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Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
with broccoli in French vinaigrette

Active: 25 minTotal: 45 min

This French-inspired American classic gets a healthier makeover by baking instead of frying. The result is a crunchy crust around chicken filled with melty cheese. It's a restaurant-worthy dish that was first featured in May 2013.



Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Flour - 1/2 cup
  • Eggs - 2
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Thyme, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 1/4 cup, grated
  • Foil - for baking
  • Ham, deli-sliced - 4 slices
  • Cheese, shredded white cheddar - 4 oz (sub Swiss)
Broccoli in French Vinaigrette:
  • Broccoli - 1 head, chopped
  • Shallots - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar, red wine or sherry - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp

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  1. Broccoli - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Chop broccoli into florets. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing chicken breast in half, making sure not to slice all the way through (so that the two halves are still connected). Open up chicken breasts, like opening a book. Place parchment paper over chicken and pound with a tenderizer until breasts are about 1/4” / .6 cm thick. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Prep breading stations – Mix together flour and some salt and pepper in one bowl / dish. Whisk together eggs and water in second bowl / dish. Mix together bread crumbs, thyme, a generous pinch of salt, some pepper and parmesan in a third bowl / dish.


  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with some cooking oil or brush with some oil.
  2. Top each piece of chicken with a slice of ham and cheese and then roll. Set aside. You can secure them with a toothpick if needed. (Watch this video for tips.)
  3. Dip the chicken into the flour mixture, then egg wash, then into the breadcrumbs.
  4. Place chicken onto the baking sheet seam side down.
  5. Bake until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F / 74C, 20 to 25 minutes. (Cheese will start oozing out.)
  6. 10 minutes before chicken is done, place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave until tender, 2 to 4 minutes.
  7. Chop shallots and mix with mustard, vinegar, and some salt and pepper. Whisk in oil. Toss broccoli with vinaigrette.
  8. Slice chicken and serve with broccoli on the side. Enjoy!

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This meal has 38 reviews

Very good. Not sure I will make it again as it was heavy. I just made steamed broccoli on the side as I didn't feel like making the dressing.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Dec 03, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Even the kids enjoyed it.

By: Teresa
Posted: Nov 21, 2019
Diet: Original

Big hit even with the kids. And not as hard as it looks to make. The broccoli was tasty with the vinaigrette. It’s a keeper!

By: Christy
Posted: Nov 14, 2019
Diet: Original

Nothing wrong with this recipe, but I guess chicken cordon bleu just tastes like a slightly dressed up ham and cheese sandwich to me, so I wasn’t that impressed. It could probably have used a sauce too. The broccoli dressing was fun though - we vastly prefer roasting our broccoli, so threw it in the oven 5 minutes after the chicken with a spray of oil, tossing it in the dressing when it was done. Everything finished at the same time so I highly recommend that as an easy alternative!

By: Summer
Posted: Nov 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Tasty and easy for a weeknight. We skipped the broccoli because of time, served the hummus on flatbread, and topped with pepper. So tasty!

By: Angela
Posted: Oct 28, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

The broccoli was ridiculously easy to make! Definitely will be doing that again. A head of broccoli was enough for me for the week, even though I thought it wouldn't be. The cordon bleu was okay. I think I would tenderize the chicken even further, and maybe use swiss instead of havarti.

By: Esther
Posted: Oct 18, 2019
Diet: Original