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Chicken Cordon Bleu

"When I started cooking, Chicken Cordon Bleu was all the rage, and it’s one of those dishes that has stood up well to the test of time. This is a lighter, quicker version to make at home." —Todd English

  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 none skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 1⁄2 lb.)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 none (0.7-oz.) slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 none very thin slices pancetta (about 2 oz.)


Preheat broiler with oven rack 4 inches from heat. Butterfly chicken breasts by making a lengthwise cut in 1 side of each, cutting through the opposite side; unfold. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook chicken in hot oil in a large sauté pan 5 minutes on each side or until well browned and done.

Transfer chicken to a baking sheet, and spread tops with mustard. Top with Swiss cheese and pancetta. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and pancetta is crisp. Serve immediately.


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