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Sunday December 5th

Whip up a tasty chicken cordon bleu dish

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Chicken “Accordion” Bleu


Chicken Breast (4 pieces)

Deli Ham (1/4 pound)

Sliced Provolone Cheese (1/4 pound)

Olive Oil (2 tablespoons)

Flour (1 cup)

1 egg

*The above measurements are approximations

I’ll admit that I’m not the best cook in the world. Give me a recipe to follow and I’ll fare just fine, but tell me to cook a meal from scratch with no instructions, and you probably won’t like the results. The other night, my boyfriend and I decided we didn’t want to have yet another meal from Taco Bell or Wendy’s, so we decided to cook our own meal for a change. And by “we” I mean that he did the actual cooking while I took the eggs out of the fridge and stirred some pasta.

Afterward, though, I realized that I could, in fact, have handled cooking the meal on my own. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious. Here’s how to make chicken “accordion” bleu:

1. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board or hard surface. Using a meat mallet, flatten the meat to about a half-inch thick. Place two slices of cheese on top of the chicken. Place two slices of ham on top of the cheese.

2. Fold the chicken-cheese-ham combo in half “hamburger-style.”

3. Put the olive oil into a skillet and place over medium-high heat.

4. Crack the egg and put it into a bowl. Whisk. Place the flour in a separate bowl. Dip chicken-cheese-ham combo into the bowl of whisked eggs, coating it completely. Immediately place the chicken-cheese-ham combo into the bowl of flour, coating it completely.

5. Place the chicken-cheese-ham combos onto the skillet. Cook for approximately seven minutes on each side. Then cook for an additional minute on each side on high heat. Once the chicken is cooked completely (you will be able to see on the side of the chicken) and the ends are browned, you are finished cooking.

6. Remove chicken from skillet and place on paper towels. Dab with paper towels to remove excess oil.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to cook! All in all, it only took about 30 minutes, and it was absolutely delicious. We accompanied the chicken with a side of fettuccine alfredo, but it would go nicely with potatoes or vegetables as well.

Don’t live off campus? No worries. There are kitchenettes scattered across campus, including in the lounges of Townhouse South, Hausdoerffer, Phelps and Cromwell, available for use.


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