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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/8-in. thickness; sprinkle with sage. Place ham, mozzarella cheese and tomato down the center of each; roll up chicken from a long side, tucking in ends. Secure with toothpicks.
  • In a shallow bowl, toss bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese and parsley. In a shallow microwave-safe dish, microwave 3 tablespoons butter until melted. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in crumb mixture. Place in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish, seam side down. Melt remaining butter; drizzle over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 40-45 minutes. Discard toothpicks before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 328 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • homemadewithlove
    May 17, 2017

    I also used Panko and omitted the tomato. Very tasty weeknight meal.

  • JMartinelli13
    Apr 4, 2017

    Used panko and dried parsley, omitted the tomato. I didn't pound out the chicken. Using a knife, I cut a nice deep pocket in one side of the chicken, then rubbed the inside with the sage. I layered the ham and cheese inside, then proceeded with the dipping and breading. I did not use toothpicks. Some cheese oozed out, but that was just fine with me! My husband and I enjoyed it very much, and I'll definitely be making it again.

  • tinarm
    Sep 5, 2016

    Delicious recipe! The tomato is a nice juicy addition. Made as directed, except sprinkled about 1 teaspoon of additional Parmesan each piece of mozzarella. This volunteer field editor will definitely make again!

  • ms11145
    Sep 2, 2016

    Ooo La la! What a great recipe. I loved the taste of the tomato in this. The only change I made is that I used Italian flavored crumbs. Reviewed by a Volunteer Field Editor

  • bonito15
    Aug 31, 2016

    Loved the flavor of this and so easy to make but pounding the chicken that thin was not easy - when I make it again I will butterfly the chicken - otherwise loved this

  • nightskystar
    Aug 30, 2016

    wow was this ever good!!! The sage gave it a great, interesting flavor that I just loved!! Chicken stayed moist and the outside coating was crisp. Excellent recipe!!

  • shannondobos
    Aug 30, 2016

    My entire family really enjoyed these. Both my 4 and 2 year old cleaned their plates. The only change I made was with the butter. I had quite a bit of leftover garlic butter from earlier in the week and used that. I'll definitely use garlic seasoned butter again, as it was a great addition.

  • shawnba
    Aug 29, 2016

    Wha an interesting version of chicken cordon bleu!! I followed the recipe almost exactly, my chicken breasts were large, so I butterflied them before pounding. They stayed together pretty well, but most of the cheese melted and ran out. We just put it on top!! I would probably spice it up a little more , but definitely liked the addition of sage

  • Armstras07
    Aug 28, 2016

    I made this tonight the flavor just wasnt there for me. The mozzarella made it a little sweet, unlike the traditional swiss that is usually in it. Didn't seem to be enough cheese in it, mine pretty much went MIA. Defiantly room for altering and making it your own. Tomato addition was different sparked an idea.

  • bicktasw
    Aug 28, 2016

    What an easy and delicious way to make chicken! The tomatoes added just the right amount of "sweetness" and juiciness and the butter added richness. I used Roma tomatoes and Italian style breadcrumbs as well as dried parsley (instead of fresh). My husband said "it's a keeper", so I will surely be making this again. Five stars for sure!