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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Baking this delicious classic entrée on a bed of rice creates an easy make-ahead meal in one dish.

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30 min
Prep Time
08 hrs 55 min
Total Time



4 (4-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 (1-ounce) slices deli ham, cut in half

4 (2x1x1/4-inch) slices Land O Lakes® Hot Pepper Monterey Jack Cheese


1/4 cup seasoned dried bread crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon paprika

1 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Butter, melted


1 (6-ounce) box long grain rice and vermicelli with chicken flavored sauce

2 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Cut a 3-inch slit in each chicken breast to form a pocket. Insert 1/2 slice ham and 1 slice cheese. Place onto large plate.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all topping ingredients in bowl; mix well. Top each chicken breast with 2 heaping tablespoons topping. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine all rice ingredients, including spice packet, in greased 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Cover; bake 10 minutes. Uncover; stir. Place chicken breasts over rice. Continue baking, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until chicken reaches at least 165°F and juices run clear when pierced with fork.

Tip #1

Freeze and Bake Later Method: Prepare chicken as directed but do not bake. Cover tightly with aluminum foil; freeze up to 3 months. To thaw, place in refrigerator for 24 hours or until thawed. Heat oven to 400°F. Bake, covered, 10 minutes. Uncover; continue baking 15-20 minutes or until chicken reaches at least 165°F and juices run clear when pierced with fork.

Nutrition (1 serving)

540 Calories
25 Fat (g)
130 Cholesterol (mg)
1180 Sodium (mg)
37 Carbohydrates (g)
2 Dietary Fiber
40 Protein (g)
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