Chicken Cordon Blue

Boneless skinless chicken breasts
Seasoned breadcrumbs
Olive Oil
Deli ham
Swiss cheese
Cream Sauce

Trim fat off chicken, then slice breasts in half horizontally to create 2 thin strips of chicken. In a shallow bowl combine seasoned breadcrumbs. Rub oil on the chicken and press the seasoned breadcrumbs onto the chicken.

Place the chicken in a roasting or baking sheet and roast at 375 degree F. until the meat is no longer opaque and the juices run clear, or until the internal temperature (measured in the deepest part) reaches 160 degrees F (usually 20-25 minutes). Top each slice of chicken with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese. Place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with paprika, then top with a cream sauce.

This is one of my favorite meals. It is challenging (almost impossible) to find a safe deli meat. Along with avoiding msg, we also avoid nitrates as much as possible but I have found one deli ham (Private Selection Honey Cured Ham from Smiths/Kroger) that has a clean label except for nitrates so we occasionally indulge.

These do freeze okay and as long as you reheat them slowly as to not overcook the ham (in the oven is best). Freeze the chicken and cream sauce separately.

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