Easy Low-fat Chicken Cordon Bleu uses boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded wheat biscuits with ham, Swiss cheese and parsley. The variation below uses Butter Buds to lend a nice, buttery flavor.
6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
3 slices lean ham, cut in half
3 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese
4 slices reduced-calorie whole wheat bread
2/3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pound chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Brush mustard on 1 side of each chicken breast, and then layer 1 slice ham and cheese over mustard.
Tear bread into pieces and place in a blender or food processor. Pulse-blend into breadcrumbs. Place breadcrumbs in a shallow dish, add the dried parsley flakes and mix well.
Roll up chicken from the short end and secure with wooden toothpicks and set aside. Lightly spray chicken with nonstick cooking spray and roll in breadcrumbs to coat. Arrange chicken in a baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and bake for 10 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
Serving size: 1 chicken breast
Calories: 275; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: >3mg; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 763mg; Carbohydrates: 8g; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 44g
Variation: Easy Low-Fat Chicken Cordon Bleu
4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
8 slices thin deli ham
4 slices low fat Swiss cheese
Shredded Wheat biscuits (large ones), crumbled
Pound chicken breasts with kitchen mallet to tenderize and flatten.
On each breast, place two pieces of the ham (spread out to cover breast), one slice Swiss Cheese (place in the middle).
Roll each breast up and secure with toothpick. Dip each rolled breast into Butter Buds made with liquid, then roll in Shredded Wheat.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until browned.
Note: If the idea of low fat Swiss cheese doesn't appeal to you, or you have difficulty finding a reduced or low fat version, just use regular - this is still a low-fat dish!
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