Crispy Creamy Cordon Bleu
Chicken cordon bleu is a take on schnitzel and originated in Switzerland. Like schnitzel recipes, it often has a crispy coating which locks in the juiciness of the meat it is coating. This crispy, creamy cordon bleu recipe comes from Matthew, a contributor to the Buzzfeed website, and is filled with loads of swiss cheese and ham. This version even includes a creamy sauce that gets drizzled over the top, which consists of tangy Dijon mustard and salty Parmesan cheese. If you love the combination of chicken, cheese and ham, this will be the perfect comfort meal to enjoy on a weeknight and is elegant enough for entertaining too.
If you are searching for easy and delicious dinner recipes, this may not be the ideal choice since it does require a few steps to achieving the perfect chicken. Instead, save this for a day or night when you have extra time to bread and fry the chicken. Firstly, each chicken breast is pounded thinly between two sheets of plastic wrap. This helps give more surface area to accommodate the filling, and else makes the meat an equal thickness for even cooking. If pounding the chicken is too much for you, though, you can butterfly each chicken breast with a knife, which almost does the same thing. Once each chicken breast gets filled ham and cheese, it gets rolled using another piece of plastic wrap so that all the filling stays inside the chicken rather than leaching out. You can implement a similar method whenever you want to stuff meat like beef or pork for dinner too. The assembled chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for a day or two until ready to cook, so you can have this cordon bleu recipe ready to cook at the end of the day.
Chicken breast recipes aren’t always a favourite of people because they don’t contain a lot of fat and can become dry very easily. Cordon bleu recipes are one of the best uses for chicken breast because they are breaded and cooked quickly ensuring that the meat is cooked through, but doesn’t become overcooked. Breading the meat means that the juices will stay inside the chicken rather than oozing out. The chicken gets fried in a pot of oil to get the exterior golden and crispy, before being finished in the oven to achieve a safe temperature. If you aren’t used to frying, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure safety. For one thing, it is a good idea to use a deep pot and fill it only half way with oil. Using a deep pot gives some distance between you and the hot oil, and filling halfway means that if the pot gets too hot, you can add extra oil to cool it down. Another thing to remember is not to drop any water or other liquid into hot oil or else it will boil over. If you want to make this easy meal even easier, you can also sear the chicken for this dinner recipe in a shallow pan with oil instead, which will limit the amount of time it takes to preheat a pot of oil or deep fryer.
If you are on a gluten free diet but would like to make this chicken recipe, rest assured you can enjoy this dish. This cordon bleu recipe uses panko breadcrumbs, which is a Japanese breadcrumb without any moisture content and crisps up perfectly. Luckily, there are gluten-free varieties available that would make a perfect substitution. Thank you to Matthew, an author at Buzzfeed, for sharing this creamy cordon bleu recipe with us.
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