Pretzel Crusted Chicken Cordon Bleu is a twist on a classic dish. Tender chicken, savory ham, and sharp cheese all rolled up in a crusty salty pretzel crust. Served with a mustard wine sauce for your dipping pleasure.
My son has become quite the foodie. Or so he thinks.
I have to laugh at some of his creations he comes up with while watching Chopped with me. They can be downright scary! Not to mention his birthday request last year–A Ravioli Pizza. Usually, he wants Ravioli Lasagna which I am all for, but this was a bit odd. It worked but in such an odd way. And of course, was carb overload!
The other day, he mentioned again how much he loves my Quick Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu. And then he proceeded to go into the fridge and point out we had everything we needed to make it.
Why yes, we did–great minds think alike, I had my easy baked Chicken Cordon Bleu planned for that week.
So I asked him if he wanted to make it himself, to which he agreed. However, as he was setting up ingredients he walked out of the pantry asking if we could actually bread the chicken cordon bleu with pretzels.
Totally genius!! Ham and pretzels go together like peanut butter and chocolate in my book! And at this moment, I so was claiming him as mine!
So I helped my son create his masterpiece.
We worked together–wrapping ham and cheese up in chicken and then dipping into flour, an egg wash, and finally crushed pretzels. It was fun and we were certainly rewarded when we sat down to eat this meal.
How to Stuff Chicken Breast
- Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or inside a large freezer-safe ziploc bag with 1 teaspoon water.
- .Pound to a 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin ( I even use a heavy-bottomed cast iron skillet at times.)
- Top each chicken breast half with 1 slice ham and a slice of Swiss cheese.
- Fold the chicken breast in half, pinching edges together to seal, or use toothpicks to seal.
How to Bread Chicken
- Set out 3 plates or pie dish.
- On one plate, place seasoned with salt and pepper.
- In a second pie dish, whisk eggs with a bit of water and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- In the third pie dish, place your crushed pretzels (or whatever you are using to bread your chicken).
- Dip each chicken breast into the flour and coat on both sides, then the egg mixture, then the pretzels.
How to Bake Breaded Chicken so it is Crisp
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- On top of the foil, place an oven-safe metal cooling rack that fits on tray nicely.
- Place chicken on the rack and bake. The rack allows air to circulate around the entire chicken breast, keeping the breading nice and crispy.
Mustard Wine Sauce
I have to say this pretzel crusted chicken was certainly a winner with everyone in our house! And while it shone on its own, I decided to pair this Pretzel Crusted Chicken Cordon Bleu with a mustard sauce–because, you know, mustard and pretzels and ham–WOW!!
It is simply, reduced dry white wine and chicken stock with a bit of mustard and cornstarch whisked in–simple, yet impressive.
The mustard sauce took this dish from WOW to restaurant-worthy!
I guess the moral of the story is to get your kids into the kitchen–sometimes their ideas are going to be insane, but other times they may surprise you with something incredible. Either way, you make great memories! I ended up with a great dinner and a special moment with my son!
Notes on Ham and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- This stuffed chicken breast recipe is a great time to use leftover ham.
- If you don’t want to stuff your chicken, pretzel crusted chicken is just as delicious and pretzel coated chicken cordon blue.
- A great hack for stuffing chicken, the lazy way, is to cut a slit in each chicken breast lengthwise, and stuff the slit with a piece of ham and cheese and then dip in breading mixture. Not as pretty, but so easy!
- Be sure to remove toothpicks if you used them before serving this stuffed chicken breast recipe.
- If you don’t want to use pretzels as your crust, panko or plain bread crumbs work as well.
- To reheat leftover, place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until warmed through. If you try to microwave breaded chicken, it will get soggy.
- This Pretzel Crusted Chicken is delicious served with Sweet and Spicy Green Beans.
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Cordon Bleu
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 slices deli ham. thinly sliced
- 4 slices Swiss cheese thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg
- 2 cups pretzels crushed
- For the Sauce:
- 1/4 cup mustard
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place wire rack on cookie sheet.
- Pound chicken breasts out until 1/4 inch thick.
- Place a piece of ham and cheese on each piece of chicken. Roll up and secure with a toothpick or two.
- Set up a breading station. One bowl has flour mixed with salt and pepper, next bowl has egg whisked up with 2 tablespoons water, and final bowl has crushed up pretzels.
- Bread each chicken packet by dredging in flour, dipping in egg wash, and then finally rolling in pretzels. Place on cooking rack on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- While chicken is baking, whisk together mustard, wine, chicken stock, and onion powder together with a bit of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken is cooked. The sauce will be thin, but that is how I like it. Feel free to thicken it up with 2-3 teaspoons of cornstarch.
- Serve the chicken with sauce.