• 1 Ib. chicken breast tenders
  • 5-8 slices Sargento thinly sliced swiss cheese
  • 1 package of Trader Joe's sliced Rosemary Ham
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup whole wheat organic bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

After living in France for two years, I had to come up with my own version of this delicious chicken dish. I used to make this often for dinner when I lived in France because there was always ham and cheese in the refrigerator and it’s such a tasty twist on regular bland chicken.

I used organic chicken tenders with other wholesome ingredients to create a healthier version of cordon bleu. I always bake instead of fry which drastically reduces the calories without taking away from the flavor. The ultra thin Swiss cheese is only 40 calories per a slice and the breads crumbs are organic whole wheat. You could easily make your own bread crumbs with some whole wheat toast and spices. The low-fat buttermilk works as a binder instead of oil or eggs and the rosemary ham adds a whole new depth of flavor.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Fill one small bowl with buttermilk and another small bowl with breadcrumb and Parmesan mixture.

Place the chicken tenders on a foil lined baking sheet and cover with a layer of plastic wrap. Using a meat hammer pound the chicken until thin. I find putting 2 tenders together is much more efficient then rolling the chicken or stuffing a larger chicken breast.

(I wish I took more pictures, but it’s difficult when you’re working with raw chicken.)

Arrange 1-2 slices of ham and cheese on half of the tenders.

Fit one of the plain tenders on top of the ham & cheese tender and seal together.

Dip the double tender in the buttermilk and roll in the bread crumb mixture.

Place the chicken on a foiled and sprayed baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes turning once half way through.

I served with a side of broccolini (baby broccoli) and Trader Joe’s couscous, red quinoa, orzo and garbanzo bean blend. This also goes well with roasted brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, or even with pasta. This is so easy and so yummy so definitely give it a try!


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