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Chicken Cordon Bleu Got Me Married

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When my wife and I were dating fifteen years ago I made her Chicken Cordon Bleu. From that day forward I could not shake her loose and the end result was marriage. So guys, if you want to cook for a lady you like but don’t want to get married, turn back now. If not well then what the heck, this recipe is cheaper than a diamond ring.

Here are some things you will need:
Boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 eggs (approximately)
Breadcrumbs (preferably with Italian seasoning)
Vegetable or Olive Oil
1 pound Deli boiled ham
1 pound Swiss cheese
Toothpicks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a deep pan, add about 1 inch of oil and heat on medium high. Cut the ham and Swiss cheese into small squares and add to a bowl and mix them together. Add breadcrumbs to one bowl and add six eggs to a second bowl and beat complete. If you only have plain breadcrumbs, add salt, pepper, parsley and basil.
If the chicken breasts are thick, cut them in half to make the whole breast thinner. Take plastic wrap and place over one breast. Use either a kitchen mallet or a drinking glass and pound the breast flat. The object is to stretch and thin out the breast. Repeat this process with all the breasts you have. Don’t pound the glass too hard. We do not want a kitchen accident to happen.

Now take your ham and Swiss cheese and lay it into the center of the breast. Roll the breast up tight and add three toothpicks to hold the chicken together in a roll shape while the ham and cheese are rolled inside. HINT: Use three toothpicks in every chicken. They will get buried and might be hard to find. You will now know you need to find three toothpicks. This rule should relieve the fear of choking on one.

Now this is the part where it is ok to double dip. Add the rolled chicken into the eggs. Make sure it is completely covered and then add it to the breadcrumbs. Now “double dip”. Go back to the eggs, submerge then roll back into the breadcrumbs. Now add the chicken to the hot oil. Use tongs and allow the oil to brown the breadcrumbs. Give each side a few seconds and slowly turn the chicken until all sides are slightly brown. This allows the breadcrumbs to seal onto the chicken. Once complete, add to a baking pan with cooking spray on the bottom. Complete the double dipping process to all the chicken and throw them in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.

Keep an eye on them. If you see a lot of cheese oozing out the sides, cut one open and check to see if the chicken is cooked through. The baking time will depend on how thick your chicken breasts are. Again guys, they say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach but I have learned it is really the other way around.

You can also get creative with this recipe as well. You can add Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs to give it a cheesy taste. You can also stuff the chicken with broccoli and cheddar cheese or ham and cheese.

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