E-Z CCB (Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu)

This is so much easier than the traditional method, and gives foolproof results every time!
For each serving, you will need:

  • 1 boneless chicken breast
  • 1-2 slices of ham
  • 1-2 slices of swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ingredients for sauce (below)

Melt butter in bowl large enough to hold panko and set aside. Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally (as you would to butterfly, just cutting all the way through). Place each half on baking sheet or in shallow baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Place ham on top of chicken (1 slice if thicker, 2 if thinner, folding or layering to same size as chicken), then cheese (in the same manner as the ham). Stir panko into melted butter and spoon evenly over top of chicken. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Top with Parmesan-Dijon cream sauce, if desired:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and white pepper to taste

Melt butter in microwave-safe 1 qt bowl  15-30 seconds. Stir in flour until blended and smooth, then milk and pepper. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir. Microwave 1-2 minutes if needed until thickened. Stir in Dijon and cheese before serving, adding salt only if needed.