Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's for Dinner? Wednesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu, A Healthy Trip to France for Your Tastebuds


Happy What's for Dinner? Wednesday! This week's recipe is one of my favorites from one of my favorite healthy cooking magazines, Clean Eating Magazine.  I love it because it's healthy, easy, AND fancy enough to share with special dinner guests.  Modeled after the super decadent French meal, this version of Chicken Cordon Bleu dish is big on taste, but not on fat.  Another reason to love it? It only takes 15 minutes of hands on time and just under 30 mins of total time to create.  Take a journey to France with me and serve some Chicken Cordon Bleu up tonight!  If you're an e-mail subscriber, you already know what you'll need.  If you're not on the A-List (Armadillo List, that is!), sign up HERE>> to get the ingredients for future meals delivered directly to your inbox each week!

I'm dedicating this recipe to my fans who stopped by for a What's for Dinner? Wednesday a few weeks back when I shared Swai, a fish, wrapped in proscuitto and some fans were a little uncertain about using the water dweller with the fancy land meat.  I have a hunch they'll enjoy this one!

Here is what you'll need to serve four this dish:

4 4-oz boneless, skinless thin-cut chicken breasts
4 large spinach leaves (no stems!)
4 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese
2 oz ham
1 pinch o' paprika
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
pinch o' pepper
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 tbsp chopped chives

How to whip it up:

Step One:  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (we're really not in France anymore!).  Take out your chicken and get ready to layer on the goodness. Start with a layer of spinach, one leaf per chicken breast. Next, spread on a layer of your laughing cow cheese.  Top each chick off with 1/2 a slice of ham.  Once you have these three layers in place, roll up the chicken tightly and sprinkle each piece with a pinch o'paprika.  Place your chicken in a glass baking dish and set it to cook for 20 minutes.

Step Two: As your chicken rolls bake, cook up your mushrooms. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and set it to medium-high heat.  Once your skillet warms up, add your garlic and cook it for one minute before adding in your mushrooms and pepper.  Continue to stir in the ingredients together for 10 minutes before removing them and setting them aside.

Step Three: Before you get back to that chicken, prep the sauce by mixing together your yogurt, mustard, and chives.  

Step Four: Check on your chicken. Once it's cooked through, take it out of the oven and place each breast over 1/4 of your mushrooms before drizzling 1/4 of your yogurt mustard sauce on top.

And you're done! Super easy, but super impressive as well.

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