Chicken tender enough to slice with a fork, salty Black Forest ham and the mild melting flavors of Havarti cheese makes Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Creamy Wine Sauce the perfect dinner for a family night or for a fancier company meal.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chicken cordon bleu
Servings: 6- 8 servings
4boneless skinless chicken breastssliced thin to create 8 fillets (directions are below)
4ouncesblack forest hamabout 4 large slices cut in half (they should be about the same size as the flattened chicken breasts)
4ouncesHavarti or Swiss cheeseabout 4 large slices cut in half (they should be about the same size as the flattened chicken breasts)
1/4cupAP flourI used a combination of brown rice flour and tapioca starch this time and that worked great as well
kosher saltto taste
freshly ground black pepperto taste
3/4cupwhite wine(or chicken broth for an alcohol free alternative)
1 1/4teaspoonchicken base(I used Better Than Bouillon base)
1 1/4cupheavy cream
dash of paprika
Prepare the four chicken breasts by rinsing them, trimming any fat and then slicing lengthwise to create 8 uniform chicken fillets. Place two breasts in a gallon size ziploc bag and use a meat mallet to pound them to a uniform thickness of approximately 1/4".
Place a slice of ham on the chicken and then a slice of cheese over the ham. Roll the chicken to create bundles and then secure with toothpicks or kitchen twine. Mix the flour, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl and then use the flour mixture to coat the chicken bundles on all sides.
Preheat the oven to 350. While the oven is heating, heat half the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook four chicken bundles at a time, turning as needed, until the chicken is browned on all sides. Remove browned chicken to an oven-proof baking dish and set aside.
Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Cook the rest of the chicken and then transfer it to the baking dish. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. Be careful not to overcook it. This took about 10 minutes for me. When the chicken is finished in the oven, tent with foil and set aside until ready to eat.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, warm the wine and the chicken base. Whisk to combine. In a small cup, whisk the cornstarch into the cream until smooth. Drizzle the cream into the saucepan very slowly, whisking until combined. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring the mixture until it thickens. Pour the cream sauce over the chicken when ready to serve. Enjoy!