7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu

7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu

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We think you’ll enjoy this 7 ingredient pesto chicken cordon bleu. It will take you just under an hour to prep and serve! This dish serves 4 to 6 people, depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

This isn’t a version that has a breading. Instead we use pre-made pesto from a grocery store to top each cordon bleu. The benefit of doing this is that the chicken comes out juicy and is loaded with flavor. We serve it with a side of arugula salad, rice & black beans. The salad doesn’t compete with the chicken because it has a simple vinaigrette of lemon and olive oil.

7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu

7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu

This recipe makes 4 to 6 servings, depending on your appetite and how you’re serving it. Using gouda gives this a unique flavor. Feel free to experiment with the cheeses. In this batch, we used smoked gouda, mozzarella and provolone. For an added hint of smokiness, we used smoked applewood ham. There’s no need for salt, since the cheeses and pesto will provide enough.

7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Gather your ingredients – 1 Tbs. olive oil, 4 chicken breasts, 4 slices applewood smoked ham, 4 slices of your favorite cheese, 4 Tbs. Pesto, 2 Tbs. Shredded Mozzarella, 4 tsp. garlic, 4 tsp. smoked paprika & 4 tsp. rosemary.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Coat bottom of baking tray with 1 Tbs. olive oil.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 in. thickness. This will help roll it easier. I use parchment paper over the top to keep the mess down. The mallet stays clean! Who doesn’t like one less thing to clean?
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Spread 1 tsp. of garlic on each chicken breast.
Sprinkle 1 tsp. of smoked paprika & rosemary on each chicken breast.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Evenly place smoked applewood ham on top of chicken breasts.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Evenly place cheese on top of chicken breasts.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Evenly place cheese on top of chicken breasts.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Roll each breast and secure closed with 2 toothpicks.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Place seam side down in baking tray and spread 1 Tbs. of pesto over the top of each chicken.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Bake for 35 minutes and sprinkle with mozzarella, if desired. Serve when mozzarella is melted.
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Serve with a salad and rice. Enjoy!
7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu
Serve with a salad and rice. Enjoy!

7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ingredients

  1. Olive Oil – 1 Tbs.
  2. Boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts – 4
  3. Minced Garlic – 4 tsp.
  4. Smoked Paprika / Rosemary – 4 tsp. of each
  5. Applewood Smoked Ham – 4 slices
  6. Smoked Gouda, Provolone, Havarti or Mozzarella – 4 slices
  7. Pesto – 4 Tbs.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Coat bottom of baking pan with olive oil and set aside.
  3. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 in. thickness. This will help roll it easier.
  4. Spread 1 tsp. of garlic on each chicken breast.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of smoked paprika & rosemary on each chicken breast.
  6. Evenly place smoked applewood ham on top of chicken breasts.
  7. Evenly place cheese on top of chicken breasts.
  8. Roll each breast and secure closed with 2 toothpicks.
  9. Place seam side down in baking tray and spread 1 Tbs. of pesto over the top of each chicken.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes and sprinkle with mozzarella, if desired. Serve when mozzarella melts.

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7 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Cordon Bleu

What cheese do you like to use in your chicken cordon bleu recipe? If you like this, be sure to check out Our Cookery’s Lemon Parmesan Potatoes.

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18 Comments

  1. I don’t eat meat but this looks good! I’m sure my boyfriend will love this !

     
  2. I will eat ANYTHING with pesto! I love your images and how they make following your steps to easy. Thanks for the great summer recipe!!

     
  3. ktmommyscene

    This looks delicious! My husband loves making Chicken Cordon Bleu.

     
  4. themomproviser

    Great recipe. I’ve never actually used a sauce with chicken cordon bleu, so I will definitely have to try this pesto. Thanks for keeping it simple. Perfect for moms on the go!

     
  5. These look so good, love easy recipes! Might have to try this!

     
  6. Lynn White

    This looks good. I’d leave out the bacon. I’ve never had it with pesto before. Nice to try something new!

     
  7. This looks so delicious! I love the idea of using gouda cheese. I’m going to pin this for sure!

     
  8. I’ve never attempted this but you make it look so easy!

     
  9. It sounds delicious! I pinned it to try! I’ve never made chicken cordon bleu myself, but I remember the chef at my sorority house making it all the time in college. It was so yummy!

     

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