toasting them is essential for crispiness. If you coat the chicken right away in the untoasted Panko it won't be as crispy.
b) Stuffing the chicken - Depending on how much room you've got inside the chicken breast, you might not be able to fit 2 slices of ham and cheese, so just roll up and slot in whatever fits. If you do accidentally tear the chicken, don't panic too much. The coating will provide an extra layer of protection and because the cheese is wrapped in the ham, it tends not to completely leak out (some leakage is fine and expected).
c) Cheese - Swiss is a must! It melts really nicely, but not to the point it turns thin and completely leaks out of the chicken.
d) Mustard -  I find 1 heaped tbsp adds a punch, but not so much it's overbearing. It also mellows out as it simmers. You can alter this to your taste though.
e) Serving - Here I've served with chips and a side salad, but you could serve with Roast Potatoes or Mashed Potato and Greens Beans!
f) Calories - Whole recipe divided by 4 with no sides (slight over-estimate as not all the flour, egg and Panko is picked up by the chicken).

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 857 Calories from Fat 385
% Daily Value*
Fat 42.78g66%
Saturated Fat 23.288g116%
Trans Fat 0.321g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.331g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.638g
Cholesterol 356mg119%
Sodium 1645mg69%
Potassium 1064mg30%
Carbohydrates 26.67g9%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugar 3.47g4%
Protein 88.2g176%
Vitamin A 1724IU34%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 588mg59%
Iron 4.73mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jerry
    April 13, 2024 at 11:11 am

    5 stars
    Amazing 5 stars! Thanks Chris.

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      Chris Collins
      April 13, 2024 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much for the review, Jerry! 🙂 C.

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    Jan E
    August 16, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Looks delicious!
    Could the chicken be frozen before cooking to cook another day or would it not be crispy on the outside? Thank you

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      Chris Collins
      August 17, 2023 at 10:38 am

      I haven’t tried myself. I think it would lose a little crispiness but still turn out fine if you thawed before baking. Do let me know how it turn out if you go for it! C.

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