If you love chicken cordon bleu because of its winning flavor combination of chicken, ham, and Gruyere cheese, you'll love this sandwich. It has all the satisfying flavors of chicken cordon bleu with half the work!

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

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  • Combine bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon melted butter in a small bowl.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir ham and onion in melted butter until onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in thyme and cook for 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until flour has lost its raw smell, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour in 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk. Place saucepan back over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Remove saucepan from heat and add 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.

  • Stir chicken and diced pickle into cheese sauce.

  • Place toasted bread slices on the prepared baking sheet. Brush one side of each bread slice with 3/4 teaspoon melted butter. Turn slices over and top each with 1/4 of the cheese sauce. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon shredded Gruyere cheese over the top of each sandwich. Top with bread crumb mixture.

  • Bake sandwiches in the preheated oven until cheese is bubbling and chicken mixture is hot, 15 to 20 minutes.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

384 calories; 22.6 g total fat; 78 mg cholesterol; 741 mg sodium. 24.1 g carbohydrates; 20.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
Excellent!! Why or why do people write that the recipe was wonderful than give it three or four stars because they don't have the type of cheese called for in recipe. If the recipe is pleasing please don't give it less stars just because you don't have all the ingredients. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2015
This recipe was simple and easy to make. I really liked the idea of it. I don't understand the inclusion of the pickles - they didn't add anything as far as I could tell but were just odd when you bit into them. And the texture was oddly creamy which I found to be off putting. Overall not my favorite but wasn't terrible. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
Excellent!! Why or why do people write that the recipe was wonderful than give it three or four stars because they don't have the type of cheese called for in recipe. If the recipe is pleasing please don't give it less stars just because you don't have all the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
Excellent!! Why or why do people write that the recipe was wonderful than give it three or four stars because they don't have the type of cheese called for in recipe. If the recipe is pleasing please don't give it less stars just because you don't have all the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2013
Just made it for my family of five last night. I just started cooking but my father ( a very good trained chef in my opinion) said it was restaurant quality. I TRIPLED the recipe and there was not one bit of leftovers. However I used sharp cheddar rather than Gruyere (a Vermonters spin on it) and instead of doing individual sandwiches I hollowed out a big loaf of artisan bread and stuffed it with the cheese sauce. We cut it into sections and had it with a side of steamed broccoli in a sharp cheddar cheese sauce. Absolutely amazing. I will definitely make this dish a regular one. It's affordable it's quick and it's delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2014
So this is going to sound a little weird but I just made this into a casserole. My kitchen is almost bare but I had chicken breasts and my husband loves chicken cordon bleu so I decided to try and cobble something together. Hubby gave it a "very good" so I thought I'd share! I followed the directions for the most part but I only had Buddig ham sandwich meat and some Irish cheddar or something (the wrapper is gone so I'm not sure. It was just a very sharp cheese!). I doubled the recipe and used panko bread crumbs with the butter as a base in a 7x11 glass pan chopped chicken next and then my crazy ham & cheese mixture. As I said I followed the directions but didn't have Dijon so I mixed some yellow mustard with a bit of dry mustard. I poured/spooned the mix over the chicken and topped it off with another layer of panko and in the oven it went! I like it fairly well myself but I have a low spice tolerance so I'd probably do a little less mustard next time and I admittedly went a little crazy with the panko XD but overall it's a success more than just edible and I definitely want to have it with french bread and "real" ham sometime!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2013
I made this just as directed by Chef John and everyone loved them. They made the perfect lunch for us as we greeted out-of-town visitors. I did think that they were just a tad on the bland side a fact that could be that I used some Honeybaked ham rather than the smoked ham called for. I am surprised that Chef didn't add a little cayenne to this since that is present in so many of his recipes!:) I would definitely recommend this sandwich! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2013
Really good as is but next time maybe I'll add some hot sauce to bring it to a sharper taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
I followed the recipe to as written...delicious!!! Couldn't find Gruyere cheese at my small town grocery store so just used Swiss. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
I made this dish last night it was absolutely delicious! My son devoured almost eight inches worth of the entire loaf. Thanks for sharing?? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2014
After two trips to local markets I struck out on the proper cheese. I used a blend of shredded cheeses and the recipe was a solid 4 stars. The only thing this recipe in my opinion is not half the work of chicken cordon bleu. Very good anyway Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
This is good even without the red and black pepper. I use dried basil as a black pepper replacement. 2 of us in our card party club can't handle pepper so we have found substitutes. Basil works great. This is quick and easy on homemade bread too. A little green salad and you have a great supper. Thanks again for the great ideas. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2015
This recipe was simple and easy to make. I really liked the idea of it. I don't understand the inclusion of the pickles - they didn't add anything as far as I could tell but were just odd when you bit into them. And the texture was oddly creamy which I found to be off putting. Overall not my favorite but wasn't terrible. Read More
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