Chicken Cordon Bleu Light & Healthy

Chicken Cordon Bleu, moist baked chicken stuffed with cheese and ham coated with crispy breadcrumbs is a child friendly, high protein recipe your family will love.

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Healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu - High Protein, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Child Friendly - cut open the moist chicken to reveal melted cheese and ham

I think I may remember the first time I had Chicken Cordon Bleu. I believe I was out for dinner with my parents and grandparents. I seem to remember being at my grandparent’s golf course and having a “special” drink, a Shirley Temple, and ordering Chicken Cordon Bleu. It sounded so fancy, and I felt so grown up. It makes me laugh. Chicken Cordon Bleu is so simple. You stuff a chicken breast with cheese and ham then dredge it in breadcrumbs. I think the original dish may have been fried. Now a days, I bake mine. Chicken Cordon Bleu is a dish a child would love and fancy enough for a dinner party.

Healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu - High Protein, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Child Friendly - cut open the moist chicken to reveal melted cheese and ham

I have learned to make life easier by finding easier ways to make dishes. The original recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu called for you to make a pocket in the chicken breast. Can I just tell you how many times I have accidentally cut through the chicken when trying to make a pocket directly in the center? Ugh! If I manage to cut the chicken without actually putting a hole in it, I find I did not make the hole big enough. It is frustrating.

If you are an expert at making perfect pockets in your chicken, feel free to do it that way. I find it easier to simply pound out the chicken into a thin cutlet. It is a fabulous way to get some aggression out. Then I fill the chicken and roll it up. You could call them Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll Ups. Either way my light and healthy version of Chicken Cordon Bleu will be a family favorite. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you.

Healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu - High Protein, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Child Friendly - cut open the moist chicken to reveal melted cheese and ham

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Light & Healthy

Course Chicken, Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 205 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 2 lb . boneless , skinless chicken breast (8 small breasts or cut 4 large breasts in half)
  • 4 oz . reduced fat Havarti or cheddar slices , cut in half
  • 4 slices prosciutto , cut in half
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (whole wheat if possible)
  • 1 tbsp . melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp . dried oregano
  • 1 tsp . kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp . fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp . mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place a large wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Spray wire rack with cooking spray.
  2. In a flat dish, stir together panko, butter, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Dry chicken breasts with a paper towel and place on large cutting board.
  4. Place a piece of chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound out until 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Top with one piece of cheese on top of one slice of prosciutto. Roll it up. Repeat with 3 other slices of cheese and prosciutto.

  6. Place one roll onto of each piece of chicken.
  7. Fold up two opposites side of chicken over the prosciutto and roll up the chicken like a burrito.
  8. Place chicken seam side down onto the wire rack.
  9. Repeat with remaining 3 pieces of chicken.
  10. Rub each chicken breast with 1 tsp mustard.
  11. Spoon about 2 tbsp. panko on top of each chicken breast and gently press into the chicken.
  12. Place onto the wire rack.
  13. Bake for 25 minutes.

Recipe Notes

I calculated  3 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Cordon Bleu Light & Healthy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 35g 70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    I love chicken cordon bleu.
  2. This is only 5pt on the WW plan. I am sooooooooooooooooooooo making it & I shared it with my WW group.
  3. Love the lighter take! I've never stuffed my own chicken breasts before, but I've got to try it!
  4. This is definitely one of my favorite dishes to make. Yours sounds so good!
  5. My mom used to make this dish and it's always been one of my favorites. Yours looks wonderful, and I love your healthy spin on it!
  6. What a fun and hearty meal! I have started the tradition of getting my daughter Shirley Temples at restaurants so I hope she preserves that memory :)
  7. Ha, I remember thinking the same thing the first time I had Chicken Cordon Bleu as a kid- that it was so fancy! :) This looks like a great update, and healthy too!
  8. Love your techniques to lighten up this fave dish.
  9. I haven't had this dish in so long and I love that you've lightened it up, Christie! Such a delicious treat!
  10. mmmmm...this is one of my favorites and I haven't had it in years!
  11. Ellen Dee Coleman says
    There so many kinds ( flavors) of mustard available these days , what kind did you use. Love the ease of the recipe. I'll be buying chicken breasts when I go to the store later this week.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Ellen, I have to admit I have almost 10 different mustards in my refrigerator. I used Dijon for this one. I wouldn't use a whole grain mustard, but almost any other kind would work well. Hope you enjoy it Christie
  12. HA! I agree! It is a great way to get aggression out :) It's been far too long since I've enjoyed this delicious dish! Looks great, Christie! I like how crispy and juicy it is!!
  13. This looks delicious. My boys love chicken cordon bleu, so I need to try this!
  14. I made this tonight and it's really good but I found putting the chicken on a rack made my cheese melt out and fall to the bottom of the pan... :(
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Oh no Erin! Make sure you close up the chicken well. Losing cheese is no fun. I hope you scraped it off and put it in the chicken away. I cannot miss eating even the smallest amount of cheese. I greatly appreciate your feedback too.

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