Fried Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu represents all that is good in French Cuisine. Simple to prepare and easy to cook, this recipe abounds with taste. The use of herbs in this recipe is optional. I like to mix herbs with the breadcrumbs and others prefer to mix them with the cheese and ham in the center of the chicken breast.

I was first served this dish in the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo and loved it so much that a colleague and I conspired to tempt the chef to join our organization for a much higher wage. Surely this says something special about this recipe. Submitted by David McCarthy, Australia

Ingredients

  • 4 Half chicken breasts, boned and skin removed
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 3 strips of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (I've also seen crushed corn flakes used)
  • Flour
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh rosemary (Halve the amount if using ground)
  • Pinch of Paprika.
  • Cook in vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a skillet. Olive oil will not achieve the temperature required for frying chicken.

Method

Slice a pocket into each chicken breast and insert diced ham and the strip of cheese. Use a toothpick to hold the pocket closed.

Mix the flour with the rosemary and paprika - lay out on a plate for coating the breasts.

Have the egg in another plate and the crumbs in a third plate.

Bring the oil up to frying temperature (quite hot.

Coat the first breast with flour, shaking off the excess. Roll it in egg and then roll it in crumbs and drop into the hot oil.

Quickly repeat the process with each of the other breasts.

Cook until brown on the outside and the cheese has melted on the inside.

Serves 4.

Ideal with a glass of chilled dry Reisling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Variations

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