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Christmas Chicken Cordon Bleu

Christmas Eve wouldn't be complete without my dad's chicken cordon bleu! My husband tries all year to talk Dad into also making this scrumptious main dish for other occasions. It's a definite family favorite.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 3 thin slices fully cooked ham, halved
  • 3 slices Swiss cheese, halved
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Flatten chicken breast to 1/4-in. thickness; layer each with one piece of ham and one piece of cheese. Roll up each jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; secure with toothpicks.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and paprika. In another bowl, beat egg and milk. Place bread crumbs in a third bowl. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip in egg mixture, then roll in bread crumbs.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in butter. Add broth and parsley. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 40-50 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°.
  • Remove toothpicks. Place rice on a serving platter; top with chicken and keep warm. Combine soup and sour cream; heat through but do not boil. Serve with chicken and rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 316 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 1005mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • jenmaro
    Nov 9, 2010

    This recipe is very good. I made it with turkey ham as I don't eat pork. I also used stock vs. broth, which I think gave the sauce a better flavor. I liked the recipe overall, but think it would be easier baked, instead of cooking for 60 minutes, stirring every so often. What temperature you bake it at who reviewed it below?

  • vivian922
    Oct 25, 2010

    Great recipe! so delicious

  • seral
    Oct 14, 2010

    Wonderful and very easy, too. I baked covered for the same amount of time and froze them for convenient meal at a later time.

  • Twinflower
    Jun 26, 2010

    My husband and guests thought it was delicious. I would only make 1/2 the gravy next time.

  • mommasunshine
    Feb 14, 2010

    We LOVED it! I added chicken broth to the sauce to thin it out a little and make more. We love gravy and this was a nice extra to the chicken and delicious.

  • Jenny A.
    Dec 27, 2009

    We made this for a Christmas meal, and it was delicious! Mine came out just as beautiful as the picture. It's worthy of a special occasion.

  • glendangel
    Dec 26, 2009

    I took a chance on this recipe without trying it first. I made it for Christmas dinner! Rave reviews all around the table. Wonderful recipe.

  • sharon ulam
    Dec 22, 2009

    It is an awsome show stopper!! It is not hard to make and freezes after cooked in pan for later without problems.

  • kebalau64
    Dec 21, 2009

    My sister and I made this for our family Christmas party. I cooked my chicken in an electric skillet and she baked hers in the oven. Both turned out great. I substituted smoked paprika for the regular paprika and I used fresh ground pepper too.

  • beebear
    Dec 21, 2009

    Would make it again, but since my husband and I are Lactose Intolerant, I changed the sauce topping to Hollandaise, adding the juice of 1/3 of a lemon. I am not fond of canned creamed soups which I find way to salty, and this sauce combined with sour cream was a bit much.