Chicken Cordon Bleu

Turn this classic chicken entree into a make-ahead appetizer by chilling the cheese-filled chicken breasts and then cutting into slices to serve.

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  • 5 skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves
  • 1 5 ounce container semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • 2 1/2 ounces very thinly sliced fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup fine dry seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Nonstick spray coating
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
Place each chicken breast half, between pieces of clear plastic wrap. Working from the center to the edges, pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thick. Remove plastic wrap. Spread chicken with cheese. Place ham, cutting to fit, over each chicken breast. Fold in the long sides of the chicken and roll up into a spiral starting from the short edge. Secure with wooden toothpicks.
Combine bread crumbs and parsley in a shallow dish. Dip chicken rolls first in milk and then into the bread crumb mixture to coat.
Spray a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick coating. Place chicken rolls, seam side down, in prepared baking dish. Drizzle with melted margarine or butter.
Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned and chicken is tender and no longer pink. Remove rolls and chill for 1 to 24 hours.
To serve, slice each roll crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve chilled. Makes about 40 servings.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 40, Fat, total (g) 2, chol. (mg) 8, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 1, fiber (g) 0, pro. (g) 3, sodium (mg) 83, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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