Wednesday, April 1, 2015

weeknight chicken cordon bleu

I have a new favorite weeknight dinner. this dish gives new meaning to winner winner chicken dinner. it is seriously so good and insanely easy, I don't even mind cooking this after a long workday. I'm so addicted, it's now on my weekly rotation... I've been making it once a week for about 6 weeks now. that's how I know it's good enough to share! not to mention, the smell of this dish while baking is enough to make anyone's mouth water.

who doesn't want to sit down to a warm dinner of chicken covered in light layers of ham, with melty provolone cheese oozing on top, buttery bread crumbs and white sauce to top it off... did I mention, this takes less than 30 minutes?! what are you waiting for - make this dish ASAP and thank me later.


ingredients
-1 lb. thinly sliced chicken breasts (tenderloins pictured - buy butterflied chicken slices if available)
-1/2 lb. thin slices ham, approx. 1-2 slices per chicken piece
-1/2 lb. sliced provolone cheese, approx. 1 slice per chicken piece
-3/4 c. panko bread crumbs
-2 T. butter
-jar of alfredo pasta sauce 

instructions
1. preheat oven to 350. melt butter and mix in bread crumbs.
2. lay down chicken breasts in bottom of 9x13 pan (since I only had tenderloins, I used an 8x8)
3. top each breast with ham then cheese, ensuring to cover the chicken completely.
4. top with bread crumb mixture, ensuring chicken is thoroughly coated with crumbs.
5. bake for 30 minutes until browned on top. broil for a minute if necessary.
6. meanwhile, heat the alfredo sauce. top each chicken breast with generous amount of sauce and serve!

ps. I prefer to make this as described above, in a 9x13 with individual butterflied breasts. however, my local grocerer sometimes only has chicken tenderloins. in that case, I make it as more of a casserole rather than individual breasts. I lay all the chicken in an 8x8 and completely cover with ham (as in more ham slices than chicken tenderloins). then I make a provolone layer, about 4 slices + a few more to double coat with cheese. then I top with about 2/3 c. bread crumbs + butter mixture (less crumbs than usually calls for).

 layer your chicken with ham and top with provolone

coat with breadcrumb mixture, leave some cheese poking out so that it will melt and create an oozy effect. mmmm so good.

bake until slightly browned and top with sauce. voila, THE best weeknight dinner.

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