WHAT IS CHICKEN CORDON BLEU?
Think of Chicken Cordon Bleu as a ham and cheese sandwich wrapped with chicken instead of between two slices of bread. Traditional Swiss cheese is usually used in Cordon Bleu. In our version we use Appenzeller another cheese made in Switzerland. Appenzeller has a more robust flavor so it can hold its own alongside the other ingredients. While there are several different kinds of this Swiss cheese, your local store most likely only has the most popular kind, so go with that! In terms of classical French names, the name “Cordon Bleu” or blue ribbon was a symbol of knighthood long ago. Some people theorize that this recipe was inspired by Chicken Kiev. The Cordon Bleu version’s beginnings are unknown, though its’ origin story is sometimes confused with that of Coronation Chicken for Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension.
SUGGESTIONS WHEN MAKING CHICKEN CORDON BLEU
- Can I Choose the Breadcrumbs?
In this recipe we use classic breadcrumbs. For a crunchier Cordon Bleu consider using panko flakes instead. Regardless of the breadcrumbs that you use, you’ll only be browning the stuffed chicken breasts in a frying pan then transferring to a baking dish where the real cooking occurs.
- Can I Use Other Types of Cheese?
Sure! But remember that you want the dairy to add to the overall flavor, not overwhelm it.
WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH CHICKEN CORDON BLEU?
Some sauteed green beans or asparagus (peeled since the skin is astringent like a carrot), a nice side salad or even some sourdough bread are decent pairings. Tasty beverage-wise, a crisp Riesling white wine or even a red Pinot Noir will hold up well. (written by Chef Stef)