Savor the Savory Flavors of Switzerland with Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Savor the Savory Flavors of Switzerland with Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe
Region / culture: Switzerland | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour | Servings: 4


Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a classic French dish that combines tender chicken breast with savory ham and gooey cheese. This dish is a favorite among many for its delicious flavors and elegant presentation.


The origins of Chicken Cordon Bleu can be traced back to Switzerland, where it was known as schnitzel cordon bleu. The dish gained popularity in the United States in the 1960s and has since become a staple on many restaurant menus.


How to prepare

  1. Place the ham on top of the chicken breast.
  2. Place the goat cheese in the center and roll the breast around the ham and cheese from tip to tip.
  3. Roll the breast in bread crumbs, then dip in the egg mixture, and coat again with bread crumbs.
  4. Place the coated breast on a cookie sheet and let it rest for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Saute the breast in approximately 0.5 inch of oil (optional: mix a splash of olive oil with the vegetable oil) until it turns golden brown.
  6. Remove the breast from the pan and transfer it to a baking sheet.
  7. Brush the breast with melted butter and sprinkle chopped dill on top.
  8. Bake the breast in a preheated oven at 300°F (149°C) for 1 hour if it is freshly made, or at 350°F (177°C) for 1 hour if it is frozen.


Cordon Blue chicken with spinach Instead of ham, use spinach (frozen is ok).

  • Use Swiss cheese instead of goat cheese for a more traditional flavor.
  • Add a slice of cooked bacon for extra smokiness.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to pound the chicken breast flat to ensure even cooking.

- Use toothpicks to secure the chicken breast roll and prevent the filling from falling out.

- For a healthier version, bake the chicken instead of frying it.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Cordon Bleu with a side of roasted vegetables or a fresh green salad.

Cooking Techniques

Frying: Saute the chicken breast in oil until golden brown.

- Baking: Bake the chicken breast in the oven until cooked through.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use turkey breast instead of chicken for a lighter option.

- Substitute panko breadcrumbs for a crispier coating.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the chicken breast rolls ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the Chicken Cordon Bleu with fresh herbs or a drizzle of sauce for an elegant touch.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken Cordon Bleu with a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir for a delicious meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Chicken Cordon Bleu in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 300 per serving


Carbohydrates: 10g per serving


Total Fat: 15g per serving

Saturated Fat: 5g per serving


Protein: 30g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a good source of vitamin A, calcium, and iron.


Contains dairy (cheese) and gluten (breadcrumbs)


Chicken Cordon Bleu is a protein-rich dish that is moderate in calories and high in fat. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, but may not be suitable for those with dairy or gluten allergies.


Chicken Cordon Bleu is a delicious and elegant dish that is perfect for a special occasion or weeknight dinner. With a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can create a restaurant-quality meal at home. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was filled with excitement. It was during my travels through Europe, when I stumbled upon a quaint little bistro in Paris. The aroma of garlic and butter wafted through the air, drawing me in like a moth to a flame. As I perused the menu, my eyes landed on a dish called Chicken Cordon Bleu. Intrigued by the name, I decided to give it a try.

When the dish arrived at my table, I was taken aback by its presentation. A tender chicken breast, stuffed with ham and gooey cheese, coated in a crispy breadcrumb crust. It was a sight to behold. With my first bite, I was hooked. The flavors melded together in perfect harmony, creating a symphony of taste in my mouth.

I knew then and there that I had to learn how to make this dish myself. So, I struck up a conversation with the chef, an elderly Frenchman with a twinkle in his eye. He graciously agreed to teach me his family recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu.

We spent the next few days working side by side in his tiny kitchen, as he guided me through the process step by step. From pounding the chicken breast to perfection, to carefully layering the ham and cheese inside, to wrapping it all up like a little culinary gift. It was a labor of love, and I soaked up every minute of it.

As the dish baked in the oven, filling the kitchen with its mouthwatering aroma, the chef poured us each a glass of wine. We sat at the table, savoring the moment and each other's company. It was a memory I would cherish forever.

When the timer finally dinged, we eagerly pulled the Chicken Cordon Bleu out of the oven. The golden crust glistened in the light, promising a delicious meal ahead. We sliced into the chicken, revealing the oozing cheese and savory ham within. It was perfection on a plate.

I thanked the chef profusely for his generosity and patience in teaching me his treasured recipe. He simply smiled and patted my hand, a silent understanding passing between us. Sometimes, food speaks louder than words.

From that day on, Chicken Cordon Bleu became a staple in my culinary repertoire. I brought the recipe back home with me, sharing it with my family and friends. Each time I made it, I was transported back to that tiny bistro in Paris, the memories flooding back with every bite.

Over the years, I put my own spin on the recipe, adding a touch of garlic here, a sprinkle of herbs there. I made it my own, while still honoring the tradition and technique that the chef had imparted to me.

Now, as I stand in my kitchen, preparing Chicken Cordon Bleu for my loved ones once again, I can't help but smile. This dish represents more than just a meal. It's a symbol of friendship, of culture, of the shared joy that comes from breaking bread together.

And as I sit down at the table with my family, watching their faces light up as they take their first bites, I know that the legacy of Chicken Cordon Bleu will live on for generations to come. It's not just a recipe. It's a story, woven into the fabric of our lives. And I am grateful to have been a part of it. Bon appétit!


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