Oma's Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe ~ Hähnchenrouladen

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Does a chicken cordon bleu recipe, aka Hähnchenrouladen, sound difficult? Try my easy German version and impress your guests! Hey, don't just wait for company. Your family will love this too! 

If you're looking for great dinner ideas for company and want German chicken recipes, you may not think about Cordon Bleu.

To me it always sounded very extravagant and very expensive and very French and very difficult. And, it really didn't sound like any German food I knew.

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

Oma's Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe ~ Hähnchenrouladen

However, it's really nothing more than the very German rouladen made with chicken breast. And, doing it this easy way, you don't even have to pound the chicken breast to make it thin.

Just cut a pocket inside and stuff. However, if you want, you can pound it and then roll it up with the ham and cheese. That's how I did it in the photo above.

The easy way is shown by my granddaughter below. 

Hähnchenrouladen is easy for kids to make!

Here's my 12-year old granddaughter, Lydia, making these. She did these all by herself, from cutting the pockets to stuffing to breading. 

My granddaughter Lydia, making her first Chicken Cordon Bleu.

In fact she loves these so much that now that she's older she has done a bit of experimenting. I gave her my Vortex Plus Instant Air Fryer Oven and she converted her recipe to one that works in it.

Here's what her new version looks like:

Air fried chicken cordon bleu

As soon as she's perfected the recipe, I'll add the link to it here. She's totally enjoying 'experimenting' on it. Her parents eagerly enjoy her results!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Origins

I was surprised to find out that this original recipe appears to come from Switzerland and not France. The term 'Cordon Bleu' is French and translates as 'Blue Ribbon' and is the name of a cooking school.

As a recipe, it is simply a meat, wrapped around cheese, breaded, and then either pan-fried or deep-fried.

There are many versions of this with Schnitzel Cordon Bleu one of the more popular German ones. It uses veal instead of chicken.

But, always willing to tackle something new, I experimented. I soon realized it's neither expensive nor very French nor very difficult.

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Oma says,

Always willing to tackle something new, I experimented with this recipe. I soon realized it's neither expensive nor very French nor very difficult.

Frying this chicken roulade is an alternative, but using the oven is so much easier. I find this is such an easy chicken recipe that I'm not only going to save it for company.

It's such a great dish for just my hubby and me!

What to serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu?

There are so many yummy possibilities to serve with these Hähnchenrouladen. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Asparagus Salad
  2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar
  3. Creamy Green Beans
  4. Foolproof Scalloped Potatoes

Ready for some Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Oma's Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe ~ Hähnchenrouladen

Does your chicken cordon bleu recipe, aka Hähnchenrouladen, sound difficult? Try this easy version and impress your guests! 

It's really nothing more than the very German rouladen made with chicken breast. And, doing it this easy way, you don't even have to pound the chicken breast to make it thin.

Prep Time

40 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

70 minutes

Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts, deboned and skinless
  • 4 slices Black Forest ham
  • 4 slices cheese (Emmental, Gruyere, etc.)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 - 2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs

Instructions:

  1. Prepare chicken by cutting into the thickest part of the chicken breast to create a pocket.
  2. Roll a slice of cheese inside a slice of ham and stuff inside the pocket.
  3. Repeat for remaining chicken breasts.
  4. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  5. Put flour into a shallow bowl. Into a second shallow bowl, beat the eggs and milk. Put the breadcrumbs into a third shallow bowl.
  6. Dredge a stuffed chicken breast in the flour. Dip into the egg mixture. Then, roll in the breadcrumbs. Place onto a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  7. Cover dish and place in fridge for about 20 minutes to help breading stick to chicken. (Can be kept for one day in fridge before baking.)
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  9. Place chicken breasts onto lightly greased, rimmed cookie sheet. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until done to an internal temperature of 160°F.

Notes/Hints:

  • Use a mixture of your favorite cheeses.
  • Use a toothpick to hold the pocket closed if necessary. Make sure you remove it before serving.
  • Instead of cutting a pocket, butterfly the chicken breast. Place between plastic wrap and gently pound until about ¼ inch thick. Season with salt and pepper. Place ham and cheese along the long end. Roll up and continue with the dredging process.
  • This is scrumptious served with my foolproof German scalloped potatoes!

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08.31.2021 revision update

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Make this easy chicken cordon bleu which is really just a chicken rouladen.

Oma's Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe ~ Hähnchenrouladen

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Oma's Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe ~ Hähnchenrouladen
Does a chicken cordon bleu recipe, Hähnchenrouladen, sound difficult? Try Oma’s easy German version and impress your guests! Hey, don't just wait for company. Your family will love this too!

Ingredients: chicken breasts, ham, cheese, seasonings, all-purpose flour, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs,

For the full recipe, scroll up ...

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