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Sage Chicken Cordon Bleu

 Sage Chicken Cordon Bleu
It's nice to surprise the family with special meals like this during the week. I usually double the recipe so we can enjoy leftovers the next day. —Martha Stine, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 6 slices thinly sliced deli ham
  • 6 strips part-skim mozzarella cheese (3 inches x 1-1/2 inches x 1/2 inch)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided

Directions

  • Flatten chicken to 1/8-in. thickness. Place a ham slice, a mozzarella
  • cheese strip, 1 tablespoon tomato and 1/8 teaspoon sage down the
  • center of each chicken breast. Roll up and tuck in ends; secure with
  • toothpicks.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and
  • parsley. Place 3 tablespoons butter in another shallow bowl. Dip
  • chicken in butter, then roll in crumb mixture. Place in a greased
  • 9-in. square baking dish. Drizzle with remaining butter.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until a thermometer
  • reads 170°. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 6 servings.