Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

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This easy Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe makes the most tender, smoky chicken breasts topped with ham and gooey cheese. It’s the best quick-fix dinner idea for meat lovers!

top view close up shot of a fork set through a slice of grilled cordon bleu chicken

The Tastiest Way to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu

I absolutely love grilled chicken, but it’s even better when it’s perfectly seasoned and topped with ham & cheese. You can make this recipe on your trusty outdoor grill or inside on your stovetop grill pan. It’s such a comforting dinner that you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes. Everyone will clear their plates!

What is Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Traditionally speaking, chicken cordon bleu is an oven-baked chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese. This tasty and way easier version trades the oven for the grill with the ham and cheese on top of the chicken breasts.

Grilling your chicken gives it an irresistible smoky flavor that goes so well with the ham. This recipe is great for busy weeknight dinners or weekends grilling in your backyard!

It’s also Low Carb soooo, that leaves us with some room for a slice of Tiramisu. AND/or a glass of Mojito. 🙌

three ham and cheese topped chicken breasts on a grill pan

Recipe Ingredients

This fancy-looking chicken dinner is super simple to make with less than 10 ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • Chicken Breasts: Use boneless and skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dried Herbs: I like to use a combination of basil and oregano.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Swiss Cheese: Feel free to use your favorite cheese instead of Swiss if you’d like!
  • Deli Ham

How to Grill Chicken Cordon Bleu

On an Outdoor Grill

  1. Prepare Grill & Chicken: Preheat your outdoor grill to medium, about 350˚F to 375˚F. Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil.
  2. Add Seasonings: Season chicken with salt, pepper, dried herbs, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.
  3. Grill Chicken: Transfer chicken breasts to the grill and cook for 5 minutes. Flip over and continue to cook for 5 to 7 more minutes, or until cooked through. Your chicken is done when the internal temperature reaches 165˚F. Cooking time also depends on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  4. Add Ham & Cheese: Top chicken breasts with a slice of cheese, then a slice of ham.
  5. Continue Cooking: Cover the grill and cook for 2 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve: Remove your chicken from the grill and serve!

cooking a chicken breast with ham and cheese on a grill

On a Stovetop Grill Pan

  1. Prepare Grill Pan: Heat your grill pan over high heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Heat Oil: Lower heat to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan; swirl around to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
  3. Cook Chicken: Add the seasoned chicken breasts to the pan and cook for about 6 minutes on one side; flip and continue to cook for 6 more minutes, or until done. 
  4. Add Ham & Cheese: When cooked through, add a slice of cheese and ham on top of each chicken breast; cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.
  5. Remove from Heat: Let your chicken breasts stand for about 5 minutes and then serve.

Tips for the Best Chicken Dinner Ever

  • Use Thinly Sliced Ham: Ham that is thinly sliced will warm up easier on your chicken and make for the most delicious chicken cordon bleu.
  • Consider Chicken Breasts Size: Note that thicker chicken breasts will need longer to cook while smaller ones will cook faster. I suggest to use a meat mallet and pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Use an Internal Read Thermometer: To check the temperature of your chicken while it’s cooking – your best bet is to use an internal read thermometer. When the chicken’s temperature registers at 165˚F, add your ham and cheese.
  • Opt for High Quality Ham & Cheese: You can totally taste the difference between cheaper and more expensive hams and cheeses. I highly recommend spending a few extra bucks on the good stuff. Your taste buds will thank you!

top view shot of zucchini slices and halved chicken breast that's topped with cheese and ham

Serving Suggestions

This flavor-packed chicken dinner recipe is amazing on its own, but you can always take your meal to the next level by adding another element.

  • Potatoes: Who doesn’t love chicken and potatoes? This recipe goes great with my easy Garlic Herb Grilled Potatoes. They’re made in foil packets for a simple, mess-free side.
  • Roasted Vegetables: You can never go wrong with roasted veggies! I recommend making this quick and easy Roasted Vegetable Salad for a tasty, healthy and well-balanced meal.
  • Salad: There are so many different salads you could make with this chicken recipe. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try my Mango Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. It’s super fun and summer-y.
  • Slushies: Speaking of summer, my Berry Wine Slushies are so fun to make, and they go amazingly well with this chicken cordon bleu!

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5 from 6 votes
top view close up shot of a fork set through a slice of grilled cordon bleu chicken
Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This easy Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe makes the most tender, smoky chicken breasts topped with ham and gooey cheese. It's the best quick-fix dinner idea for meat lovers!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Calories: 340 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs, (I use a combination of basil and oregano)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 thin slices deli ham
Instructions
Outdoor Grill Method
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill to MEDIUM, about 350˚F to 375˚F, and rub the chicken breasts with olive oil.

  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper, dried herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

  3. Oil your grill grates.

    Transfer chicken breasts to the hot oiled grill and cook for 5 minutes; flip over and continue to cook for 5 to 7 more minutes, or until cooked through. Chicken is done when internal temperature registers at 165˚F on an internal read thermometer.

    NOTE: If there's any resistance from the chicken breast when trying to flip it over, don't force it; just give it a bit more time to cook, then try again.

  4. Top cooked through chicken breasts with a slice of cheese and a slice of ham.

  5. Cover the grill and cook for 2 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

  6. Remove from grill and let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Grill Pan Stovetop Method
  1. Heat a grill pan over high heat for 3 minutes.

  2. Lower heat to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan; swirl around to cover the entire bottom of the pan.

  3. Add the seasoned chicken breasts to the pan and cook for 6 minutes on one side; flip and continue to cook for 6 more minutes, or until done. Note that thicker chicken breasts will need longer to cook.

  4. When cooked through, add a slice of cheese and ham on top of each chicken breast; cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.

  5. Remove from heat and let the chicken breasts stand for a few minutes.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NET CARBS: 1 g

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 523mg22%
Potassium 522mg15%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 392IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Responses
  1. Jacque Hastert

    This sounds perfect for date nights, but easy enough any night of the week. I can’t wait to give this a whirl in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Sara Welch

    This has always been a favorite dish of mine, but your recipe is easily a new favorite! Looking forward to leftovers for dinner again tonight!

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