Sunday, February 21, 2010

Chicken Cord'on Bleu

This is a little French number that is super easy, but always makes my guests think I'm superwoman. Well, the secret's out now :)

1 Chicken breast per person (I make one and cut in half for the little people in my house)
Plain yogurt
1 roll ritz crackers, crushed
ham (you can buy canadian bacon round, chunks or even left over ham)
swiss cheese (i buy the pre-sliced so I can just grab a square and stick it in)

1. Pound the chicken breasts until they are about 1/4" thick. This isn't absolutely necessary, but it makes rolling the chicken a ton easier.
2. Put some ham and swiss cheese on the chicken breast.
3. Roll the breast wide end to narrow as tight as you can.
4. Use the toothpicks to hold it closed. Sometimes you will use 3 or 4 to make this work. Depends on the shape of the chicken.
5. Dip chicken in yogurt, then roll in crushed ritz crackers (Yes, if you are a bread crumb or soda cracker person, I suppose those would be ok, but I use wheat ritz... just better for you:) )
6. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for an hour. Check it at 45 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts, it sometimes won't take the full hour.
7. You can serve this with lots of different combinations. ie: green beans and twice baked potatoes, or regular potatoes; rice and broccoli; lemon fettucine.... it is very versatile and very good.
OPTIONAL SAUCE: Mix together a can of cream of chicken with a cup or so of sour cream. Heat it up and drizzle over the chicken. Helps for moisture and completes the dish!

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