National Cordon Bleu Day | Chicken Cordon Bleu – The Foodie Patootie

National Cordon Bleu Day | Chicken Cordon Bleu

TGIF takes on a whole new meaning when you don’t work on Fridays. I’m happy to always have a 3 day weekend because today is filled again with cooking. The thing is, I have to cook often because I don’t have the time to cook every single night (I have a full-time job outside of the home, after all) and there are upcoming weekends that I won’t be able to cook so I have to get a head start now.

Things like the American Pie Festival, Taste of South Tampa, my husband’s birthday and graduation, my nephew’s birthday (my best friend’s baby, but it counts!), and more. I’m so incredibly busy that I don’t even know what to do with myself. But it’s AWESOME all at the same time!

Although I spend my day off every week cooking a multitude of dishes for the food holidays, I still feel very relaxed. I wake up when I want, I cook whatever dish I feel like, I sometimes take a nap, and most times, my husband and I go to lunch together. I’m genuinely happy to be cooking off and on all day long. If only I could do this in my home for a living…

National Cordon Bleu Day | Chicken Cordon Bleu

I’m so excited for this Friday in particular because it’s National Cordon Bleu Day. Chicken Cordon Bleu is the one dish I remember being very hesitant about when I was younger. I’ve never liked swiss cheese, but I soon discovered that when melted, swiss cheese tastes different enough to actually be good! Really good.

We would melt swiss cheese on jerk chicken and on sandwiches, and it was all because of a random Chicken Cordon Bleu dish.

Well Chicken Cordon Bleu, traditionally made with swiss cheese and ham, is good, but I wanted to do a little bit of a twist. Instead, I used provolone cheese and pancetta. Pancetta happened to be on sale and I thought, That sounds amazing.

National Cordon Bleu Day | Chicken Cordon Bleu

And of course, it was. Because how can a provolone cheese and pancetta combo stuffed inside breaded chicken not?

By the way, the chicken in the front…well, I’m calling that one an Open-Faced Chicken Cordon Bleu (as if I meant for it to open back up).

National Cordon Bleu Day | Chicken Cordon Bleu
Recipe Type: Poultry
Author: The Foodie Patootie
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Serves: 4
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. In a small saucepan, cook diced pancetta. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. In a third bowl, add the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat canola oil in a saute pan over medium heat to prepare for browning the chicken.
  5. Top each piece of chicken 1 slice of cheese and 1/4th of the cooked pancetta. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Dip chicken in flour mixture, followed by egg mixture and then breadcrumbs.
  6. Place chicken, seam side down, into heated skillet. Brown chicken on all sides and then transfer to a square baking dish that’s been coated with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Drizzle with melted butter and lemon juice.

Tomorrow: National Caramel Day; National Raisin & Spice Day

61 Responses to “National Cordon Bleu Day | Chicken Cordon Bleu”

  1. Jessica Spivey — April 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

    This sounds yummy! Had no idea Cordon Blue had a national day!!

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! Yeah, I’m continuing to be surprised by the food holidays that are in existence, lol.

  2. Glenda Cates — April 4, 2014 at 7:57 am

    This looks so good thanks for sharing it and who would have guessed there was a day for it. I also like to cook but there is not enough time her either.

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

      I’m learning a lot in cooking through the national food holidays. 🙂 There are food holidays that I would never had guessed existed.

  3. Ana — April 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

    This looks delicious and my kids would love it too. I’ve printed it out and I think I’ll make it at the weekend 🙂

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

      Hooray! I think they’ll really enjoy it!

  4. Nick — April 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Really simple, but tasty.

  5. Ricci — April 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m not really a ham fan but this looks AMAZING!!!

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

      You know, I’m not a huge ham fan either. When I do eat it, I’m pretty picky about it. That’s actually the main reason I used pancetta. So much better!

  6. Christine — April 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

    As if I wasn’t hungry enough already. Oh man. This looks amazing! Adding it to my MUST MAKE recipes!! Also sharing it with my followers!!

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Christine! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  7. Kungphoo — April 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I like this recipe.. I do not eat this often, but when i see it at a deli or on a menu, i go for it..

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

      Good call! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy) — April 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Can you believe that I have never tried Chicken Cordon Bleu before? That’s crazy because it sounds delicious.

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

      Yes, I’m super surprised you haven’t had Chicken Cordon Bleu before! I hope you make this one and enjoy it. 🙂

  9. Kathy — April 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

    That looks amazing. I’m going go try it for sure.

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

      Hooray! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  10. Haley @ running with diapers — April 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I had no idea that National Cordon Bleu was today. We actually made it for dinner Monday night and it was delicious. I made it with provolone and ham with bacon wrapped around the outside. It was tasty too! I’ve always loved Cordon Bleu.. Maybe I’ll try it with the pancetta next. That sounds even better than bacon.

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

      Ooo, I love that you wrapped it in bacon! In cooking through these food holidays I’m discovering a lot, LOL.

  11. Jennifer — April 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I had no idea there was a chicken cordon bleu day. Guess those die-hard fans needed their own day. lol.

    This recipe looks so yummy and something I could totally do too! Thanks for sharing

    • Jennifer — April 4th, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

      Thanks for visiting, Jennifer! Yeah, when I started this food holiday challenge, I learned a LOT of random food holidays. I’m very confused by a number of them, lol.

  12. This looks amazing and I don’t even really eat chicken! May need to try a variation of this though – you had me at the cheese part.

    ~ Shannon

  13. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama — April 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    1. The food Patootie… I’m DYING that’s so cute. First time visitor here!
    2. NICE chicken dish – it looks so fancy and yet easy!
    3. WIth your mention of a Pie Festival, I’m looking for the sign up!!

  14. Ashley - Be Wonderfully You — April 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Oh yum… provolone and pancetta. I have never considered that combination before with chicken. Mouthwatering!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  15. Meagan — April 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    How funny, who would have guessed there was a chicken cordon bleu day! Looks like a terrific recipe, I’ll have to pin this for later!

  16. Tracey — April 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Great recipe. You make it look so easy!

  17. Krystal — April 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I love love this recipe. Chicken and cheese are my favorites (but you already knew that). Your blog layout is slowly becoming my FAVORITE. MORE MORE MORE.

  18. Karen — April 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This looks delicious, I love Chicken Cordon Bleu but I’ve never actually made it myself before. Going to have to try this recipe out. I always drool over your Instagram feed!

  19. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy — April 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    OMGosh that looks incredible! Pinning for later!

  20. Dawn Lopez — April 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Ooh now this is a day to celebrate, indeed! Your version of cordon blue looks incredible.. mouth watering! Thanks for sharing such a scrumptious recipe!

  21. Even though I’m not a big fan of cheese over my food, it looks so delicious! I didn’t realize that there are so many food holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Mommy Pehpot — April 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I never knew there is a National Cordon Bleu Day! Oh now that I know, can I join the celebration? 🙂

  23. Kecia — April 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Okay so I have heard of Chicken Cordon Bleu but have never had it. Nor did I know there was a holiday. Looking at this recipe, I see I’ve been clearly missing out on a tasty-looking dish!

  24. Demetra — April 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I had no idea it was National Chicken Cordon Bleu day, I’m sorry I missed it. Your recipe looks fantastic, i love provolone cheese.

  25. Melissa — April 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Okay, this sounds delicious. I have never made Chicken Cordon Bleu, but now I want to. I would add the provolone too!

  26. Brett — April 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Oh. Chicken cordon bleu is my all time favorite food!!! And it’s a holiday!

  27. Mina Slater — April 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I would love this! It looks so delicious and my mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Kimberly — April 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    That bowl of cereal I just ate is seeming like nothing right now because I’m hungry looking at the picture for this recipe. I’ll take 2 please 🙂

  29. Alesha @ Full Time Mama — April 5, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I’ve never had Chicken Cordon Bleu before, but I love everything in it so I’m sure I’d love it. I really like the way you changed it up though; it sounds amazing! Will definitely have to try this! Also need to look into these fun food holidays too! 🙂

  30. You know, I have never actually made Chicken Cordon Bleu. I may just have to try your recipe.

  31. lisa prince — April 5, 2014 at 6:35 am

    this looks amazingly tastly i can actually see my whole family eating this thanks for sharing

  32. Janel C. — April 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The pancetta and provolone looks like such a DELICIOUS combination! Thanks for sharing your recipe – I have bookmarked it and plan on making it next week 🙂

  33. Beth@FrugalFroggie — April 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I have not made Chicken Cordon Bleu but that recipe looks delicious.

  34. I’ve never made this at home, but you make it look so simple! Pinned!

  35. teresa mccluskey — April 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

    wow that looks so good! I would love a plate of this!

  36. Lori Hart — April 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I want this for breakfast. Looks amazing

  37. Rosey — April 5, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I haven’t made the family Chicken Cordon Bleu in a long time. We’re overdue.

  38. Chrysa Duran — April 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    That looks so delicious! Chicken Cordon Bleu has always been one of my sister’s favorites. It’s her birthday this month, so maybe I’ll surprise her by making this recipe.

  39. Amber K — April 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This looks so good. All of it has my mouth watering – love Cordon Bleu!

  40. Keikilani — April 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Love the twist in your recipe! Sounds amazing. Your pictures turned out beautiful too.

  41. Jaime — April 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I love that chicken cordon bleu has its own day. Who knew? And I love pancetta so much! I’d add it to most dishes.

  42. Shell — April 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Who knew there was a day for this? I love celebrating the random holidays with food!

  43. Christie — April 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I always appreciate a really good chicken cordon bleu. This one looks amazing!

  44. Candy @ Candypolooza — April 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What a beautiful recipe! I will have to give it a whirl. I’ve never made Cordon Blue.

  45. This looks so delicious! I love the days that I can cook some, take a nap, and cook some more.

  46. Erica — April 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love chicken cordon bleu but it’s a lot of work! This recipe is perfect because you get the flavors without all the trouble. I’m making some tweaks to make a low carb version for dinner tonight. Yummy!!

  47. Onica {MommyFactor} — April 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I kinda like the open face version. A new way to make the recipe in connection with the “holiday”. I didn’t even know there was one.

  48. Pauline Cabrera — April 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I never heard of National Cordon Bleu Day but it is sure a great day to celebrate with this fantastic recipe. 🙂

  49. Amanda H. — April 7, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I always thought that Chicken Cordon Bleu was so hard to make, but your recipe seems so easy to make. I can’t wait to try this!

  50. melinda — April 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    that looks amazing. i don’t think I’ve ever attempted chicken cordon blue myself

  51. Kimberly H. Smith — April 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Pinned this, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing. #SGBC

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