Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe
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Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

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I used this speedy microwave recipe the first time I made chicken cordon bleu. Although I've since tried other recipes that bake in the oven, this remains the quickest...and the best. The moist chicken and flavorful cheese sauce make this entree perfect for a special occasion. -Shirley Jackson, Elkton, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons white wine

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 470 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 840mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 49g protein.


  1. Flatten the chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. Spread mustard on one side; sprinkle with paprika. Top each with a ham slice. Roll up tightly; secure with toothpicks.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Brush chicken with mayonnaise; roll in crumb mixture.
  3. Place in a shallow 2-qt. microwave-safe dish; cover loosely. Microwave on high for 7 minutes; turn chicken. Cook 5-1/2 minutes more or until meat is no longer pink; keep warm.
  4. In a 1-qt. microwave-safe dish, heat butter on high for 20 seconds; stir in flour until smooth. Cook, uncovered, on high for 20 seconds. Add milk and salt. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until thickened. Stir in cheese until smooth. Add wine. Discard toothpicks from chicken; serve with sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p27

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 234126
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"I use this sauce recipe with the chicken cordon bleu roll recipe. Yum"

mokeefe62 User ID: 5710388 232356
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"The white sauces complimented the dish very nicely"

kluesner5 User ID: 4518466 21390
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"This was a hit at my house. However, I cooked it in the oven not the microwave at 350 until the chicken was done."

raindrop74 User ID: 4912768 34741
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"Very good and after a bit of time pounding the chicken it was very quick to make. I added a few garlic croutons when making the bread crumbs and I think that upped the taste. Not a crispy coating when done in the microwave, but very tasty. My family liked it."

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