Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu

French Stuffed Chicken with Ham and Cheese
French Stuffed Chicken with Ham and Cheese
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2 (6-7oz each) Chicken Breast
4 slices Swiss cheese
5 slices Ham
3 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
spray Vegetable oil
to taste Salt
to taste Black pepper
For the sauce
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tbsp Butter
1 1/2 tbsp Wheat flour
1 1/4 cups Whole milk

Nutritional information

  • For the sauce

Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu


Cook to impress with my Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe! Cordon Bleu is to the French what the hamburger is to the US – as authentic as they come! Chicken Cordon Bleu is essentially a chicken breast stuffed with cheese and deep-fried until the meat is juicy and succulent and the cheese is melted and oozing.

I’ve added a few extra touches to mine to make it even tastier, including sliding some ham in alongside the cheese and spreading a punchy combination of mustard and mayonnaise over the chicken before coating it in crispy panko breadcrumbs. You can also use the classic egg and flour dredging method but believe me, you’ll enjoy my version much more!

Ingridiens for Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu

So, how to make Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Steps to make Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu


Heat the oven


Preheat the oven to 390°F.


Toast the breadcrumbs


Spread the panko breadcrumbs out on a baking sheet and spray with oil. Bake for 3 minutes until turning golden. Remove from the oven, tip into a bowl and set aside.


Prepare the chicken breasts


Cut a slice into each of the chicken breasts lengthwise so that you create a pocket.


Stuff the chicken breasts


Fold the cheese slices in half and stuff 2 slices into each pocket, followed by the ham. Fold the chicken over the seal the pocket and use 2 toothpicks to hold the closure in place. Lay the chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


Mix the mayo and mustard


In a small bowl, combine the mustard, mayo, salt, and pepper.


Coat the chicken breasts


Coat the top and sides of the chicken with the mustard mixture.


Crumb the chicken breasts


Sprinkle the panko crumbs over the chicken and press down so that they stick. Spray them with oil.


Bake the chicken


Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, until the crumbs have turned golden brown and the breasts are cooked through.


Make the roux for the sauce


In the meantime, add the butter to a small pan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the flour, stir to make a roux and cook for 1 minute.


Add the milk, mustard, and cheese


Add half the milk to the pan and whisk until well combined. Add the rest of the milk, cheese, and mustard. Cook for 3 minutes, whisking all the time until the sauce has thickened. Check the seasoning.


Serving Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu

Once the chicken and sauce are ready, remove the toothpicks from the chicken and serve with the sauce spooned over the top.

This Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe makes an impressive main dish to serve up at a dinner party or when you have a special guest! What do you think of my version? Let me know below or tag #cookmerecipes in your pics!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 18
Xiomara Rosche

I will be having family over at my place tomorrow and this is just perfect.

Lillyanna Carawan

I love how crunchy it is, best chicken I've ever had.

Nya Kley

This tastes extremely well, it should be illegal LOL just kidding, I'm obsessed with it.

Elianna Gehlen

I believe that the sauce was missing something, other than that it was good.

Maisy Coar

Yes indeed this version is much tastier than the normal ones.

Campbell Skuba

Well done Jelena, as always your recipes are top tier!

Aiyanna Nau

A real treasure, this is way too good to be true wish I could give it more than just 5 stars.


Followed everything step by step and I'm amazed on how accurate the instructions are too 45 minutes in total, epic success!

Natalya Longo

They turned out perfect, thank you so much!

Lilyana Klitzing

Absolutely perfect, thanks a lot for this great recipe will be making a lot more from this website since you guys got the best kinda stuff.

Brisa Maceyko

It was good but i much prefer the jalapeno stuffed chicken because it was spicy.

Rory Getsinger

This one is great ive never tried anything like it before so i love it.

Tiana Maschak

Delicious, wrote down everything and will be making more of it!

Demi Bujanda

So full of flavor exactly the type of meal I was looking for had it with some cheesy garlic bread on the side too.

Angelique Lien

The golden brown color alone shows how tasty it is fantastic meal.

Adalee Castaner

I love cordon bleu, wasn't aware that they were so easy to make, the more you know.

Alena Mcevoy

This stuffed chicken is out of this world, loved it more than the stuffed sundried tomato chicken.


Very very very delicious and looks great! I recommend it to everyone who is looking for something specials that is easy to make.

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