This was one of the first recipes I learned to make when I was a young bride. As you know, my husband has a mistress and her name is Lady Pig. Anything that I can make including this lovely ingredient gets a five star rating even before tasting!
The recipe I am sharing today is quite simple and you can freeze the little chicken bundles ahead of time and then just do the breading right before you bake. As the summer days draw to a close and the thought of turning on your oven does not make you melt where your standing, go ahead and give this one a try. Freeze it so when your ready, a scrumptious meal will come together for you in no time at all.
Celebrate the Feast!
Chicken Cordon Blue
recipe adapted from Fix, Freeze, Feast
the following recipe is for freezing ahead of time. it makes three serving for four.
About 6 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken half-breasts
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups dry bread crumbs
12 slices Swiss cheese
12 slices deli ham
3 one-gallon freezer bags.
(On hand for cooking each entree)
2 teaspoons melted butter per chicken roll
Rinse and trim chicken as desired.
Lay out three shallow dishes. Measure the flour into one, eggs into another and breadcrumbs into the third.
Lay each piece of chicken, smooth side down, between two sheets of wax paper. Using a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer, pound each chicken piece to 1/2 inch thick. Take one piece of chicken, coat with flour, dip in egg and then coat with breadcrumbs, set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Discard remaining flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs.
Fold one piece of cheese into a small bundle and place in the middle of one slice of ham. Fold the sides of the ham in, enveloping the cheese. Place a ham/cheese bundle on the narrow end of a breaded chicken piece, roll chicken into a packet and secure tightly by wrapping with plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining cheese, ham, and chicken. Divide chicken rolls evenly among the freezer bags.
Seal and freeze.
To cook one entree:
Remove desired number of chicken rolls from freezer. Discard plastic wrap while chicken is still frozen and place rolls in a greased baking dish. Place in the refrigerator to thaw completely.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Brush each chicken roll with 2 teaspoons butter and bake for 45 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 170 degrees F.
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