Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu… How I wish I could lay claim to this wonderful recipe and the picture but alas I can only share it here at KCinAZ.  I absolutely love baking this dish and it has the fame on BigOven as one of the “Top Ranked” recipes.

From the Author: I have been making this recipe for years now. It is such a wonderful and tasty dish…not to mention that you can prepare it in advance. I always fall back on this recipe when I have dinner guests. It is pretty nice to be able to enjoy their company without worrying too much about dinner. I usually prepare the chicken rolls in the morning, place them in the refrigerator and then bake them right before dinner. Alternately, you can freeze the rolls uncooked and defrost and bake at a later date.

Baked Cordon Bleu from Big Oven
Baked Cordon Bleu from Big Oven – Click Image to go to BigOven Recipe

Ingredients
5 chicken breasts; split in 2 (total yield 10 pieces)
4 tbsp butter; melted
4 tsps onion powder; divided
3 tbsp olive oil; or canola
3 cups fresh bread crumbs
10 slices deli ham; sliced thinly
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
10 slices Gruyère/Swiss cheese
salt/pepper; to taste
basil/parsley ; optional sprinkle

Preparation
Process a few slices of bread in food processor to make about 4-5 cups of fresh breadcrumbs. Add Parmesan and 2 tsp onion powder. Set aside. Melt butter in a bowl and mix with oil. Set aside. Wash and clean chicken breasts. Pat dry and cut each breast into two pieces. You will have two pretty thin slices.Place a chicken piece on a cutting board. Lay a plastic wrap over the chicken piece and pound with a mallet to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Take care not to pound too hard because the meat may tear or create holes. Do the same thing with all the chicken pieces. You should have 10 chicken pieces to the original 5.

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This picture is from when I made the dish a few years ago and posted the picture on BigOven

Season each chicken piece with a bit of salt/pepper and the remaining 2 tsp onion powder. Be careful not to over salt the chicken as it is quite thin and the cheese and ham are also salty. Bring all the other ingredients in close proximity. Take out the deli ham and place on a plate.Take cheese out…I usually like to cut the cheese slices in half in case I have to overlap them.Take a chicken piece and place a slice of ham and a slice of cheese(or 2 if you cut the original in half).Roll chicken …making sure you tuck the sides in as much as possible(this prevents the cheese from oozing out too much in the final baking time). You can secure it with a toothpick. I have, as of lately, started to omit this step. But if you are doing this for the first time, it might help to secure it with the toothpicks. Take the chicken roll and dip into the melted butter/oil…make sure all the sides are well coated.
Take the butter coated chicken roll and then roll it in the breadcrumbs/Parmesan mixture.Place in a casserole dish or plate. Finish with the rest. You can sprinkle some dried herbs of your choice if you like. I sprinkled some dried basil. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to ensure that the breadcrumbs stay put on the chicken:). When ready to bake, place each chicken roll on a parchment lined jelly roll pan(this will help with the cleaning later) making sure you don’t overcrowd them.Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 15-20 minutes. Place the pan on the top third rack. Don’t over cook the chicken. You can easily do this in a toaster oven as well.

I love everything about Tuscany and this soup is a great reminder.  I found it on the Saveur Recipe website.  It has such a hearty appeal so I couldn’t resist to share it with all.

Maybe it was the crunchy bit of bread to the side or the bits of tomato and carrot popping up to the surface.  Can’t wait to give it a try.  If you beat me to it, let me know what you think.

Image by André Baranowski

2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight
2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 rib celery, roughly chopped
1⁄2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
3⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic (3 minced, 1 halved)
10 oz. squash, such as butternut, peeled and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes(about 2 cups)
4 large kale leaves, preferably
 lacinato or cavalo nero, stemmed and chopped
1 medium waxy-style potato, peeled and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
crushed fennel seeds
8 thick slices country-style bread

1. Drain beans and transfer to a 3-qt. saucepan along with half the carrots, the celery, the onions, and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until beans are tender, 40–45 minutes. Set 3⁄4 cup beans aside; transfer the remaining beans and their cooking liquid to a blender and purée. Set puréed beans aside.

2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 5-qt. pot over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add reserved bean purée, along with the remaining carrots, the squash, kale, potato, and 1 cup water. Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the crushed fennel seeds and reserved whole beans. Meanwhile, toast the bread and rub it with the cut end of the halved garlic clove. Drizzle each toast with 1 tbsp. oil. To serve, place 1 to 2 pieces toasted bread in the bottom of soup bowls and ladle soup over the top. Drizzle soup with remaining oil.

Credits:  Author Nancy Harmon Jenkins uses olive oil three ways in this version of the venerable Italian soup: for sautéing garlic, rubbing on the toasts that accompany the dish, and finishing the soup.

Here’s a new twist on cooking salmon.  Instead of simple grilling or frying, we’ve added some parmesan cheese to the mix for a little sharpened flavor.  The fish was marinated in a lemonade mixture with garlic and Italian seasoning to give it more internal flavor.  The hash brown that are served along as a side also have the extra up-taste of the same parmesan.  There were a few problems getting the cheese to stick to the fish and not the grill so make sure your grill is on the hot side and don’t turn to soon.

Fish:
2 – 3 salmon filets
1 – 12 ounce can pink lemonade
1    teaspoon garlic salt
1   teaspoon Italian Dried Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
3  tablespoons parmesan cheese

Hash browns:
1/2 package Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash browns (the best)
salt and pepper to taste
3     tablespoons parmesan cheese

In a dish deep enough to hold the salmon filets, add lemonade, garlic salt and Italian Seasoning.  Clean the backside of the salmon and remove any brown Allow to marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator, turning if necessary.  These fish are marinating in a clay baking dishes.   Preheat grill or  oil skillet to cook the fish.

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Place the fish on the hot grill or skillet.  Add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese to the side up.  Allow to cook for around 5 minutes on the first side or until the fish no longer is sticking on the grill.  Meanwhile, heat a medium size skillet on medium high and spray with olive oil or Pam.  When warm add 1/2 package of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hashbrowns, salt, pepper and more parmesan cheese.

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Carefully turn the fish ensuring that it is not sticking to the grill.  If it appears to be sticking use a sharp edge turner to release the fish from the grill but make sure it has charred in the grill marks before turning.  Watch your potatoes, too and turn occasionally until brown.  Mash the hash browns into the pan with the turner to help them brown more quickly.

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Serve with pan fried hash browns seasoned with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.

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This is a quick to prepare chicken pasta dinner that has nice eye appeal and delicate flavor. It is recommended to use Francis Coppola Gemelli pasta that can be purchased online at their wine website. If you are unable to buy Gemelli, then substitute a wide egg noodle pasta.  To buy the pasta you can visit Francis Coppola’s food website.  They have a lot of fine Italian foods to choose.

ingredients

Ingredients

12 ounces Gemelli Pasta; Francis Coppola 1 teaspoon Paprika
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon butter for thickening
1 small onion; chopped 1 cup Chicken broth
8 ounces Fresh mushrooms; sliced 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter; to brown mushrooms 1 teaspoon Salt
1 pound Chicken breasts boneless and skinless 1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons All purpose flour; for thickening 2 tablespoon Fresh Italian parsley chopped

Preparation

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Gemelli Pasta (can substitute a wide egg noodle) and cook according to label directions and noodle is soft.

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Meanwhile, add olive oil to large saute skillet over medium high heat. Add chopped onions and saute until onions are tender and slightly browned about 2-3 minutes.
Add mushrooms and 1 tablespoon butter. Cook over medium heat until mushrooms begin to brown slightly; about 2-3 minutes.  Remove any fat from chicken and cut
into 1″x1″ chunks.

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Add last tablespoon butter, chicken, flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken browns. May need to use a flat turner to turn chicken and
other mixture to help with browning; about 3-5 minutes.

Add chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a slow simmer and cook until thickened; about 7 minutes.

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Divide the pasta among the plates and top with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley, additional paprika and serve.

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Here is a delightful Sweet n Spicy Oriental dish in a rich sauce that can be served along with white or brown.  This is an recipe that is similar to Bourbon Chicken or Orange Chicken that is lightly breaded with a rich thick sauce.

1 large boneless chicken breasts; cut into bite size pieces
1/2  cup Unbleached flour
1/4 cup Bread crumbs; Panko Japanese Style
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

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SAUCE
1/2 cup water
1 clove Fresh garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon Red pepper flakes; or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon Ginger; ground
1/4 cup Brown sugar
2 tablespoons Ketchup
1 tablespoon White wine vinegar
1/3 cup Dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons Corn starch; or more for desired thickness

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Preparation

Cut large chicken breast into 1/2 as though  were going to butterfly.  Especially if they are thick in size.  If not you will not need to cut in half.  Then cut into bite size pieces.

Place flour and Panko in medium size bowl large enough to hold chicken, Panko and flour.  Add pieces of chicken and using two forks flip slowly until all pieces are dredged in a light coating of flour and Panko Bread Crumbs.  Let rest while you prepare the skillet and heat the oil to a hot temperature.

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In a large non-stick skillet, add vegetable oil.  Allow oil to come to a medium high temperature that is hot enough for a drop of water to sizzle the oil.  Using kitchen tongs, add the chicken bits one piece at a time allowing room to turn the chicken.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 300 degrees so that you can place the chicken in the oven to continue cooking while you later prepare the sauce.

Let the chicken pieces cook 3-5 minutes per side or until the first side is lightly browned.  Turn over and brown second side another 3-5 minutes.  As pieces brown, remove from oil and place in 12x8x2 (or larger) clay or non-stick baking dish.  Add additional pieces to the skillet as room allows and continue to brown as before.  After the last chicken is browned, remove from skillet and place remaining pieces one layer deep in the baking dish.  Place baking dish in oven while sauce is prepared and until it has simmered at least 10 minutes.

SAUCE:

Using a paper towel, remove excess oil from the skillet.  Mix together all sauce ingredients except corn starch in the skillet and bring to a boil.  Turn down and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add corn starch a little at a time until the sauce begins to thicken.

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Make sure sauce has thickened before adding the first chicken.  Add chicken pieces to sauce and stir gently to coat.  Continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes at a slow simmer.  Add more corn starch if necessary to ensure sauce coats chicken and is of a gravy like nature.

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May 2013: More delicate version that I preferred.
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October 2013: Had more soy sauce or brown sugar. Too robust for oriental fried rice.

 

Serve along side or over white rice or brown rice.