Are you looking for a flavorful one dish meal that is so easy that your toddler would be able to do most of it on their own? Are you looking for a recipe that won’t make you feel guilty about your waist line or that fits gluten free diets and can easily be adapted to be dairy free as well?
Well, look no further than this recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu. And men, children…hear me out…THIS WEEKEND IS MOTHER’S DAY!!! Make this recipe for your mother, the mother of your children, or your future baby’s momma and look like a ROCK STAR!!! I promise you, this is so easy but it delivers AMAZING flavor.
Every year on Mother’s Day, my sweet husband tries so hard to take over the cooking tasks for the weekend and every year, it is a failure. He knows this, and bless him, he really, really tries. But the thing is, he tries to do it on his own without a recipe and makes things he should know that is not his specialty. Honestly, he can make an amazing omelet (which blows me out of the water that he has mastered this perfectly) but that is it. Even when making a sandwich, he gets nervous about how much peanut butter to put on the bread or where to layer the cheese in relation to the tomato. I love the man, but cooking is just not his thing!!!
This is one recipe that he could do, and I may send it to my son, because my son would be sure for his Daddy to see the recipe. He is always wanting his Mommy to be happy and he knows how desperately his Dad tries to cook for me this one time a year and he knows how horribly it fails!! (We still love you Dad!!!)
I did not come up with this Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe thinking about an easy recipe for my husband to make. I created this when a friend stated after I told her that I was making Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner, that she wished it was an easier dish to make because she loves it but hates to touch raw chicken and she is now gluten free and wasn’t sure how to make the dish without the use of bread crumbs even if she did want to go to the trouble to bread it.
Well, I was planning on pounding my chicken down and rolling it with ham and cheese and then dredging in a flour then egg wash and then in bread crumbs. After that I would fry it and then finish in the oven while I made a sauce…..wow, I was getting tired just thinking about all that work and the dishes that would be created.
I was on a mission. I was going to make an easy, gluten free version of Chicken Cordon Bleu. And my mission succeeded. Everyone in my family loved this version so much more than the original.
Steps to the Easiest Chicken Cordon Bleu Ever
- Place 4 chicken breasts into a baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
- Squirt Dijon mustard over chicken and spread evenly.
- Place a piece of ham on each piece of chicken.
- Place a piece of swiss cheese over the chicken (use any sharp cheese you like–Gruyere is amazing, but even Asiago gives this dish a great bite. Or omit cheese to keep it dairy free.)
- And then I poured 1 cup white wine around the chicken breasts and threw in the oven.
The chicken came out moist and extremely flavorful from the mustard and the wine. It was crazy good! And crazy easy. Wash some potatoes and wrap in foil to throw in oven with chicken and buy your favorite frozen steamable veggies and you have a meal with one pan to wash!! Bonus, some leftover wine to serve with dinner.
So men or anyone looking for an easy meal, throw this bad boy in the oven (for Mother’s Day, Date Night, or just to impress for no reason!!!), pour your sweetie a glass of wine and be prepared to get some praise!!
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 small breasts)
- 4 slices of swiss cheese, or your preferred sharp cheese
- 4 slices of nitrate free ham
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Place the chicken into a baking dish. Cover each chicken breast with the Dijon mustard (either squirt the mustard from the bottle or spoon out from jar--but do not put spoon on chicken and then back into jar!!!) and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper and thyme. Place the cheese over the seasonings and then the ham. Pour the wine around the chicken.
- Bake for 25 minutes (or 30 minutes if breasts are really thick.)