Monday, July 13, 2009

Something different...

My family and I LOVE Chicken Cordon Bleu. The other day I ran across this recipe on Allrecipes and thought these would be fun to make. They were a big hit at my house and will definitely be on the menu again, real soon!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

16 ounces ground chicken
3/4 cup cooked, diced ham
1 egg
1 cup bread crumbs ( I used Progresso Bread Crumbs - Italian Style)
6 ounces Swiss cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
canola oil for pan-frying

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Combine the chicken, ham, and egg in a large bowl until well blended. Gradually add bread crumbs until the mixture loses its stickiness and can be easily formed into balls.
Form the chicken mixture around the cheese cubes, forming 2 inch balls. Place on a plate.
Heat 1 1/2 inches of oil in a deep skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry the balls until the outsides are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and place in baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until cooked through and cheese is soft, about 20 minutes. Cool briefly before serving.

**Before frying the chicken balls in the oil I rolled them in more bread crumbs to give a outer crunch....YUMMO!


Kathy said...

These were yummy, I can vouch for that!!! Thanks for lunch Tara!!! :D

Monica H said...

Interesting, never thought of using ground chicken. Love that they're meatball style too!

Tara said...

Kathy: you're very welcome! Glad you liked them. ;0)
Monica: Yes, I liked the idea of that too. Great finger food for the kiddos.

Mary said...

These look really good, but I'm puzzled why it's necessary to bake after essentially deep frying them.

Tara said...

Mary: The frying part is to JUST brown the outside of the meatball. The baking in the oven is to melt the cheese completely on the inside. And, extra oven time to ensure that the chicken is cooked all the way through...That's my take on it.

Lynda said...

These do sound yummy... i think my family would love something like this..Thanks!

Delectable Dining said...

Yum! These look so good!

Katy ~ said...

Oh my gosh, what a hoot! These look fantastic!

teresa said...

Oh yummy! What a fun treat! I bet it's bursting with flavor!

Marci said...

Kathy, In the enchiladas you use whipping cream! Let me know how you like them!