I created this Chicken Cordon Blues recipe for Valentine’s Day for my hubby. They turned out so good! Don’t skimp on the paprika, it adds a bright, smoky flavor to the sauce. I am sure I will get a comment or two suggesting to BAKE these instead of cooking them in the skillet… DON’T DO IT. By baking them you will dry them out… trust me… you want these babies nice and juicy.
4 rectangular chunks of Swiss cheese (I like to buy it in the block and make chunks about 3-4" long and about the same thickness as string cheese)
4 slices black forest ham
1 1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. paprika
1/2 c. butter (melted)
1/4 c. butter (for frying)
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
1 c. heavy whipping cream
salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
Pound chicken breasts as thin as possible without completely destroying the chicken (about 1/2" thick). Roll up the cheese in the ham.. kind of how you would roll up a burrito (folding in the ends over the cheese, then rolling it up) this will keep the cheese from oozing out. Now roll up the ham and cheese in the chicken. Keep it all together using toothpicks.
Place the melted butter in a shallow bowl or dish. In a separate shallow dish, mix the Panko, Parmesan cheese and paprika. Dip each chicken in the butter, then roll in the bread crumb mixture.
Heat the remaining butter (1/4 c.) in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook each chicken until browned on all sides. Place on a plate until remaining chicken is browned. When all the chicken is browned, add a little more butter (or cooking spray) to the bottom of the pan to keep chicken from sticking. Place ALL the chicken back in the skillet. Sprinkle paprika, to taste, over the chicken, then add chicken broth to the pan (don't pour the broth over the chicken, try to pour it directly into the bottom of the pan). Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
Transfer the chicken cordon bleus to a warm platter and remove toothpicks. The broth it was sitting in should have reduced and thickened a little during cooking. Add salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. Whisk in heavy cream. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve and enjoy!