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Shortcut Chicken Cordon Bleu

Lately I have been trying to focus on eating less carbs, but sometimes I still want something with “crunch” or “breading.” However, after trying some low carb breadcrumbs, I decided a better option was to substitute nuts in for breading. Not only does it provide a great crunch, it also adds healthy fat and protein.

So with my new found breadcrumbs, I decided to set out to make a quicker version of Chicken Cordon Bleu. Instead of pounding the chicken cutlets, rolling with the ham and cheese, dipping in egg wash, and breading – you just stack everything up and bake it for 20-25 minutes in the oven. It really couldn’t be easier and can be made with low carb/gluten free almond breadcrumbs or traditional breadcrumbs. Make up a big batch and save some for future meals. It makes a delicious sandiwch or salad.

Shortcut Chicken Cordon Bleu
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
Nutritional Info: 260 calories, 10.7g of fat, 2.3g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 40.4g of protein, 1.3g of Sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 (6 with breadcrumbs) *


  • 1.25 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, 5 pieces
  • 5 thin slices deli ham
  • 5 thin slices reduced fat Swiss cheese
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup crushed almonds (1/2 cup breadcrumbs for more traditional)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree
  2. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in baking dish.
  4. Top with ham (folded if needed) and cheese.
  5. Melt butter in the microwave and toss together the almonds, garlic powder, and oregano. Sprinkle on top of the chicken.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. If desired, broil for last 2 minutes for an extra crispy top.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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4 Response to Shortcut Chicken Cordon Bleu

  1. Susan G on January 13, 2014

    I can’t wait to try this. I love cordon bleu but don’t like the steps to make it. Layering sounds so much easier.

    • Kristen on January 13, 2014

      Thanks Susan! I feel the same way.

  2. Bonita Wile on January 14, 2014

    Deeeelicious! I used 5 little chicken tenders, thin sliced ham and thin sliced Swiss cheese. I used the almond meal and spices just as recipe said but instead of butter I used butter flavored olive oil( my new favorite find). I did use broiler and I did cook for 30 minutes. Loved it.. Quick. Easy. Delicious

  3. karen on January 16, 2014

    I made this and it was absolutely fantastic! husband could not believe it was low cal.


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