Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu

A delicious French classic, chicken cordon bleu is made of chicken breasts stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese.



  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or thyme
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham (about 1 ounce)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Combine cheese and cream cheese in a bowl. Combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper with breadcrumbs, parsley (or thyme) and 2 teaspoons oil in another bowl.
  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Move the chicken to the center so all pieces are touching. Spread with the cheese mixture, sprinkle with ham, then top with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes.


Per serving:
245 calories
12 g fat
4 g sat
4 g carbohydrates
28 g protein
1 g fiber

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