Hasselback Chicken Cordon Bleu is a restaurant-quality meal for a fraction of the cost of dining out. It’s super easy and can be prepped in advance. Just bake when you get home from work.
Ingredients for Hasselback Chicken Cordon Bleu
A quick reference so you can add the items to your shopping list.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- Deli Ham
- Swiss Cheese
- Italian Breadcrumbs
- Salt and Pepper
Can I Prep Hasselback Chicken Cordon Bleu in Advance?
Yes, you can absolutely do prep work in advance. I have done everything in the recipe through putting the breadcrumbs on top of the chicken early in the day. Place the chicken in a baking dish, cover, and refrigerate until you are ready to bake it.
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and uncover it. Let it sit on the counter while your oven comes to temperature. It’s a good idea to use a metal baking dish when preparing this in advance. You don’t want a glass or ceramic dish cracking due to temperature changes from the fridge to the oven.
What Type of Wine Can I serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu?
A bottle of white wine or light red would be the best choice. For a nice crisp white, choose a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc although a buttery Chardonnay, such as the Vergelegen in the photo, would also be nice. The latter would complement the buttered breadcrumbs.
A light red would be a Pinot Noir or Merlot but a Rosé would also be lovely. Just don’t go too sweet.
Tips and Tricks for a Successful Chicken Cordon Bleu
The chicken is easy to make and pairs nicely with white wine. It is important to note to be very careful when slicing the chicken. You do not want to cut all the way through for obvious reasons.
Fold up the deli ham so it fits into the slits in the chicken. Wedge the ham and cheese so it stays.
You don’t want the cheese and ham falling through. You can make this in advance of a dinner party and refrigerate it as I mentioned above.
Use your hands to pat the breadcrumbs on top. Using a spoon will spill them all over the pan. Trust me on this one or you will have breadcrumbs all over the pan and not on the chicken.
The buttery breadcrumbs and saltiness of the ham are a fine combination with the wine.
What Side Dish Can I Serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu?
There are so many options! Chicken cordon bleu is such a versatile dish. I like to serve a potato and a green vegetable and often switch up what I offer.
For a green vegetable try one of our favorites green beans with bacon and caramelized onions. It’s a bit labor-intensive but so worth it. An easier recipe would be string beans with shallots. Parmesan roasted zucchini boats are another delicious option.
Why We Love This Recipe
- It’s super easy to make and comes together quickly.
- You can prep it in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake it.
- It’s impressive enough to serve to company.
- Perfect for a busy night, even if you don’t do any advance work.
- It’s tasty and has all of the elements of traditional chicken cordon bleu.
Recipe for Hasselback Chicken Cordon Bleu
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 16 slices of Swiss cheese (from the short end of a block)
- 8 slices of thinly shaved ham, cut in half
- ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl combine melted butter and breadcrumbs. Set aside.
- Cut 4 slits in each chicken breast without cutting all the way through the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Into each cut insert a slice of cheese and half a slice of ham, rolled, next to it. Place each chicken breast in a baking dish. Top with breadcrumb mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. 45 - 50 minutes, until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked.