Chicken Cordon Bleu

The other day when we announced that Tony had colon cancer, MaryBe left a comment that said “if pink is for breast cancer, is brown for colon cancer?!”   I laughed when I read that!  Tony took it seriously though, and came up with our badge:

it's now on his Facebook page too! 😀

We are both a bit nervous for today’s doctors appointment with the surgeon.  Sometimes there is too much information on the internet – we both thought that taking out this tumor would be routine surgery, but it is anything but that.  We are hoping that they can do laproscopic surgery, which would reduce his hospital and recovery time.  If they have to go through his abdomen, its a 10 day hospital stay and six weeks of recovery.  I guess I am kind of glad we know a little more before going in, but its still scary. 😦

I ended up making a breakfast pizza on a Flat Out bread.  Not as huge a fan using it this way – the dough in the middle was really “raw” tasting, and it was hard to eat.  I ended up eating it like a taco.

8 points

And while I don’t think I’ll ever like a runny egg yolk, I didn’t cook this egg as much and I liked it!

I was reading Renee of My Kitchen Adventure’s blog the other day and she had a great idea.  Using a box of cauliflower with cheese sauce to make a quick mac n cheese.  My store routinely sells these packages 10 for $10 and a had a couple left in my freezer.

I had 4 ounces of leftover pasta from the night before, and this came together really quick.  I liked it, but I don’t think there was enough protein because I was really hungry when dinner time came around, and I didn’t eat lunch until after my treadmill workout at around 1:30 in the afternoon.   It also had a very Velveeta tasting cheese to me – I am used to my mac n cheeses with Cabot cheese, so I guess I am a bit spoiled.  😀

8 Points

I have to tell you that when I told Tony we were having Chicken Cordon Bleu, he immediately thought of a bland, “diet” version that I’ve come up with in the past, not the frozen ones that he used to eat as a young adult – you know the ones that after you cook them and cut into them, a pool of butter oozes all over your plate?

So while there is not any butter in this recipe, I believe they score high because of the crunch factor – and I only used a tablespoon of oil and Pam to fry them in before hitting the oven.  Tony still misses the butter though!

Chicken Cordon Bleu (printer friendly version here)

Course: main meals

PointsPlus™ Value:    10

Servings:  4

Preparation Time:  10 min

Cooking Time:  25 min

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate


  • 1 pound(s) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin to about 1/2 an inch
  • 2 oz lean deli-sliced honey ham
  • 2 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella cheeses
  • 2 item(s) egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs


Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, flatten out 4 pieces of chicken to about 1/2 inch thick.

Place the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs on separate plates. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Put a slice (1/2 ounce) of ham onto each piece of chicken, then 1/2 an ounce of mozzarella cheese, and carefully roll the chicken breast up.

Dip the chicken in seasoned flour, then the beaten egg, and finally the breadcrumbs.

Heat olive oil and Pam in non-stick skillet to medium-high heat.  Place chicken in the hot oil, seam side down, and fry for 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Transfer to an oven safe dish (or cook in cast iron skillet that is oven safe) and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes.

Dinner with a cup of green beans and 1/4 cup cooked brown rice - 11 points

I thought these were delicious – the chicken was crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside, and I got the salty taste of the ham and cheese in each bite. 😀

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 27 Points (first time I didn’t use all of them!)
  • 45 minute treadmill workout – 5 mph run/5 minutes
  • Average blood sugar 107

Have a great day!

40 thoughts on “Chicken Cordon Bleu

  1. The cordon bleu sounds good!

    Love the new cancer logo, even though I’m not a fan of swearing. 🙂 Hope everything goes well today! My prayers and thoughts are with you!

  2. That ribbon badge is perfect! I’ll be thinking of you both and hoping things sound good from the surgeon today.

    Your chicken cordon bleu looks SO GOOD! Much, much better then the Barber brand that I used to buy (way too often) in the past. But…I think Tony is remembering chicken Kiev, with the butter, not cordon bleu. So sad that I know this (how did I get fat, again?!?), but the Kiev has the butter and herbs that come out when you cut into it, and the cordon bleu has the ham and melty cheese that oozes out. Gah! I think I’ll go eat a salad to atone for just KNOWING all of that! 😉

  3. fitandfortysomething

    i am so sorry to hear the news but know you have a strong connected family that will get tony through this. now a days people beat cancer. love his badge!

  4. I like chicken corden bleu & there’s a local pub here that makes a grilled chicken sandwich topped with swiss, ham, and mustard on a toasted bun that’s pretty amazing!

  5. ah…sorry the mac and cheese wasn’t your cup o tea! Maybe some added chicken would boost the protein. It was fine for me the way it was. You are correct, it is ALOT like velveeta or kraft box mac and cheese, and while I like the homemade stuff with better cheese too….this reminds me a bit of my childhood, and that comforts me! Haha

    I made a points friendly version of chicken cordon bleu this week as well…yummy. One piece left, might be my lunch today!

    Love the cancer symbol. Keep fighting the good fight, and stay off the internet. When I had my hyster last year, I was researching on the net, and well, came to a point where I just had to stop. There were a lot of neg stuff I found, and my operation turned out to be anything butt. ( ha…no pun intended!)

  6. Love the new badge! I’ll be praying for you and Tony today.

    Chicken cordon blue is great!

  7. I love the ribbon! I know it’s a scary thing, and you have all of my prayers coming your way. I do love that you and Tony can still laugh a little in the face of it–Fuck Colon Cancer!

  8. Tony, LOVE that badge. You have to get tht made into a magnet to put on the back of your car! 🙂

    Chicken cordon bleu is something that my hubby has been begging me to make for a while. I used to make it full fat version. So yum. Excuse me while I drool a little.

    ((HUGS)) to you guys. You’re in my thoughts so often and especially today as you visit the surgeon. Wish I were closer to give you a real hug. And to eat your leftover chicken. I’m always willing to lend a hand like that.

  9. I love how creative people are…brown for colon cancer. I like and I don’t mind the swearing at all 🙂

  10. Have you ever tried using butter-flavored Pam? It’s a pretty good substitute. I’ve even used it instead of butter for grilled cheese. (shhhh… don’t tell Tony!)

  11. The logo is awesome, good luck with the doctor’s appointment. Your chicken cordon bleu looks excellent!

  12. MmMmM looks like a great dish

  13. Crossing my fingers for you both today!!!

    I’m not a fan of the flatouts unless they are crisp so I prebake my flatouts first for about 5 mins and then bake it again with the toppings.

    Ooo…I think Errign’s onto something with the sandwich idea! Slap your cordon bleu on a bun with frank’s red hot? Yummmmmmm!!!!

  14. Hey – caught your comment at Dave’s “My Year on the Grill” blog and popped over here because of your name. My daughter is Biz (short for Elizabeth) and we don’t meet all that many Bizes in this world, so I thought I’d say hello.

    I’m sorry to hear about Tony’s diagnosis, but from what I’m reading here, you guys have the best mindset. Love the logo and the sentiment.

    Nice to meet you both.

  15. First, this looks fantastic!

    Second, coming from the queen of reading stressful things on the internet, I just wanted to agree with the person above suggesting not to do that as much as possible. When my dad had colon cancer that’s all I did and it made me miserable. It feels like such a waste now, because the complications he did have I hadn’t even read about, and he’s one of the healthiest, happiest people I know today. Keeping you both in my prayers!

  16. Love your badge. So glad that you guys have each other, so sorry you have to go through this! Email me anytime, okay?

    Oh, and Shelley’s comment cracked me up 🙂

  17. I’m thinking about both of you today. You need to make a Fook Cancer badge that people can put on their sites. The fook so those of us with non-swearing policies (I have one for my ads) can put it up.

  18. Thinking of both of you today. Good luck!

  19. Sometimes it isn’t good to do so much researching before you speak with the surgeon. The internet can get you all worked up and hopefully it will be more smooth of a process than you have been reading about.

    I am glad you two continue to keep your chins up and fight head on!

  20. i LOVE the badge! i laughed out loud when i saw it. you guys should make them into buttons to pass out to friends.

    the cordon bleu looks awesome, it’s one of my faves, and i love how you lightened it up!

  21. Bleh Velveeta tastes like rotten turds! Cabot all the way!

  22. I had the same issue making a FlatOut pizza myself. I tried baking just the bread for about 5 minutes prior to adding toppings and baking a 2nd time.

    Will be thinking of you both today and sending up some prayers!

  23. Tell Tony we’ve got his back(side) and we’re behind him all the way. Thinking of you both today

  24. Your food always looks so darn good!

  25. You don’t like runny egg yolks?? But they’re so tasty! 🙂 My favourite is a super runny poached egg oozing over toast.

    Also a make-shift taco is awesome.

    Sending good wishes for Tony.

  26. I love the badge! I hope everything goes well for you guys – I’m thinking about you! 🙂

  27. oh man, brown? LOL!!!! I just laughed so hard.

    I hope the surgery can be laproscopic. The recovery sounds pretty intense. I’ll be thinking of you guys today. Colon cancer has affected both my family and Andy’s so it’s something that I want GONE asap. EFF cancer!

  28. Love. The. Logo!
    I am thinking about you guys.

  29. First off – I can’t believe I didn’t comment earlier [I am slacker!] but I think the brown ribbon is awesome and I AM wearing one. Perfect.

    Second – I know I always tell you I am making your stuff – and we do, but I never document it.

    Third – HAA! We made the chicken cordon bleu tonight [YAY] it was so freaking easy – and it looks delicious. I am blogging about this – total credit to you of course.

    The thing is – this is my sister’s all time favorite dish – and I have never made it – so I thank you for the recipe – because we are seeing her next month and I promised to make it for her. Double YAY [Also, because I am a meanie little sister I have been texting her all day telling her what I was making. giggle…thank god she loves me.]

    Hugs, much much love to you both and thanks.

  30. I love chicken cordon bleu!! Yours looks great!

    I love the ribbon! I hope that today went well with the doctor!

  31. I am thinking of you both! Good eats as usual!

  32. I love the badge! This is a very scary time, no doubt…my thoughts are with you guys.

    This chicken cordon bleu looks so good!

  33. I will be thinking of Tony. One day at a time….right?

    I have not made Chicken Cordon Bleu is a very long time. That is something the whole family will actually eat.

  34. Like Debs, I’m not a fan of swearing either but I have to say I love the badge anyway! So cool. That’s funny about the mac and cheese-I’ve often thought of mixing a package of broccoli and cheese with chicken for a quick dinner but never thought of using pasta. Must try!

  35. Oh no, I’m just catching up *hugs* I’m so sorry you, Tony, and your family are dealing with this – love your badge and attitude – he’ll beat it!!!

  36. Totally worth 10 points. Yum!

  37. Sorry I’m a bit late here but I wanted to say I love tony’s logo!

  38. thehealthyjunky

    Thinking of you Biz. I have been reading your post on my phone, but too busy to comment lately. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Screw cancer 🙂

  39. Ok the brown ribbon is hysterical! Sending good thoughts your way!

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