Chicken cordon bleu is a marvelous delicacy that brings together tender chicken breast, savory ham, and melt-in-your-mouth cheese. This dish can be prepared in the oven. The common temperature to use is 375 degrees. So how long to bake chicken cordon bleu in oven at 375 degrees? In this post, I like to give an answer to this question as well as some tips on the chicken cordon bleu recipe.
It takes 30 minutes to bake chicken cordon bleu at 375 degrees in the oven. This will provide the chicken roll with an elegant crust and tender and appetizing interior stuffing. The cheese will turn melty and the chicken will be very juicy, making each bite into pure satisfaction.
You can also choose to cook chicken cordon bleu at 400 degrees in the oven for 25 minutes. This will render the coating slightly crispier. You may love it, if you are a fan of crunchy food. Speaking of what’s inside, the breast will come out tender and succulent while the ham and cheese will complete it with additional tenderness and savoriness. The result is pretty much the same as at 375 degrees. The main difference is the tougher and browner exterior crisp.
If you are not that much into tough and brown coating, you can bake the cordon bleu at 350 degrees in the oven. The crust will turn pretty thin and come out with almost no crunch. Inside the roll, you will get an explosion of flavors and impressively tender meat and cheese that will make your guests ask for a second round. Make sure you are not pressed for time if you choose to bake at 350 degrees F, as it takes 35-40 minutes to bring the chicken cordon bleu to perfection.
I have to say that after numerous trials, I find chicken cordon bleu is best cooked at 375 degrees F. It’s a wonderful temperature that gives the roll a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and a bold crispiness. The meaty breast is infused with the irresistible flavors of seasonings and cheese, while the ham is cooked just right and bursts with smoky and savory aromas. The bake time of 30 minutes also offers you the opportunity to cook a filling side dish, or just do the last preparations around the house before the guests arrive.
There are a number of recipes on the internet for this dish. But this recipe to bake chicken cordon bleu is my personal favourite.
Of course, cutting down the baking time in half is not possible, but you can do some tricks to win some precious minutes. For example, you can turn on the broiler for a few minutes to cook the chicken cordon bleu. The chicken will bake a bit faster and come out with a dark brown and tough coating. If you are a crunchy food fan, you will definitely like this. But if you not, you can turn on the convection to force hot air to circulate around the roll to speed up the roll’s cooking while not delivering a super crispy exterior.
If you are not in the mood for cooking sides for chicken cordon bleu, you can brighten up the cordon bleu with dijon sauce. This creamy and tangy dip complements greatly the richness and savoriness of the roll.
A perfect match for this main course that takes hardly any effort to prepare is steamed rice with veggies. This starchy and filling dish is an indispensable partner for the protein-rich cordon bleu. Don’t hesitate to go for a big casserole of roasted vegetables, a plate of garlic mashed potatoes, or a generous serving of balsamic-glazed green beans. These delicious sides will put chicken cordon bleu in the best light taste-wise.
Chicken cordon bleu is actually ham slices and cheese wrapped by chicken breast meat. The chicken breast meat has to be flatten to a thin layer so that it is easy to wrap around the ham and cheese. Another reason to flatten to a thin layer is so that it is easy to have a bit that will have all 3 ingredients – chicken, ham and cheese in the same bite.
No. Chicken cordon bleu is not French. But cordon bleu is a French word which means blue ribbon which signifies excellence as the blue ribbon are similar to the sash worn by French knights. Chicken cordon bleu actually comes from Switzerland.
For the chicken cordon bleu internal temperature, it should be taken at the chicken breasts as the chicken breast will take longer than the ham to cook. The internal temp for the chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit for it to be cooked.