You know those recipes that say they only take 20 minutes, but then you look through them and realize you have to chop, dice, and mince so many things that there’s no chance you’ll be done with the prep in 20 minutes, let alone the dish itself?
Spoiler alert: this is not one of those kinds of recipes, as this was born out of sheer laziness.
I always loved Chicken Cordon Bleu, and have experimented with several versions, most of which take a good amount of time as you pound out the chicken, roll it up with ham and swiss cheese, and then coat it in egg and breadcrumbs carefully before baking. While that version isn’t even that intense in the scheme of things, sometimes there are nights when the last thing I want to do is add another dirty dish to the pile or spend time getting the elements ready for an egg wash and dip in breadcrumbs.
Enter: Lazy (Wo)man’s Chicken Cordon Bleu Stacks
For this dish, it literally takes less than 2 minutes to prep and will only dirty one thing in the process – your baking sheet (and perhaps your hands). It’s hard to even call this a recipe because it’s so simple, but it’s one I put into my rotation at least once a month, so without further ado…
- 1-2 pounds of thin sliced chicken breast
- 1 package sliced ham
- 1 package swiss cheese
- salt & pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lay your thin sliced chicken breasts out on a baking sheet with foil or a nonstick baking sheet (this is the one I have and LOVE)
3. Season with salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken breast
4. Place a slice or two of ham over each chicken breast
5. Place a slice of swiss cheese over each chicken and ham
6. Place in preheated oven for 18 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through
And that’s it! I usually have one or two pieces of chicken over a salad or with some kind of veggie and/or rice/potato on the side. I’ve also been known to eat leftovers cold/straight from the fridge (am I supposed to admit that?) or on a sandwich. Super simple, quick, and tasty!