Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu (done on the grill)

Another beautiful day here in MN as we come to a near end of March.  The grass has turned green (much sooner than it did last year), the flowers are starting to bloom, and leaves are starting to bud on the trees.  What does that mean?  The window are opened up, the kids can play outside, the birds are chirping away (though not a fan of being woken up in the morning by them) and yes, bring on the grill!!!!!

Time to be inventive with cooking outside again!  I love it.  I love it!!!!!

When I planned this weeks dinner I had no intention of grilling this.  It didn’t call for being put on the grill, but I couldn’t bring myself to turning on the oven when it’s so nice outside.

Turn on the grill, foiled up a pan and got my dinner going!!!

Ingredients:

4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fat removed)

1/2 tsp ground pepper (I rarely measure this) – garlic salt

4 pieces Swiss Cheese slices (reduced fat)

2 tbs reduced fat cream cheese

1/2 cup Italian flavored Bread Crumbs

1 tbs fresh chopped parsley (or thyme – my least favorite herb)

4 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup chopped ham (left overs from the other nights dinner!!)

Directions:

1.  Preheat Grill to 400 degrees

2.  Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and pepper.  In a bowl combine the bread crumbs, parsley and 2 tsp oil and mix well.

3.  In a large skillet add the remaining extra virgin olive oil and turn on to med-high heat.

 

Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.  Move the chicken to the baking sheet (sprayed with cooking spray) and spread cream cheese over the top of each piece of chicken, add the Swiss Cheese and top with the bread crumb mixture.  Sprinkle the chopped ham over the top and bring it on out to the grill.

4.  Bake chicken until it’s no longer pink on the inside (which I never check because I don’t want to lose the juice inside) or it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees.

This chicken was so tender and full of flavor.  It was just as the title says….Quick!  There are so many different ways to make chicken and to make it with great flavor.  We eat chicken at least a couple times per week but it’s never the same way.

Happy Spring (It’s actually summer here in MN!!!)

Have a great weekend.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

This was really good 😉

Source:

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

I was online one day and saw a link for this new cookbook that was all about lowering the calorie intake but still having the food taste good.  Here’s a portion of the site:

Though the original version of this dish has ample amounts of oozing butter, this version doesn’t have any butter in it at all, and it still tastes great. Pay close attention to the cooking time so the chicken doesn’t dry out, and prepare the sauce 2 hours ahead of cooking time.

Recipe courtesy of Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories by Rocco DiSpirito/Ballantine Books, 2010.

I made a few simple changes to the recipe because I’m not just trying to lower my caloric intake, but more so to lower my fat intake.  So instead of the swiss cheese, I used reduced fat Mozzarella cheese.  I also used the fat free evaporated milk instead of low fat skim.  So the values below could be much lower due to the cheese alone!!
  • Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • chicken cutlets (4 ounces each), pounded very thin
    • 3 ounces thinly sliced lean ham (from the deli counter)
    • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 1-1/2 cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs, such as Ian’s All-Natural
    • 4 large egg whites

Directions

In a small saucepan, whisk the evaporated milk into the cornstarch. Bring the milk mixture to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the mixture has thickened, about 1 minute. Then whisk the cheese into the sauce until it is melted and smooth. Whisk in the chives, and season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Spray an ice cube tray with cooking spray, and divide the cheese sauce equally among 8 of the cube holes. Freeze the cheese sauce until it is hard, about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet, and set it aside.

Lay the chicken cutlets on a work surface, and season them with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the ham slices over the chicken. Place 2 frozen cheese cubes in the center of each piece of chicken. Roll up the chicken to encase the filling, and secure each package with 2 toothpicks.

Put the flour in a shallow dish. Place the panko in another shallow dish. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with a whisk until they are extremely foamy but not holding peaks. Working in batches, dredge the chicken bundles in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them in the egg whites to coat completely. Then dredge them in the breadcrumbs to coat completely.

Place the chicken bundles on the wire rack. Spray the chicken lightly with cooking spray, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake until the breading is golden brown and crispy outside and the cheese sauce is fully melted, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.

In the oven cooking

Nutrition Facts

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total
Calories 333 Calories from fat 54
Total Fat 6gm 9% Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 497mg 21% Total Carbohydrates 24gm 8%
Fiber 3gm 12% Protein 43gm

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

My finished picture doesn’t compare to the one they show online.  Of course I’m no professional photographer and I am using my iPhone 4S for the camera!

But it was pretty good.  Don’t pass this one by.

The finished look

Have a great rest of the week.  And know that just because it’s made with “heathier” replacements, doesn’t mean it’s not good.  I haven’t gone wrong yet.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

Read more: http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/chicken-cordon-bleu-152014/#ixzz1bvz70otL