Atkin’s Friendly Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients

  • 5 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 5 slices cooked ham
  • 7 slices Swiss cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2. Wrap each chicken breast in Saran wrap.

Step 3. Pound out each chicken breast until they are about a ¼ inch thickness.

Step 4. Season each side of the chicken breasts with all the seasonings. It may help to mix all seasonings in a small dish and pinch out the desired amount to be sprinkled on chicken.

Step 5. Place each chicken breast on a cooking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with cooking oil.

Step 6. Place a strip of cheese over the chicken and then place a strip of ham over the cheese.

Step 7. Roll each chicken breast up into a small roll and secure with a toothpick if needed.

Step 8. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken appears fully cooked.

Step 9. For a cheesy sauce over the Cordon Bleu, place an extra strip of cheese over each breast and bake for another 3-5 minutes.

Step 10. Remove from oven and allow the breasts to rest for about ten minutes. After 10 minutes or so, cut each breast into inch wide sections. Serve as an entrée or as an appetizer.

My family absolutely loves this recipe. The only part about the recipe that is different from a traditional Cordon Bleu dish is the breadcrumbs. My family doesn’t know any difference and I don’t miss the breadcrumbs a bit, especially with all the cheesy goodness. I experimented with this dish once by using bacon instead of ham. Bacon, as most would agree, makes everything taste better and this dish was no exception. I only include the ham because that is traditional. Dipping sauces are always a good idea if this dish is to be served as an appetizer. All white salad dressings are safe to consume on the Atkins diet, so I will use Ranch dressing or blue cheese sometimes for a little boost.

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