I was introduced to this dish when my family was relocated to Shanghai about 12 years ago. I was not used to the local Shanghainese food back then. So I cooked simple & easy meals daily with some 'elaborated' cooking on some weekends. Groceries shopping at supermarket gourmet section saw those ready breaded chicken meat wrapped with ham & cheese. All I need was to pan or deep fried, served with soups & salads and it became my kids' favourite dish.
According to info:
Chicken Cordon Bleu is a French-inspired poultry dish. A delicious French classic, Chicken Cordon Bleu is made by rolling with ham & cheese, then breaded and pan fried, deep fried or baked.
Cordon Bleu' is a French term, literally translated as 'blue ribbon', that originally referred to an award for culinary excellence given to women cooks! The term can now apply to any superior cook (yes, men too), and also to this dish.
When we returned home after 3 years of short stay in Shanghai, I tried to find the ready breaded Chicken Cordon Bleu in the local supermarkets but don't seen available. So I Google for the recipe and I've made quite a few times, with variations of serving different side dishes, with creamy sauce to the entrée.
Here's sharing this baked version of Chicken Cordon Bleu, recipe adapted from skinnytaste with slight modifications made in blue below.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
cooking spray (I used olive oil)
12 thin sliced (36 oz total) skinless boneless chicken breasts, 3 oz each
salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp water
60g seasoned breadcrumbs (I used panko breadcrumbs)
45g grated parmesan cheese
5 oz (6 slices) thinly sliced lean deli ham, sliced in half
6 slices (4.4 oz) Sargento reduced fat Swiss cheese, cut in half
Preheat oven to 230°C. Spray a large non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray.
(I set my oven temperature to 180°C, lightly greased the baking sheet with olive oil)
Wash and dry the chicken cutlets; lightly pound the chicken to make thinner and lightly season with salt and black pepper.
Lay the chicken on a working surface and place a slice of ham on top of the chicken, then the cheese and roll, setting them aside seam side down.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and egg whites along with water to make an egg wash.
In another medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
Dip the chicken into the egg wash, then into the breadcrumbs.
Place chicken onto the baking sheet seem side down. Spray the top of the chicken with more cooking spray (omitted) and bake about 25 minutes, or until until cooked.
|Dinner is ready !|