Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 is National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day. The Cordon Bleu part is French for "Blue Ribbon." It's a fancy-sounding menu item that really isn't that tough to make.

Here's your chance to be a hero and put together a meal that will impress the family and probably be delicious--all under the magical title of a fanciful name. Chicken Cordon Bleu. Sounds fancy. All it is: Chicken, Swiss Cheese, Ham, Spices.

According to the recipe in AllRecipes.com, the spices are just salt, pepper, and bread crumbs, and there are only four simple steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 7x11 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Sprinkle each piece of chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on top of each breast. Roll up each breast, and secure with a toothpick. Place in baking dish, and sprinkle chicken evenly with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from oven, and place 1/2 cheese slice on top of each breast. Return to oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove toothpicks, and serve immediately.

Let us know what day and time to show up and enjoy. Just in case you run short on time, here's a quick list of Mohawk Valley restaurants that have great Chicken Cordon Bleu items:

Who's got the BEST Chicken Cordon Bleu dish in Central New York? Maybe there's even a write-in vote for a place not listed above. Drop us a note.

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