Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu with Cheese Sauce or Chicken Parmesan Recipe




One Traditional recipe for sure on either of my son's Birthday's,  is to make either
 Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken Parmesan.  Always with a pasta side dish.
These are two favorites in our home no matter whose birthday it is anytime of the year.
 Maybe you will make one of these your favorites too!



 4 large boneless chicken breast sliced** thin about 1/4 inch  thick, ( should have at least 8 thin pieces depending on breast size, use meat pounder to make thinner)
ham slices for each piece of chicken ( at least 8 pieces)
1 container spreadable cream cheese
Italian flavored bread crumbs
Canola oil for frying
 1 cup seasoned Flour (1/2 teaspoon added to flour each of garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper)

 
** Note if chicken is slightly frozen is much easier to cut even and thin...

In a saucepan add:

(This is the Sauce you will pour over the chicken and then bake covered on 350* for 1 hour.)
 
4 slices of Swiss cheese
1/4 pound of  extra sharp cheddar
4 tablespoons of cream cheese
1 cup of half and half or heavy cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 stick of butter or margarine
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of feta
2 tablespoons bleu cheese
1/4 teaspoons  of each, garlic powder, salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper and parsley.
Heat till melted set aside.
Take each slice of raw chicken, spread with cream cheese and lay a piece of ham on the chicken, roll up. Use tooth picks to hold together ... Roll each piece in  seasoned flour.  Heat oil for frying.
In a fry pan with hot canola oil, lightly brown each piece of chicken seam side down for around 4 minutes on each side. Place in a 13x9 baking pan lightly greased with cooking spray . Pour sauce over chicken and sprinkle with Italian flavored bread crumbs. Bake for 1 hour until bubbly and thickened.... Serving suggestions:  Use part of the cordon bleu sauce and toss with boiled pasta of choice or rice (there is alot of sauce to use with pasta, or you can  also use some of the sauce to dip with garlic knots) . Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
 
Alternative for red sauce lovers... make Chicken Parmesan
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