My dad’s work schedule is pretty crazy as an ER physician, so he wasn’t with us for family dinner every night growing up.
When he did get to join us, my mom made a special effort to make dishes that he loved, and one of those was Chicken Cordon Bleu.
Most of the time we bought the pre-made chicken from the store, and I always heard how difficult and time consuming it was to make this meal, so I shied away from attempting to make it on my own.
Last month, however, I mustered up my courage, wrote my own recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu, and discovered an easy way to prepare the dish with simple ingredients and minimal equipment.
Today's recipe is made entirely on a sheet pan!
“Chicken Cordon Bleu” (yes, that’s how you spell bleu!) is French for “blue ribbon,” referencing the blue ribbon worn by members of the highest members of knighthood in 16th century France. The term was then applied to dishes and recipes prepared to the highest standards by the greatest chefs.
The earliest known recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu appeared in a Swiss cookbook in 1949 as deep-fried chicken, pork, or veal stuffed with ham and cheese.
This recipe rivals the original with easy preparation, minimal clean-up and healthier ingredients without sacrificing any flavor!
While the dish sounds expensive and time consuming, the shopping list of ingredients is both family-friendly and budget-friendly:
Here comes the fun part: assembly! Don’t be intimidated by this dish.
You’ll only need two shallow bowls, a cutting board, a sharpened chef’s knife, some tongs, a few toothpicks, a spoon, a food processor or blender, and your sheet pan.
No meat mallet, no fryer, and no store-bought breadcrumbs either.
Keep reading for the basic step-by-step process:
This recipe is incredibly delicious and easy to make as is, but if you’re interested in some substitutions, here are a few I think would work:
Better-Than-Takeout Healthy Orange Chicken
Easy Healthy Baked Potato Soup
Irresistible 30-Minute Egg Roll in a Bowl
Healthy Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole
Spicy Roasted BBQ Chickpea Salad
However you choose to prepare this dish, it will be a hit with the entire family!
Not only is it easy to make (even on busy weeknights!) but the flavors are incredible and my version has about half the calories of the traditional recipe.
I'd love to hear if you try this healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @kapaicooking so I can see the finished product, then leave a star rating and review below so other readers know how you liked it.
This healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu is made entirely on a sheet pan with chicken stuffed with deli-sliced ham and Swiss cheese, homemade breadcrumbs, and roasted broccoli and cauliflower. This 30-minute dinner is so easy to make too!
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one chicken breast and 1/4 of the vegetables.
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