Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu


This version of classic chicken Cordon Bleu (meaning "blue ribbon") is served with a creamy wine sauce. The term originally referred to an award for culinary excellence.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 6 slices Swiss cheese

  • 6 slices ham

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Mix flour and paprika together in a shallow bowl.

  2. Pound chicken breasts to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Place one slice Swiss and one slice ham onto each breast, leaving the outer 1/2 inch uncovered. Roll chicken over filling, dip in flour mixture to coat on all sides, and secure with toothpicks.

  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes. Add wine and bouillon. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Transfer chicken to a warm platter and remove the toothpicks. Whisk cream and cornstarch together in a small bowl; slowly pour into the skillet, whisking constantly to blend with remaining wine mixture. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens, 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Pour sauce over chicken and serve immediately.

    close up view of Chicken Cordon Bleu II served with salad on a white plate
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

584 Calories
41g Fat
8g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 584
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 24g 119%
Cholesterol 195mg 65%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 272mg 21%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 473mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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