Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
with broccoli in French vinaigrette
This French-inspired American classic gets a healthier makeover by baking instead of frying. The result is a crunchy crust around chicken filled with sliced ham. It's a restaurant-worthy dish that was first featured in May 2013.
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
- Almond meal - 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup
- Eggs - 2
- Water - 1 Tbsp
- Thyme, dried - 1/4 tsp
- Foil - for baking
- Ham, deli-sliced - 4 slices
- 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
Broccoli - Chop broccoli into florets. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
Chicken breasts - Butterfly chicken breasts, by slicing chicken breast in half, making sure you don’t 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 breasts and pound with a tenderizer, until breasts are about 1/4” / .63cm thick. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Prep breading stations – Mix together the first portion of almond meal and some salt and pepper in one bowl / dish. Whisk together egg and water in second bowl / dish. Mix together the second portion of almond meal, thyme, a generous pinch of salt and some pepper in a third bowl / dish.
Heat oven to 450F / 232C degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with some cooking oil or brush with some oil.
Top each piece of chicken with a slice of ham and then roll. Set aside. You can secure them with a toothpick if needed. (Watch this video for tips.)
Dip the chicken into the first almond meal mixture, then egg wash, then into the second almond meal mixture.
Place chicken onto the baking sheet seam side down.
Bake until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F (74C), 20 to 25 minutes.
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.
Chop shallots and mix with mustard, vinegar and some salt and pepper. Whisk in oil. Toss broccoli with vinaigrette.
Slice chicken and serve with broccoli on the side. Enjoy!