Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Cordon Bleu is a dish named after the symbol of French nobility. Luckily, we don’t need knighthood to materialize all of our desires onto our dining table.

Blessed we are to be able to live at the time of age when all the questions that pops into our mind can be answered by tapping on a piece of glass.

The human mind, the so called neo cortex was born to solve problems by applying tools that can be found in the environment. This ability of ours provided an evolutionary edge that helped us survive in the wilderness without any particular physical advantage over the rest of the spices.

Who would have thought that eating an apple would cause such trouble? Many though still choose the blissful ignorance, probably that’s why we have cat videos plastered all over the social media these days.

Using a magical device with limitless knowledge for satisfying our own petty desires is nothing new, though. The difference is that while in the past a few privileged generally fictional characters possessed such gadgets, nowadays we all have a magical mirror to tell us who is the fairest of us all.

It’s quite fascinating to look back on how we projected our desires onto the primitive tools we had available at the time and how things later materialize satisfying the same desires.

Just think about how horseless carriages evolved to be cars that can drive themselves on the roads today. Not even a pumpkin carriage would be a match for a Tesla.

But we don’t have to go so far imagine future and failing at it. The dawn of the internet revolution movies such as the Demolition man imagined that we’ll have phone boot like public MSN chat terminals across the cities where we could retrieve information or keep in touch with each other.

We all knew that would never happen when we buried our last Blackberries and slipped a magical mirror into our pockets.

The world has changed forever. Dust gathering encyclopedias was thrown into the bins and family gatherings got a bit more relaxed since we could prove instantly somebody is wrong just by searching Google or Wikipedia or asking Siri about it.

Maybe our relationships have suffered due to us being right provably all the time, but our recipes probably improved or at least opened up a new window into unknown territories.

Suddenly, we could check what fancy sounding foreign words mean and stop thinking that Cordon Bleu is made with blue cheese. Unfortunately, information doesn’t always people actions as for example why Cordon Bleu is – Blue ribbon is called such without having anything blue or ribbon about it.

A couple of centuries ago the blue ribbon was worn by members of the highest order of knighthood in France. This symbol was carried over into the culinary world representing food, prepared by the highest standard and appeared on the aprons of chefs too.

None of this explains why Swiss ham and cheese rolled meat gets this name, though. Worst of all, there isn’t even a set standard to prepare the dish.

Cordon Bleu can be made of pork, beef, mutton or chicken. In parts of Spain not surprisingly Jamon Serrano is used instead of the cheap ham or bacon that is mostly used for wrapping. The only requirement for the cheese is to be soft so it can melt while frying.

The most common form we find, Cordon Blue is with a breadcrumb coating that is quite useful to keep the cheese inside but not even that is necessary. Especially, in case we are on a low carb diet, like keto where breadcrumbs are out of question.

We can cover the rolls in alternative almond flour coating, but we can simply leave that step out and opt for the oven to cook our meal. Deep frying cheese without protective cover isn’t an idea that is worth exploring, especially not with rolled up pork pieces that needs longer cooking time.

However, our magic mirrors are getting better and better at providing us the information what we want to know, even before we want to know it, we still have the difficult task of making the decisions over it. Luckily though, for a little while more we can still blame Google for wrong directions and take the praise for a dinner well prepared.Cordon-bleu-recipe-3-SunCakeMom

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 7 oz / 200g Ham
  • 7 oz / 200g Cheese of choice (sliced)
  • For breadcrumbing:
    • 3 Eggs
    • 1 cup / 120g Flour
    • 3 cup /300g Breadcrumbs

How to make Chicken cordon bleu:

Without breadcrumb:

  1. Slice up the chicken breast. We can cut one breast horizontally into 4 reasonably slim slices.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  2. We can beat them a bit slimmer with a meat mallet. Chicken breasts are tender on their own and will tear pretty quickly if beaten too hard so be gentle.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-2-SunCakeMom
  3. Lay the ham on top of the sliced chicken breasts then place on the sliced cheese, as well. We use cured Jamon Serrano but bacon or sliced ham can also be used.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  4. Roll up the meat. This requires a bit of fiddling as the meat is slippery but it can be done pretty quickly.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  5. Place the rolled up chicken breasts onto a tray.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-5-SunCakeMom
  6. Optionally sprinkle cheese, parsley or any spices of choice on top. Don’t forget the salt and pepper though.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  7. Place them into a 350°F / 180°C preheated oven for about 30 minutes.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-17-SunCakeMom

With breadcrumb:

  1. Slice up the chicken breast. We can cut one breast horizontally into 4 reasonably slim slices.
  2. We can beat them a bit slimmer with a meat mallet. Chicken breasts are tender on their own and will tear pretty quickly if beaten too hard, so be gentle.
  3. Lay the ham on top of the sliced chicken breast then place on the sliced cheese, as well. We used cured Jamon Serrano but bacon or sliced ham can also be used.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-7-SunCakeMom
  4. Roll up the meat and secure them with pins or toothpicks. This requires some fiddling, especially if we managed to cut the meat to smaller than easily manageable pieces. Mind to stick the needles along the side the breasts will be rolled.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-9-SunCakeMom
  5. Beat eggs in a medium bowl, spread flour and breadcrumbs onto a big flat plate.
  6. Roll the rolled up chicken breasts in the flour.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-13-SunCakeMom
  7. Transfer the floured meat into the beaten eggs. Make sure all sides are covered with the eggs.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-14-SunCakeMom
  8. Take it over to the breadcrumbs plate and roll it around. Dip both ends into the breadcrumbs too.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-15-SunCakeMom
  9. Bring the breadcrumbed chicken breast back into the beaten eggs bowl and cover it again with eggs.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-11-SunCakeMom
  10. Roll it again in breadcrumbs and make sure the ends are done too. No meat or especially cheese should be visible at this point otherwise the cheese will leak out. If necessary do the eggs-breadcrumbs step another time.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-12-SunCakeMom
  11. Heat oil to medium to high and fry the breadcrumbed Cordon Bleu in it until golden brown, for about 6-8 minutes. We need a somewhat higher temperature to create a solid crust quickly around the cheese before it melts.Cordon-bleu-recipe-Process-18-SunCakeMom
  12. Take them out and let the oil drip off. Before serving it, don’t forget to take out the meat pins or toothpicks.

 

Enjoy!

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Cordon Bleu Recipe

Cordon Bleu is a dish named after the symbol of French nobility. Luckily, we don't need knighthood to materialize all of our desires onto our dining table.
Course Low Carb Meal, Main Course
Cuisine Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 7 oz / 200g Ham
  • 7 oz / 200g Cheese of choice sliced
For breadcrumbing:
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup / 120g Flour
  • 3 cup /300g Breadcrumbs

Instructions

Without breadcrumb:

  • Slice up the chicken breast. We can cut one breast horizontally into 4 reasonably slim slices.
  • We can beat them a bit slimmer with a meat mallet. Chicken breasts are tender on their own and will tear pretty quickly if beaten too hard so be gentle.
  • Lay the ham on top of the sliced chicken breasts then place on the sliced cheese, as well. We use cured Jamon Serrano but bacon or sliced ham can also be used.
  • Roll up the meat. This requires a bit of fiddling as the meat is slippery but it can be done pretty quickly.
  • Place the rolled up chicken breasts onto a tray.
  • Optionally sprinkle cheese, parsley or any spices of choice on top. Don't forget the salt and pepper though.
  • Place them into a 350°F / 180°C preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

With breadcrumb:

  • Slice up the chicken breast. We can cut one breast horizontally into 4 reasonably slim slices.
  • We can beat them a bit slimmer with a meat mallet. Chicken breasts are tender on their own and will tear pretty quickly if beaten too hard, so be gentle.
  • Lay the ham on top of the sliced chicken breast then place on the sliced cheese, as well. We used cured Jamon Serrano but bacon or sliced ham can also be used.
  • Roll up the meat and secure them with pins or toothpicks. This requires some fiddling, especially if we managed to cut the meat to smaller than easily manageable pieces. Mind to stick the needles along the side the breasts will be rolled.
  • Beat eggs in a medium bowl, spread flour and breadcrumbs onto a big flat plate.
  • Roll the rolled up chicken breasts in the flour.
  • Transfer the floured meat into the beaten eggs. Make sure all sides are covered with the eggs.
  • Take it over to the breadcrumbs plate and roll it around. Dip both ends into the breadcrumbs too.
  • Bring the breadcrumbed chicken breast back into the beaten eggs bowl and cover it again with eggs.
  • Roll it again in breadcrumbs and make sure the ends are done too. No meat or especially cheese should be visible at this point otherwise the cheese will leak out. If necessary do the eggs-breadcrumbs step another time.
  • Heat oil to medium to high and fry the breadcrumbed Cordon Bleu in it until golden brown, for about 6-8 minutes. We need a somewhat higher temperature to create a solid crust quickly around the cheese before it melts.
  • Take them out and let the oil drip off. Before serving it, don't forget to take out the meat pins or toothpicks.

Notes

Enjoy!

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