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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels
35 Min

A classic French dish that's quick and easy to make. Impossible, you say? Let us show you how you can surprise yourself and your gang...

What You'll Need

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves (1 to 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 pound sliced Swiss cheese (6 slices)
  • 1/4 pound thinly-sliced deli ham (4 slices)
  • 1/2 cup flavored bread crumbs
  • Paprika for sprinkling

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 7- x 11-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Between 2 pieces of waxed paper, gently pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness with a mallet or rolling pin. Evenly sprinkle each piece of chicken with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on top of each chicken breast half. Roll each breast jelly roll-style and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place in prepared baking dish and sprinkle chicken evenly with bread crumbs. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove from oven and place 1 cheese slice on top of each chicken piece and sprinkle with paprika. Return to oven 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.  Remove toothpicks before serving.


Regular styles of Swiss cheese and deli-style ham tend to be naturally salty, so if you'd rather not add the extra salt, that's fine.

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I shared this site w my niece, who is learning to cook bake. Best site on the internet for it. The recipe is a keeper, but I want to share w MrFood...I added a thin layer of orange marmalade to the ham and swiss layer before rolling. Hey Howdy what a burst of flavor. Really good!! Thanks for everything !

My wife loved this. It was OK, happy wife happy life. (she didn't have to cook)

Is it possible to make this using chicken thighs?

I make this a lot for myself, adjusting the amounts of course. Other than a few spice additions, I find that if you have it, fresh basil leaves layered in the mix adds a wonderful taste. Just a thought you might like to try.

I must of done something wrong, my chicken came out dry & I had cheese everywhere, any suggestions? Can this be made with thighs instead? Thanks!!

Hello! If your chicken was dry, it may have been cooked too long. Try cooking it for 20 minutes. Did you pound out your chicken before rolling with the cheese and ham? You could make this recipe using chicken thighs, but chicken thigh meat does take longer to cook, and the cheese will definitely ooze out. Let us know how it turns out!

Ctoney88, I am not on a "diet" to lose weight but due to a couple of health issues I have to eat low-fat but my family does not. I love this site to make them tasty food and tweek it for my needs. I am sure others have the same idea as I do. Please have a little compassion for those less fortunate than you. ( my dietary restrictions are heritary, not self inflicted.) Thanks for your understanding.

I'm on restrictions too. I don't use the salt, and instead of swiss...add a layer of fresh orange to the roll, and omit the cheese. You will feel really good, your program will thank you.

Why do you people try to make this site a diet, low fat, etc recipe site! it is not. Go to cooking light or some other site!!!!!


I don't think CarolEsse66 is trying to make this a diet site. She just said that she loves the site to make her family tasty meals and tweeks the meals for herself.

Always having loved the combination of ham and Swiss cheese, but not one for all the stuffing, rolling up etc. I take chicken breasts, pound them flat or even cut them in half horizontally eggwash and put breadcrumbs on them and fry them quickly in a little butter. Top them, when lightly browned with good ham and Swiss and shove them under the broiler. Same ingredients and yummy.

I made this last night, using crushed Sweet Chili rice cakes and beer can chicken seasoning instead of bread crumbs. It added just the right zing and there were NO leftovers!

If you leave the breadcrumbs out of this recipe, you will have virtually no Carbs.

I usually roll the chicken roll in beaten egg before rolling in bread crumbs.

I have another Mr. Food recipe that is almost identical to this one that is titled Chicken Cordon Bleu that includes the egg to dip in before the crumbs. This recipe needs to correct the number of slices of Swiss cheese to 8. 4 to roll up in the chicken breast and 4 to melt on top for the last step.


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