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Chicken Cordon Bleu and Sweet Poatoes

This is another fancy dish, but it’s actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it and it’s so good.

The first time I made Chicken Cordon Bleu, I actually took chicken breast and pounded them until they were thin.  Dumb, and a lot of work and half the time I ended up with chicken pieces instead of an actual thin piece of chicken breast.  Well, I got smart and started to cut the chicken into thin slices.  Much easier and faster.  I didn’t take any pictures of this, but if you look up how to butterfly a chicken breast, I’m sure you can find something.

I ended up with 5 pieces of chicken, so that’s what this recipe calls for.  Just use as many ham slices and cheese slices as you have chicken slices and it’ll all work out. 🙂

Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • 5 thin pieces of Chicken Breast
  • 5 slices of Ham
  • 5 slices of Swiss Cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian Seasoning = thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, sage, parsley (I actually don’t think that’s real Italian seasoning, but close enough, right?

Chicken Cordon Bleu before baking

Season the chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Take one chicken piece and put a slice of ham on top – the ham should basically cover the chicken.  Put a slice of cheese at the bottom of the stack and roll it up and place it seam side down in a baking dish.  Repeat until they are all finished.  Season the top with Italian Seasoning and bake at 350, covered for about 20 minutes. It may take longer, depending on how thick your chicken is.

This is also really good if you bread it before baking or pan fry instead of baking.  I like baking because it’s easy.  If you bread and bake them, take the cover off the dish for the last 10 minutes to get the breading all crispy.

I also make roasted sweet potatoes that turned out really well and is a little different than the traditional sweet potato dish.  I know I’ve seen a similar recipe somewhere, but I can’t find it to be able to link back to it.

Roasted Garlic and Thyme Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 Sweet Potato, if they’re small, use two
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Pour some olive oil into a baking dish and crush the garlic into it.  Add thyme, salt and pepper and stir.  Peel and cube the sweet potatoes and put them in the baking dish.  Mix until all the pieces are well coated.  Cook at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through and slightly crisp on the outside.

When everything is done, you have a really cute plate of food for dinner! Yes, I referred to my dinner as cute.

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