Friday, August 15, 2008

Cordon Bleu Crunch

Another quirky thing about me that I forgot to mention, I don’t like handling raw meat. If I can toss it into a pan, or slop it onto some foil I’m okay, but if it requires, chopping, slicing, dicing or molesting in anyway, Mick has to do the manhandling.

This recipe is a case in point, I can manage to dip the chicken in the egg, and cornflake crumbs as I only have to grab hold of a little corner of it, but Mick has to do the actual slitting of the meat. If he wasn’t here to do it I guess I’d have to snap on latex gloves, a bit like the CSI folks on telly.

Cordon Bleu Crunch


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups of cornflakes, crushed
1 egg, beaten
A drizzle of vegetable oil
2 slices deli ham
2 chunks of cheddar cheese, I’m guessing about ½ an ounce each.

  • Pre-heat BBQ grill to low. Or heat oven to 350°F.
  • Put cornflakes in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Put crumbs on a plate.
  • In a small, shallow bowl beat egg.
  • Brush a sheet of heavy-duty foil with a little vegetable oil. Or if baking in oven, cover a cookie sheet with foil and brush with oil.
  • Make a slit in the top of each chicken breast, but don’t cut right through. Make 2 horizontal slits in each side to form a sort of pouch.
  • Dip chicken in beaten egg, then in cornflake crumbs until coated. Place chicken on foil, or cookie sheet.
  • Wrap a slice of ham around each chunk of cheese, and press into the pouch in the top of each chicken breast. Top with some more cornflake crumbs to seal the gap.
  • Bake chicken on the BBQ grill, or in oven, for approximately 35-40 minutes.


Pam said...

I am with you Jan... I am not a fan of handling raw meat or smelling it for that matter. If I didn't love eating meat so much, I would be a vegetarian. The cordon bleu looks fantastic!

Cheryl said...

OH my god Jan that looks so good. I am not a huge fan of handling meat either. My husband does most of it. I am really telling ya, I just eat that!!

Paula said...

Oh, yum, yum, yum!!! That looks sooo good with the cheese flooding out! How great that this can be prepared on the grill! I'm a big fan of cornflake crumbs; they taste so good as breading and the provide a wonderful crunch! I can slice up the meat just fine, but it's the egg dip that gives me the willies. I LOVE eggs, just not on my fingers. I wash my hands about 10 times after breading with egg! I like the glove bit ... I may do that. Just think, no more raw eggy meatloaf fingers!

Emiline said...

I've been thinking about breading something in cornflakes - that is so funny.

Looks yummy! Thanks to hubz.

Beth said...

Ive never used cornflakes like this before - great idea Jan. It looks very professional too!

Raquel said...

Hoo, Hoo, I love cordon bleu! I have had to get over my squeamishness in handling raw meat - no hubby around to do it! But, I am fanatic about washing my hands afterwards! Much love - Raquel XO

Lisa said...

This looks so good even my picky son might try it. You are right. Handling raw chicken is just awful. I am a fanatic about disinfect the counters after I worked with raw chicken.

Candy said...

My boys will love this! Thanks for the recipe!


Brittany said...

I'm making this tomorrow, I all but licked the screen.

Dhanggit said...

I miss this!! I use to eat all the time when I used to live in Japan!! Hmmm sounds really yumm!

RecipeGirl said...

Looks delicious!

plantgirl said...

I'm a vegetarian and the few times I have cooked raw stuff - I think it was chicken - I had a plastic baggy around my hand and used tongs. I run out of the room when hubby cooks it too... As far as cutting it up - not gonna happen LOL

pamokc said...

GORGEOUS food. Gorgeous. That is funny -- such a good cook not wanting to handle raw food. How do you do with eggs?

Kevin said...

Those look great! Just look at the cheeses spilling out of them.

Jan said...

Pam & Cheryl, it's funny that we should all dislike handling raw meat.

Paula, the egg is not so bad for me, it's just messy. I know what you mean about the hand washing, before, after, and 10 times inbetween.

Em, thanks, cornflakes make a great crispy coating.

Beth, thank you. (bow or maybe curtsy) :-)

Raquel, we're all coming out of the woodwork now, all us peeps who hate handling raw meat. You need to get some of those CSI glurves. :-)

Lisa, yeah! Another "confessions of a raw meat handler." Hope picky son likes this one.

Candy, thank you so much for stopping by, I hope your boys enjoy it.

Brittany, Yuck! But then I haven't cleaned my screen in eons. :-)

Dhanggit, merci et bon appetit.

Lori, thanks.

PG, Avert your eyes. I have plenty of non meat recipes on here that would delight a vegetarian.

Pam (OKC) thanks. Eggs are just messy, but meat - Yuck!

Kevin, Ta very much!