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Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

"Cordon Bleu" is a French phrase 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 sauteed, or in this case, wrapped in puff pastry for a quick and easy finish. —Sharon Laabs, Hartford, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 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 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Preheat oven to 400°. 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 2 sides of pastry over chicken, overlapping 1 over the other; press seams to seal. Pinch together ends and fold under.
  • Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; brush tops with egg mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 587 calories, 32g fat (13g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 649mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 39g protein.

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  • Sue
    Feb 24, 2021

    Absolutely delicious. I've made this several times now and we all love it. The only changes I made were to add my favorite spices to the oil in the skillet when browning the chicken (garlic, herbs de province, paprika) and I made a simple white sauce, adding a splash of lemon juice and dijon mustard. Before folding up the pastry over the chicken, ham and cheese, I topped with a tablespoon or 2 of the white sauce. Just gave it an extra bit of moisture and taste.

  • Tina
    Apr 4, 2019

    This was delicious as written. However, I cannot wait to be creative and try it with different variations... add some spinach leaves and flavored cream cheese.

  • pamsterhamster
    Sep 8, 2014

    This was so good. Takes a little time to prepare but, well worth it.

  • Slingal
    Jul 5, 2013

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  • garaldineloismiddleton
    Apr 25, 2013

    To VirginiaCA, the 2nd rule is to check your spelling before you pick on someone else

  • VirginaCA
    Apr 25, 2013

    There are 2 sheets of puff pastry in a box. The recipe states to roll EACH sheet into a 12" square and cut into four 6" squares. According to my kitchen math, this will give you 8 rectangles for the 8 chicken breasts. The first rule of thumb is cooking is to read the recipe CAREFULLY and then you'll get your answer almost all the time. Of course, they're are exceptions with badly written recipes.

  • tallteach
    Apr 25, 2013

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    Apr 25, 2013

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  • Berktwins
    Apr 2, 2013

    I have a picky man and 5 year old twins, and this was a HUGE hit with everyone!! I would recommend not allowing the pastry out for the 40 minutes suggested on the box. It was much easier to separate and work with while it was still cold, but not frozen. I added pepperjack cheese to one, which was just as great. I partially cooked my chicken on the grill before wrapping in the pastry. I will definitely make this again!! =)

  • DianeLHicks
    Apr 1, 2013

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