Can’t decide what’s for dinner?
When it comes to making dinner for my family, I’m up in arms almost every night. It’s almost like I’ve run out of ideas on what to cook. I have some picky eaters so preparing dinner can be stressful at times. There have been many times that I would be making two different meals just appease everyone. Not only did this make it impossible for me to sit down and enjoy my meal but it made more work during clean up. So just the other day when I was thinking about ordering takeout after an exhausting day, I noticed a package of boneless chicken in my refrigerator. -And, I’m one of those types of moms that don’t like to see good food going to waste so I knew it had to cook.
I decided to see what other ingredients did I have on hand for the boneless chicken and lucky me, there was swiss cheese, ham slices from the deli, bacon, and panko breadcrumbs just waving at me. After grabbing what I had, I thought to myself, how about making Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner? When I told the kids that takeout was not on the menu tonight, it was a moment of silence in my kitchen. I’m still giggling til this day from their face expressions. But needless to say, Chicken Cordon Bleu has always been a family favorite so everyone was happy in the end when I told them that I will wrap it in bacon.
I mean it’s bacon-wrapped, so how can you not love this dish? We love bacon in this household so just mentioning it, got everyone excited for a taste.
First, I opened my package of boneless chicken and began to tenderize the meat. Taking my handy tenderizing tool, I gave them a few good pounds.When preparing Chicken Cordon Bleu, it really does make a difference when tenderizing your meat. It also gives the chicken a flatter appearance which in the end, is easier to roll.
Next, I grabbed a large bowl and began to add my ingredients. For this recipe, you will need one egg, buttermilk, and panko crumbs to bread your chicken.
Begin by adding one egg to your bowl then stir in a half of cup of buttermilk. Blend and mix well together.
In an another large bowl add one cup of panko breadcrumbs.
Take one piece of your chicken breast and dip it into your egg-buttermilk mixture. Take that piece of chicken and place it inside your bowl of breadcrumbs.
The key tip to breading is too make sure that your chicken is fully covered.
Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Place your breaded chicken on your cutting board or flat surface. Take two pieces of slices ham on each breaded chicken breast then add two slices of swiss cheese on top of the ham. Because of the large size of the chicken breast, I used 2 slices of each although if your chicken is on the small size then one slice of each would be ideal. -And of course, you could always use shredded swiss cheese instead of slices.
Being that my chicken breast is of large size, I started from one side then worked towards the middle. Continuing to roll until your sliced ham and swiss cheese is covered. It’s perfectly fine to see your cheese and ham peeking out.
For my Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu, I used two slices of thick maplewood bacon. Yum! Starting from one end, I began to wrap the bacon both slices around the breaded chicken breast. Also, if you feel that your chicken needs some assurance in staying together you can always use a few toothpicks to keep these guys staying together.
Once you have that completed then it’s time to place each Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu in your oven . I found using non-stick bakeware was perfect for this dish. Although you could also use glass bakeware that is oven safe.
Bake for 40 minutes.
My Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu is not only quick to prepare but baking it was just as easy. It truly makes a wonderful meal that the whole family can enjoy together. My family absolutely loves it. The chicken is so tender and flavorful from the maplewood bacon, swiss cheese, and sliced ham.
Do you know what my favorite is? It’s the crust. Using panko breadcrumbs gives this dish just the right amount of crisp.
What’s great about Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu is the flavor blends in so well with side salads and pan- fried potatoes. You truly can not go wrong with this meal.
So tell me, have you ever tried Chicken Cordon Bleu Wrapped in Bacon?