Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of the original family favorite classic dinners. Whether you bake it or fry it, its ooey-gooey cheese, savory ham, and crunchy breadcrumb coating make it seriously delicious.

Chicken cordon bleu cut into pieces on a plate.

We are seriously giddy over this recipe. Chicken cordon bleu is the ultimate comfort food. We have so many fond memories of eating this as kids, but it always came from a box. These days, we’re all about turning our favorite classic recipes into made-from-scratch, restaurant quality recipes that everyone can enjoy, and this one will not disappoint. While it takes more effort than pulling it frozen from a box and popping in the microwave, it is still super easy to make and we are confident that it will be well worth that effort.

  • Baking vs. Frying Chicken Cordon Bleu:

    How you end up cooking your chicken cordon bleu is all up to your own personal taste preferences. Frying just makes everything better. We love that added crispiness and taste to fried food. However, sometimes we want something lighter and prefer to bake it. Try it both ways and see which you like best!

  • Cheese substitutes:

    We love a good Swiss cheese, but if you don’t have access to Swiss or just don’t like it, you can always substitute with your favorite melty cheese. For a fun variation, use mozzarella cheese.

  • How to pound chicken thin if you don’t have a mallet:

    A mallet is a great tool to have on hand in your kitchen for these recipes that want a thinly pounded chicken breast, but we know that not everyone has one. If you don’t own a mallet, don’t worry! Simply pull out your rolling pin and use one end of it to pound your chicken to 1/4” thick.

  • What kind of ham should I use?

    This recipe simply calls for deli ham. We like to stick with a high quality deli ham found behind the counter at your local grocery store.

  • Thickening with cornstarch vs. flour:

    Everyone has their personal favorite thickening agent. Some like to avoid the gluten in flour, or just don’t like the taste of flour that sometimes is left behind when you don’t cook it long enough. It really shouldn’t make a huge difference which you use, but we found that we prefer cornstarch to thicken this sauce.

  • Reheating and Storage Instructions:

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. For best flavor and to retain moisture, reheat in the oven preheated to 350 degrees until warmed through.

Chicken cordon bleu on a plate.

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