Sunday, February 17, 2008

Quick and Easy Chicken Cordon Blue

This is a quick and fast dish that you can have done in about an hour. This dish gives a feeling of gourmet dining without too much trouble. It is also easy to make this dish for a large number of people because you can simply add 1 breast for each two people. Make side dishes of red rice and broccoli florets and you have a complete meal. The amount pictured here feeds 4 hungry people with left-overs. River likes to slice the left-over chicken and take sandwiches to work.
  • 2-3 boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 slices of thinly sliced smoked or Virginia ham per chicken breast
  • sharp Swiss cheese
  • tooth picks

  1. Place each chicken breast between plastic wrap and using a meat pounder, pound the chicken until thin, about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Salt and pepper and season the chicken with the garlic and paprika.
  3. Drizzle enough olive oil to give the chicken a nice sheen. Set aside to marinade for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375F.
  5. Take one of the chicken and lay it flat on a plate.

  6. Cover the chicken with either shredded Swiss cheese or cheese that has been thinly sliced with a cheese slicer.
  7. Next, cover the cheese with the ham. It may take 1-2 slices of the ham.
  8. Cover with another thin layer of the cheese.
  9. Careful take one of the edges and start to roll the layers. You can use your fingers or a fork to help the process along.
  10. Once you have a roll, carefully place 1-2 toothpicks through all the layers so that the chicken will stay rolled. It doesn't have to be a tight or perfect roll.
  11. Brush the bottom of the oven proof dish with a little olive oil and place the rolls in it.

  12. Bake for about 20 minutes. The chicken will look opaque and you should see some clear juices flowing.
  13. Remove from the oven and add a layer of cheese to the top.
  14. Return to the oven and set the oven for broil. Don't put the container too close to the heating element because the cheese will splatter some. Broil for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is a golden brown.
  15. Turn the oven off and set the chicken on a platter to rest for about 10 minutes. This will help all the flavors to get mingled together.
  16. Serve with rice and veggies.
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