Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday Night Dinner

I usually don't cook on Monday nights because typically I open the drive thru at work on Monday mornings which means I have to be there at 7am. So after getting up at 5:45am and working till 4:30 I'm sure you can imagine how exhausted I am. But...things have changed (at least for the Lenten season). Now on Monday nights my friend Corinne and I are going to a Bible study at church so I thought that would be a good night to cook something easy and have her over for dinner. So from now on my theme for Monday nights will be "Delicious and Easy".

(Side Note about me: I'm also doing weight watchers right now so most of my meals need to be relatively healthy and easy to calculate the points for.)

This past Monday I decided to try and find an actual WW recipe to make. And it turns out I picked an absolutely DELICIOUS one!

Chicken Cordon Bleu:

1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, divided
1/4 tsp table salt
1 oz Casa Italia Prosciutto, or other brand, very thinly sliced
2 oz low-fat Swiss cheese (I actually used provolone)
1/3 cup(s) dried bread crumbs, plain-variety
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 large egg white(s)
2 spray(s) cooking spray
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

  • Place chicken between two sheets of wax paper; using a rolling pin, pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. 
  • Rub chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt. Evenly divide prosciutto and cheese over chicken; fold chicken in half to cover prosciutto and cheese and press down to hold shape.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, parsley and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place flour on a plate. In another shallow bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • To coat chicken, dredge each piece of chicken in flour; turn to coat. Then dip each chicken breast in egg whites; turn to coat. Next, dredge chicken in bread crumb-mixture and press down to make sure all sides are covered. Repeat until all four chicken breasts are coated.
  • Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat; add butter and oil. When they begin to shimmer (about 1 or 2 minutes), place chicken in a single layer in skillet; cook, flipping once, until nicely browned and chicken is completely cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately. Yields 1 chicken breast per serving.
I served mine with fresh green beans (my favorite) and baked potatoes, but really any side of your choosing would be appropriate with this dinner. It was definitely a hit! I will for sure make this recipe again. The flavors were spot on and it was very filling. I think it would also be good with mozzarella cheese too.

I hope when you try this recipe you find it as delicious and easy as I did. It's nice to have easy recipes like this on reserve for long days when the thought of tackling a big dinner makes you want to take a nap before you've even started. Happy Eating! :)

Much Love! 

1 comment:

  1. I do something similar, but more rolled up! They are so tasty!!! Although with prosciutto and cheese how can you go wrong! Thanks for sharing, Jess!!! I'm making your Bruchetta Burgers tonight!!!!