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Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

 Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu
"Cordon Bleu" is of French origin meaning "blue ribbon"—given as a prize for culinary excellence. The term also refers to a signature dish of chicken topped with a slice of ham and Swiss cheese, usually breaded and sautéed, or in this case, wrapped in puff pastry for a quick and easy finish. —Sharon Laabs, Hartford, Wisconsin
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices fully cooked ham
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown
  • chicken in butter for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove to paper
  • towels to drain.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into a 12-in.
  • square. Cut into four 6-in. squares. Place a chicken breast in the
  • center of each square; top with cheese and ham.
  • Whisk egg and water; lightly brush over pastry edges. Bring two sides
  • of pastry over chicken, overlapping one over the other; press seams
  • to seal. Pinch together ends and fold under.
  • Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; brush tops
  • with egg mixture. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until a
  • thermometer reads 165°. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 587 calories, 32 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 649 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 39 g protein.