Chicken Cordon Bleu

I had a leftover baked potato 5 ounces), so I scooped out the insides and scrambled that with 1/2 cup egg whites, baby spinach, 1 ounce of ham.  When I got to work, I put the empty potato shells in my convection toaster oven for a few minutes while I reheated the scrambled eggs.  Then I stuffed them, sprinkled with 1 ounce of cheddar cheese and put them under the broiler.  I really love this toaster oven we have at work!

with some canteloupe: 363 calories, 40 carbs, 27 protein, 10.5 fat and 4.8 fiber

This surprisingly kept me full for a long time!  I went to the gym, did a bike machine trail that I thought was going to be easy, but it turned out to be really hard, which is a good thing!  I mean, if I am making the effort to go, I may as well give it all I have, right?   At one point, a sign on the imaginary road I ride on said “heads up, 1.8 hill climb ahead!”  In all with the warm up and cool down, I biked just over 8 miles.

Lunch was more red beans and rice leftovers!!  Except instead of using tortilla chips to dip, I used sliced cucumbers, and it was a great combo.

perfect bite, and I realize I need a manicure - stat! 395 calories, 45 carbs, 28 protein, 12 fat and 9.5 fiber

Does anyone get Cuisine at Home Magazine?  I don’t think I’ve ever really subscribed to it, but every once in a while I get a complimentary issue.  This month’s issue had a recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole.

here is how it looked in the magazine

adding the apple juice and chicken broth to make the sauce

I bought two sesame kaiser rolls.  After chopping off the top and removing as much bread on the inside as possible, I got two 2 oz. rolls.

after all the ingredients are incorporated - ready to stuff

1/2 ounce ham on the bottom

stuffed

1.5 ounce thick slice of mozzarella on top

my plate out of the oven 😀

delicious!

I absolutely loved the thyme sauce around the side, um, Tony?  Not so much!  He had visions of a cheese sauce while I was making it, so first bite he didn’t really like it.  He liked the inside, except next time, no broccoli for him 😀

Here’s the kicker though.  After putting it through caloriecount to see the nutrtion after I ate it I realized the nutrition was already in the book!  Ready for it?  My serving: 820 calories, 39 fat, 41 carbs, 3 fiber and 73 grams of protein! No wonder it was so good!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Rolls

I reduced the amount of butter to 1 tablespoon and omitted the scallions.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
12 ounces boneless chicken breast
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup broccoli
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
4 ounce rolls
2 ounce deli ham
3 ounce mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Melt butter. Add diced chicken and cook for 5 minutes until slightly browned.
  2. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for one minute, drain and set aside.
  3. Add flour to chicken and stir for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and apple juice, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in cream, Parmesan, mustard and thyme. Simmer until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add broccoli, salt, pepper and cayenne, reduce heat to low.
  6. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Hollow out the rolls. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove and place ham on the bottom of the roll, split chicken mixture in half (reserving the sauce) into each roll. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Finish under the broiler for 3 – 4 minutes until the cheese is all melty.
  8. Serve sauce evenly around each bowl.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 1613 calories
  • 131 carbs
  • 131 protein
  • 62 cat
  • 17.6 fiber
  • 45 minute 8.2 mile bike ride/warmup/cool down

Remember the crack pretzels I talked about yesterday?  No wonder they are so good!  Here is the recipe:

  • 3 pound bag of pretzels
  • 1 bottle Orville Redenbacher butter oil
  • 1 package hidden valley ranch mix
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

You mix everything together, and over the course of two days, you just keep tossing it every couple of hours.  The oil and seasonings absorb into the pretzels, and my friend says at about day 3 they become the crack pretzels.  Boy are they good!

Happy Hump Day!

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33 thoughts on “Chicken Cordon Bleu

  1. As always, AMAZING food! I’m so impressed that all your food always looks so good and special!!! Love that you used cucumbers instead of chips for the rice and beans dish. Great idea! And dinner looks like a work of art!

    Happy Wednesday!

  2. I used to love potato and egg breakfast tacos (with lots of salsa, natch) and your egg scramble with the potatoes reminds me of them…I will have to remember to make this!

    WOW on the cordon bleu – your version looks BETTER than the magazine’s!!!

  3. Wow, that Chicken Cordon Bleu looks delicious! You win the award on who’s was better looking! 🙂

  4. I get Cuisine at Home and I agree with Shelley – your version looks better than the magazines!

    Thanks for sharing the crack pretzel recipe. While it may not be something I’d make all the time, they sound perfect as a party food to me!

  5. That Cordon Bleu roll looks amazing!! What a cool idea. Great pictures of it too–hope one makes it on Foodgawker. And it doesn’t look like you’re overly in need of a manicure to me–your nail is nice and neat and clean!

  6. That chicken cordon bleu casserole looks really good. Andy really likes chicken cordon bleu and ate it often as a kid but I’m a terrible wife for never making it for him! This I think I could do.

  7. Wow, you had me at Chicken Cordon Bleu. It’s one of my all time favorites. And stuffed in a bread bowl??? Even better! HOLY YUM!

  8. You’re killing me over here. Your version looks even better than the magazine. Oh my, those stuff potato shells. Everything got stuffed! 🙂

    Why does my stomach start to growl every single time I visit your blog? LOL

  9. The magazine’s picture makes the dish look like day old danish to me. Yours is definitely more appetizing looking!

  10. Oh my gosh this looks good! You are so creative with using leftovers too Biz!

  11. Wow, the Chicken Cordon Bleu rolls look amazing! The melted cheese and the thyme on top – yum!

  12. Those are so pretty! And totally – I hate when I put in the stats after the fact. It’s always downright shocking! (either too low or too high!) Wonder what made it jump so high? The cream or the cheese or both? Boo!

  13. that’s just… breathtaking! You are amazing!!!!!

  14. The Chicken Cordon Bleu Rolls recipe sounds and looks awesome!! Wow. I’d devour that baby!

  15. Great recipe, love the photos!

    Not sure why I get Cuizine at home either, but it comes… have to check out the recipe

  16. Very nice! The Chicken Cordon Bleu Rolls looks wonderful. I love the photos.

  17. I love chicken cordon bleu…in a roll looks fabulous! Saw a pic of myself and know I have got to get healthy, so I bought two weight watchers cookbookds and have cooked from them for the past five days. It has been surprisingly delicious…I really thought I’d be missing all my southern foods. Right now, I am only missing mac and cheese and chocolate, of course!

  18. Wow, everything you make always looks so good. This time as soon as i read the title i got excited. I must be needing some good healthy comfort food, and everything you made looks incredible. The healthy loaded potato, the soup in a bowl, everything just delicious. I can’t wait until it’s a little cooler and i can heat up the house with yummy soups and bread.

  19. The stuffed potatoes. Your colleagues at work must be ready to gang up on you and steal your food with all the wonderful things coming out of that convection oven.

  20. Wow, those rolls look great! You should open up a B & B, so we can all come taste your cooking!

  21. Your’s looks so much more amazing. OMGoodness that looks amazing. Do you by chance know the sodium content? I don’t count calories, but have to watch my sodium intake, but I think I could forgo a whole day of sodium just to eat one those beauties. I do I am definitely making them for my family. Thank you so much for the recipe. [And I love th baked potato breakfast – I can’t wait to send that to work with my husband. YUM awesome idea.]

    • Yikes! 920 mg of sodium! But, I think if you left the ham out, that would shave off at least 300 or 400 – I had no idea how much sodium deli ham has in it!

      Let me know how the baked potato breakfasts turn out for you! 😀

      • Thank you so much for posting this so quickly – my family is salivating as we speak, heehee. I knew the ham would be high, but I [myself] can absolutely live without it. The rest is amazing too. :)Your food is so yummy and beautiful – the potato is going to work on Friday. I will definitely let you know. Take care and thanks again.

  22. Haha, I love how you did the calorie count after you had eaten it! Very smart!!! It looks absolutely amazing, and I think it’s something Kevin would eat. This is going on THE list.

    Nice work on the bike at the gym too! Sigh, I need to get back into my gym routine. Blah.

  23. oh my goodness, cheesy stuffed bread bull, awesome!!

  24. i meant bowl, lol, i must be tired!

  25. the most beautiful chicken cordon bleu ive ever seen!! not kidding on the level of deliciousness that this hits!! sadly ive only ever had the frozen kind.. the quick nuke and serve variety that CLEARLY is no where near yours. this has to win an award, or something!! ❤ ❤

  26. I just found your blog for the first time and I am in culinary heaven! Love the recipes and the awesome photos. I will be back to look at more. Everything looks amazing!

  27. Hi! Me again. Would it be okay to link this post on my blog? I would like to share your amazing food with my readers. Thanks.

    • I would be flattered – thanks! 😀

      • YAY! I am going to post it tonight after I make & take pics – I didn’t want to steal yours [although they are so much prettier than mine will ever be. hee]

        Your comment on my blog cracked me up – yep, definitely Wallene [her Dad’s FB profile pic is of the two of them as the Frankestien couple. :)]

        Thank you again.

  28. whoa, that chicken cordon bleu casserole looks awesome! But holy cow! haha those stats are crazy!

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