Chicken Cordon Bleu

Prep Time:  30 Minutes                     Cooking Time:  30-40 Minutes                Serves:  4

Chicken Cordon Bleu.Greetings to all fellow home cooking chefs here on the East Coast of Africa and Around this beautiful world we live in.

Today I thought we can show you a classic recipe Chicken Cordon Bleu with a tasty Hollander sauce.( see ingredients and directions for Hollander Sauce at  the end of recipe )     ..

So before we start I would like to tell you how the Name Cordon Bleu steeped in history came about.

I do not know about you but I always find it interesting to find out the history of recipes that I make, don't you?

Let us first examine the name:the term “cordon bleu” it refers to a special order of French knights. Literally, cordon bleu translates to “blue ribbon.” Henry III of France in 1578 established the tradition of the highest order of knighthood bearing a blue ribbon France created the l'Ordre des Chevaliers du Saint Esprit (Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit).

Louis Gonzaga,Duke of Never was the first to receive the order.

All members had to be at least 35 years old and Roman Catholic, these knights then called Les Cordon Bleus.

Hence we get the name Cordon Bleu.

So how did it relate to food?

After every ceremonies these Knights had with highly respected guests, there were huge sumptuous feasts held in their honour that became legendary. It is believed the name of the knights then became synonymous with the food prepared for their events. Over time, it became a symbol of prestigious quality.

I hope you found the above interesting. Okey Dokey time to get started'



Ingredients for Chicken Cordon Bleu

We will need to gather the following ingredients together.

  • 4 chicken breast fillets skinned.
  • 4 slices of smoked ham
  • 2 eggs whisked.
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • Butter and Oil for frying.
  • 1 Cup fresh bread crumbs can be white or brown.
    For the sauce we will need.
  • 4 egg yolks..
  • Pinch white pepper.
  • ¼ tsp. lemon juice.
  • ¼ Tabasco sauce.
  • 450grams/1 pound butter heated until softened.
             


Method

Great now that we have every thing it's that time again waaaaiiittt for it

                                "It's time to start A Cooking"

  • Cut the chicken fillets in halves horizontally, take care not to cut all the way through.
  • Open chicken fillets ,cover with cling wrap and flatten the fillets with your hands.
  • Remove cling wrap and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • lay a slice of cheese and ham,
  • Wrap the chicken fillets with the help of a string.
  • Dip fillets in the whipped egg and then the bread crumbs.
  • Heat the oil and butter in your frying pan.
  • Brown the fillets gently.
  • Preheat oven tot 440°f/200°c. 
  • Remove fillets and string and transfer to your oven pan lined with baking paper.
  • Bake for 20minutes until cooked nice and juicy.
  • When cooked place fillets on paper towel to drain.
  • Place baked fillets in a glass serving dish and pour you Hollander sauce over it.

Viola you have just completed an old classic recipe that dates back to the15 th Century  
Makes one feel good Hey.

Plating

There many ways of presenting this Chicken Cordon Bleu. I have mentioned a couple below.

  • Goes great with rice of your choice and steamed medley of veggies
  • Creamy mash potatoes and mixed veggies.
  • Roasted Asparagus and Hollander sauce.
  • Creamy mash potatoes,Peas and Corn kennels.
  • On a hot day with cold salads of your choice.
    Above are just a few plating ideas I'm sure you can come up with other ideas, if you do please share with us..

Ingredients and Method for Hollander Sauce.

   Method for Hollander Sauce.

  • Place egg yolks in food processer.
  • Add pinch of salt, white pepper, paprika.
  • ¼ tsp. Tabasco sauce.
  • Add the warm butter and slowly process until it thickens.
  • To thicken sauce you can add another egg yolk.
  • To thin it out add warm water.




We really hope that you will get great enjoyment out of cooking this recipe as well as eating it, and sharing the experience where ever you go.

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