Thursday, May 6, 2010

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu



Its no secret that I love grilling, especially in the spring and summer.  Its low maintenance, easy clean-up, and creates unbeatable flavor.  Chicken Cordon Bleu is such a traditional dish, and I was excited to see a new spin on it.  The chicken breasts are stuffed with ham and swiss cheese, brushed with Dijon mustard, and grilled.  They are then topped with a flavorful honey-mustard vinaigrette.  Served with fresh grilled asparagus, this is an incredibly easy and delicious weeknight meal.

The recipe claims that wrapping the cheese with ham will keep it from leaking out, but mine still did.  However, even though I was sad to lose cheese (what a waste), the chicken was still really tasty. Joey commented that the sauce makes the dish, and I have to agree.  Of course the chicken was still nice on its own, but the addition of the sauce really put it over the top.


Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Cuisine Grilling
serves 4
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6-8 ounces each)
  • 4 oz thinly sliced deli ham
  • 4 oz Swiss cheese, cut into blocks about 1 inch wide, and a 3-4 inches long (should resemble a stick of string cheese)
  • Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt and black pepper
For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat for at least 15 minutes.

Cut a pocket into each chicken breast by inserting a knife blade into the thick end of the breast.  Sweep the blade back and forth, cutting the opening larger, being careful not to cut through the end, top, or bottom.

Wrap a slice of ham around each block of cheese and insert into the pockets.  Brush each breast with Dijon mustard, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill chicken 7-10 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette.

To serve, slice the chicken into pinwheels and drizzle with vinaigrette.


9 comments:

ashley said...

this looks delicious!

Susi said...

Wow, what a cool idea! We love grilling and this sounds great!

roxan said...

This recipe makes me so happy! I know my husband will love it. grilled asparagus on the side is a great idea.

Madame Sucre said...

love this healthy recipe!! its time to find out more healthy ways to eat :) thnx for sharing!

B & D said...

nice vinaigrette recipe :) all your recipes are just yummylicious!!

Kevin said...

What a tasty looking chicken dinner!

Emily said...

Made this last night...IT WAS AMAZING!

Nick said...

Nice! I'm glad I found this, this is exactly what I wanted to cook tonight. I knew I would need some kind of sauce/vinaigrette to go with it - perfect!

Joy said...

I have made this recipe for a few years now and it is always such a home run!!! I love everything about it and highly encourage anyone who is new at this to try it!!

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