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Low-Calorie Classic: Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

As with any dish that is traditionally fried, it tastes amazing but is basically never a healthy choice; here we have a healthier spin on the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu, with the same great taste. The main steps we took to make this dish a little better for us are choosing leaner ingredients and baking our chicken instead of frying it. No one likes to compromise on a staple they love, but with this chicken you don’t have togo ahead and try it for yourself!

Low-Calorie Classic: Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 (4 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 6 slices low-fat Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices lean deli ham
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Butterfly cut each chicken breast in half, leaving it attached on one side.
  3. Open your chicken breasts, lay them between two pieces of wax paper or saran wrap and use a meat mallet to pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. Flatten all the chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  5. Taking your laid open chicken breast, first place your cheese, then your ham along the inside. Fold the chicken closed. Continue with the rest of chicken breasts.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs together. Take your closed chicken pockets and dip (tops and bottoms) in the egg.
  7. Shake off excess and then dredge chicken in the breadcrumbs, making sure entire surface is covered.
  8. Place chicken breasts on a greased baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until outside is crispy and golden, and chicken is no longer pink.

Recipe adapted from Gina’s Skinny Recipes

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