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chicken Cordon bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Paul SidoriakPaul Sidoriak
Chicken Cordon bleu is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken breast to make it feel fancier. Ham and cheese get stuffed inside the chicken breast and the flavors are amazing.
Using the Ninja Foodi grill ensures that the exterior breadcrumbs are crispy while the meat stays moist and juicy.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 1099 kcal


  • 1 Ninja Foodi Grill or Air Fryer


  • 3 chicken breast
  • 3 slices deli ham
  • 3 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1.5 cup breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup oil for dredging


  • Preheat your air fryer or oven to 390F.
  • Place a slice of ham and cheese together and roll it up like a cigar to help with stuffing. Set aside.
  • Lay the chicken breasts on a cutting board. If the chicken is much thicker on one end pound it flat between two pieces of plastic wrap to a more even thickness.
  • Trim any cartilage or excess fat from the chicken breast.
  • With a sharp pairing knife, cut a slit or pouch in the chicken breast deep enough to hold the ham and cheese.
    chicken breast trimming
  • Stuff the ham and cheese cigar into the pouch you sliced into the chicken breast.
  • Using shallow bowls or paper plates, make a dredging station for breading the chicken with both oil and breadcrumbs in separate vessels.
  • Dip and coat the chicken in oil than in breadcrumbs.
    breading chicken
  • Optional: allow the chicken to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes
    breaded chicken resting
  • Place the chicken in your air fryer.
    chicken Cordon Bleu in air fryer
  • Cook the chicken in the air fryer checking periodically.
    chicken breast cooking
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165F
    chicken Cordon bleu in air fryer
  • Remove from air fryer and enjoy-
    air fryer chicken


It's important that the chicken breast is of even thickness. If it's thicker on one side, place it between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound the chicken with a mallet or rolling pin until it's more of an even thickness.
Rolling the slices of ham and swiss cheese can be rolled together like a cigar to make stuffing it inside the chicken much easier to do. 
breaded chicken
Most time chicken is breaded people use eggs as a binder. But in this recipe, I dipped the chicken in oil because it helps the bread crumbs brown while cooking in the air fryer or your oven.
Using oil that's lower in saturated fat works well and I like to use shallow bowls or disposable paper plates for my dredging station.
I will sometimes sit the chicken on a baking sheet or tray for up 30 minutes or so at room temperature before cooking so it tempers slightly and cooks a bit more evenly.
I prefer to use an air fryer like the Ninja Foodi Grill for this recipe, but it can be made in the oven, a pellet grill, or any cooking device that bakes or roasts.


Serving: 3gCalories: 1099kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 66gFat: 74gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gMonounsaturated Fat: 41gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 1022mgPotassium: 1035mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 209IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 247mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken, ninja foodi grill
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