Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu


-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds), trimmed with fat removed
-sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
-1/3 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
-2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
-1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs
-1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or thyme
-2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup chopped ham (about 1 ounce)


Preheat oven to 400°F.
Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt. Combine cheese and cream cheese in a bowl (I put cream cheese in microwave to soften it a bit). Combine the breadcrumbs & parsley (or thyme).
Heat the 2 teaspoons oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Move the chicken to the center so all pieces are touching. Spread with the cheese mixture, sprinkle with ham, then top with the breadcrumb mixture.
Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes.


Per serving: 245 calories; 12 g fat ( 4 g sat , 6 g mono ); 82 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 1 g fiber; 314 mg sodium; 216 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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