A french classic, chicken cordon bleu usually involves chicken, ham, cheese and frying all of the above. Sounds terrific right? The problem is it is also often loaded with calories. Like with many of my recipes, this need not be the case, however. A few adjustments and targeted baking (yes, I made that term up) and you can bake this yourself in just under 40 minutes. Serve your chicken cordon bleu with a baked potato or a crisp salad for a hot, tasty meal. Make a bunch at once; these heat up very well for about a week after initial cooking.
1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces
3 oz smoked ham, divided into four slices
3 oz low-fat Swiss cheese, divided into four slices
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound as thin as possible; then remove the wrap. Place one slice of ham and cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
Starting from shorter end of chicken, roll up breast into a tight log. Tuck in ends. Secure with toothpicks.
Place flour, honey mustard and bread crumbs in three bowls. Dip chicken in the flour; turn to coat. Transfer chicken to honey mustard; turn to coat. Place chicken in bread crumbs; turn to coat.
Transfer your chicken cordon bleu to the prepared baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 25-30 minutes. Remove toothpicks and serve.