I wanted chicken for dinner, and we had some random things in the refrigerator, so I decided that Chicken Cordon Bleu would be just the thing. Except that I don't like pounding out the meat and whatever other steps might be involved. So I did it my own way, but since my kids don't know the difference, it all works out.
CHICKEN CORDON BLUE-ISH
Boneless, skinless chicken - 4 ounce pieces
sliced deli ham
salt and pepper
If using chicken breast, cut them into smaller pieces. Boneless, skinless thighs are just the right size. Cut a pocket into each piece of chicken and dry it. Soften the butter, and mash it with minced garlic. Cut the deli ham into appropriate sized pieces, line the pocket of each piece of chicken with the ham. then add the swiss cheese (shredded or sliced - you choose). Sprinkle in some chopped scallions, put small chunks of the butter/garlic combination inside the meat, then roll it closed and hold with toothpicks.
If desired, sprinkle a little garlic salt over the top, and grind pepper over the chicken. Place in a greased baking pan and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, or until done.
Serve with rice or buttered pasta. Spoon the butter from the bottom of the baking dish over the chicken for added flavor. This is how we had ours.
Happy Thursday, everyone!