Chicken Cordon Bleu

Happy Easter everyone! To me, Easter means more than just chocolate eggs, it also signifies the start of spring. While I am busy updating my wardrobe with all the pastel-color items. My slumbering taste buds also tingle in anticipation of the fresh new flavors of the approaching season. Lighter dishes for brighter days- it’s time to bid farewell to all the hearty soup and stew!

Chicken cordon bleu is possibly the most famous “French” chicken recipe in the world when, in fact, it is not historically connected to France. Chicken cordon bleu was an American creation in the mid-20th century. Only its name, which means “blue ribbon” in French, can be traced to France. In a typical chicken cordon bleu recipe, ham and cheese are rolled up inside a chicken breast and fried until crispy. For this lighter version, the whole thing is baked until the outside is crispy and the cheese inside becomes oozy. The chicken remains très délicieux despite a modest amount of oil used, and it pairs well with a tangy salad!

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Ingredients (2 serving):
2 chicken thighs (skinless and boneless)
2 thin slices prosciutto
2 slices of Emmental cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 eggs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions”
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
2) Lay the chicken thigh between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Gently pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.
3) Remove the top sheet of plastic, lay 1 slice of prosciutto over the top of the chicken then add a slice of cheese over.
4) Tuck in the sides of the chicken and roll it up tightly inside the plastic wrap. Seal and twist both ends tightly to form a log. Repeat with remaining chicken. Put in refrigerator to set for 30min.
5) Season the flour with salt and pepper.
6) Remove the plastic wrap. Lightly dust the chicken with flour, dip in the egg mixture and gently coat in the bread crumbs.
7) In a small skillet, brown chicken in oil on all sides.
8) Carefully transfer the chicken to a baking dish. Add the melted butter on top of the chicken as it will help the crust brown.
9) Bake for 35 minutes until browned and cooked through.

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