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Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu, Quick and Easy

Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is ten­der chick­en breast, coat­ed in crispy Panko that’s been stuffed with smoky ham and melty Swiss cheese. It’s a scrump­tious 30-minute-easy air fry­er recipe. (Can also be oven baked.)

two plates of chicken cordon bleu with salad sitting on a table with salt and pepper shakers and a blue print cloth napkin
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Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is com­pa­ny wor­thy and def­i­nite­ly per­fect for a date night. It looks impres­sive, even though it’s sim­ple to prepare.

This air fry­er chick­en cor­don bleu recipe is eas­i­er than the clas­sic chick­en cor­don bleu recipe. And, it air fries (or bakes) in less than 30 minutes!

It’s proof that air fry­er chick­en can be juicy and ten­der, as well as being fla­vor­ful and utter­ly delicious.

My air fry­er cor­don bleu has a crispy out­er shell with no actu­al fry­ing involved. And, you can bake it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer.

closeup of sliced chicken cordon bleu on a plate with salad

What is Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Clas­sic Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is a chick­en breast that has been pound­ed to about 1/4″ in thick­ness, lay­ered with ham and Swiss cheese and then rolled into a roulade (a spi­ral rolled roll of meat and cheese or cake and fill­ing). The chick­en breasts are then bread­ed in crumbs and herbs and fried.

Cor­don Bleu is French, of course, and means “blue cord”. Chick­en Cor­don Bleu was named after the blue rib­bon worn by “L’Or­dre des Cheva­liers du Saint Esprit”, a spe­cial order of knights formed by King Hen­ry III of France.

The image below is from the first time I made this Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu recipe and pre­pared it in the clas­sic roulade fashion.

Chicken Cordon Bleu sliced on a white plate with creamy stone ground mustard sauce drizzled over the slices

What I Changed

After prepar­ing Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu sev­er­al times to get it right for this post, there are a few things I decid­ed to do dif­fer­ent­ly from the clas­sic prepa­ra­tion. I did try the clas­sic, but pre­fer the sim­pler, quick­er method.

I think my ver­sion is a deli­cious­ly sim­ple one and updates clas­sic chick­en cor­don bleu to be a dish that can eas­i­ly be pre­pared by busy people.

  1. The first major dif­fer­ence in my air fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu recipe is that I cut a pock­et in the side of each chick­en breast, rather than pound­ing it and rolling it as a roulade. All, I had to do was to insert the ham and Swiss cheese into the pock­et and close it with tooth­picks. This was much quick­er than rolling and dredg­ing and then coat­ing, plus it elim­i­nat­ed the need for a 30 minute chill time required before cook­ing the roulade.
  2. I did­n’t use an egg wash to adhere the crumbs to my chick­en breasts. I chose may­on­naise (most­ly eggs, right?) to help hold in mois­ture, add fla­vor and still aid in the brown­ing process. I mixed the may­on­naise with stone ground mus­tard and salt and pepper.
  3. I don’t like Dijon mus­tard. lol So, the oth­er change is that I used stone ground mus­tard. Use the mus­tard you like best.
  4. And of course, the oth­er dif­fer­ence from the clas­sic is no fry­ing. I air fried my Chick­en Cor­don Bleu. It can also be baked if you don’t have an air fry­er and I’ll tell you how, below.
two plates of chicken cordon bleu with salad sitting on a table with salt and pepper shakers and a blue print cloth napkin

The Ingredients

Prepare the Chicken Breasts:

  • Bone­less Skin­less Chick­en Breasts
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Deli Ham
  • Mayo
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Ital­ian Sea­soned Panko Bread Crumbs My Panko comes already sea­soned with Ital­ian herbs and sea­son­ings. If you buy plain Panko, add gar­lic pow­der and Ital­ian sea­son­ing to your bread crumbs.

For the Sauce:

chicken bouillon powder in an apothecary jar with a Tablespoon of chicken stock powder spilling out onto the concrete counter top. There is a turquoise stoneware pitcher, a philedendron and and turqupise and white striped kitchen towel in the background
  • Heavy Cream
  • Whole Milk
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Home­made Chick­en Bouil­lon — I used my home­made chick­en bouil­lon pow­der. If you use com­mer­cial bouil­lon start with only one tea­spoon, since it is MUCH salti­er than my home­made recipe. Taste and adjust amounts as you go.
  • Parme­san Cheese

closeup of sliced chicken cordon bleu on a plate with salad

FAQs

Can I make Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu in the oven, instead?

Sure. If you don’t have an air fry­er, you can def­i­nite­ly bake chick­en cor­don bleu in your oven. If you have a con­vec­tion fea­ture on your oven I rec­om­mend you use it, for quick­er and more even cook­ing. Pre­heat the oven to 350°. Place an oven safe cooling/baking rack [affil­i­ate link] on a rimmed bak­ing sheet [affil­i­ate link] . Place the chick­en cor­don bleu rolls onto the rack, seam side down if you can tell where the seam is. Bake for 35 to 45 min­utes, until the inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of each roll reach­es 165° F. Serve with pre­pared sauce.baking sheet with an oven safe rack inside

Can I use reg­u­lar Ital­ian bread crumbs instead of Ital­ian Panko?

Sure, the clas­sic recipe has always used reg­u­lar bread crumbs. I haven’t tried it with this recipe and my guess is that with­out fry­ing the air fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu, they aren’t going to get as crisp as with Panko. One option that could help would be to toast the reg­u­lar bread crumbs in a dry skil­let on the stove top before sprin­kling them on your pre­pared chick­en breasts. Panko is more coarse and has more jagged sur­face area, so the end result is crisper.panko bread crumbs in a gray bowl on a linen tea towel

Can I serve the Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu with­out the sauce?

Absolute­ly. The sauce does soft­en the crust a bit. So, for an extra crispy shell, you can sim­ply omit the sauce. Espe­cial­ly since we devi­at­ed from the clas­sic and have added the mayo/mustard coat­ing direct­ly on the chick­en breast before air fry­ing it. That adds tons of flavor.

Can I Make this Recipe Gluten Free?

Can I make Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu gluten free?

Yes. The only ingre­di­ent with gluten in this recipe is the Panko. There are many gluten free Panko vari­eties [affil­i­ate link]avail­able, nowa­days. Sub­sti­tute your favorite, keep­ing in mind that my Panko is Ital­ian sea­soned. If you buy plain Panko, add gar­lic pow­der and Ital­ian sea­son­ing to your bread crumbs.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts sliced and arranged on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Can I Use Frozen Chicken?

Can I Use Frozen Chick­en to make Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu?

No. The chick­en needs to be thawed, so you can cut a pock­et and stuff each chick­en breast.

How­ev­er, you CAN make your chick­en cor­don bleu ahead, flash freeze them and store in the freez­er until you are ready to cook them. You can cook the frozen chick­en cor­don bleu using the same instruc­tions in the recipe card. But you will need to add extra time (5 to 10 min­utes) to reach an inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of 160°, before the rest­ing period.

closeup of whole chicken cordon bleu on a plate with salad

What to Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

If you would serve it with any oth­er chick­en dish, then it will work as a side with Chick­en Cor­don Bleu.

I love keep­ing the sides light, like a House Sal­ad or Air Fry­er Green Beans along­side some Per­fect Brown Rice.

Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu would also be deli­cious served with Cran­ber­ry Apple Sal­ad, my scrump­tious Kale Sal­ad with Apples and Roast­ed But­ter­nut Squash or even a Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Salad

Try it with Man­darin Orange Sal­ad, Gar­lic Mashed Pota­toes, or even Sweet Pota­to Casse­role. You def­i­nite­ly won’t be disappointed!

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

(Full Video Tuto­r­i­al in the Recipe Card)

Prep the Chicken:

  1. Pre­heat the air fry­er (or oven) to 400° F.
  2. Cut a pock­et into the cen­ter of each chick­en breast, length­wise.  See the video for a visu­al demonstration.
  3. The eas­i­est way to insert the ham and cheese is to fold a slice of the baby Swiss cheese in half and wrap a slice of deli ham around it as many times as the ham will reach.
  4. Place a fold­ed ham and cheese por­tion into the pock­et in each chick­en breast.
  5. Use tooth­picks to “stitch” the pock­et closed and hold the ham and cheese in place. (See the video)
  6. Whisk togeth­er the mayo, stone ground mus­tard, salt and pep­per in a small bowl.
  7. Brush each chick­en breast gen­er­ous­ly with the mixture.
  8. Sprin­kle Ital­ian sea­soned Panko over each bone­less skin­less chick­en breast and press the bread crumbs firm­ly  into the may­on­naise mix­ture. (Remem­ber if you pur­chased plain Panko, add 1/2 tea­spoon of gar­lic pow­der and 2 tea­spoons of Ital­ian sea­son­ing to your bread crumbs before apply­ing them to the chicken.)
  9. Turn the chick­en breasts over and repeat, brush­ing with the mayo mix­ture and press­ing in the crumbs.
closeup of sliced chicken cordon bleu on a plate with salad

Make the Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu and Prepare Sauce:

  1. Spray the air fry­er bas­ket with pan spray.
  2. Place each chick­en roll into the air fry­er bas­ket leav­ing space between them.
  3. Spray each pre­pared chick­en breast light­ly with pan spray.
  4. Air fry at 400° for 18–20 min­utes, until the inter­nal tem­per­a­ture reach­es 160°.  (After a brief rest­ing time the temp will have risen to the USDA rec­om­mend­ed 165°.)
  5. Five min­utes before the Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is done air fry­ing, pre­pare the sauce by whisk­ing togeth­er all ingre­di­ents and warm­ing in a saucepan over low heat.  Do NOT boil the sauce or you may cur­dle it.  Just keep the heat low.
  6. Remove your chick­en cor­don bleu from the air fry­er and allow it to rest for two to three minutes.
  7. REMOVE THE TOOTHPICKS.
  8. Serve with the pre­pared sauce and your favorite sides.
two plates of chicken cordon bleu with salad sitting on a table with salt and pepper shakers and a blue print cloth napkin

I think you’re going to love mak­ing chick­en cor­don bleu in the air fry­er. If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I hope you’ll con­sid­er com­ing back to leave a com­ment and 5 star rat­ing. 5 star rat­ings help oth­ers find this recipe in a Google search. Thank you so much!

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closeup of whole chicken cordon bleu on a plate with salad

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 27 min­utes
  • Yield: 4 serv­ings 1x

Description

Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is ten­der chick­en breast, coat­ed in crispy Panko that’s been stuffed with smoky ham and melty Swiss cheese. It’s a scrump­tious 30-minute-easy air fry­er recipe. (Can also be oven baked.)

Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is ten­der chick­en breast, coat­ed in crispy Panko that’s been stuffed with smoky ham and melty Swiss cheese. It’s a scrump­tious 30-minute-easy air fry­er recipe. (Can also be oven baked.)


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the Chicken

  • 2 chick­en breasts
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese, I use baby Swiss
  • 2 slices deli-sliced ham
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tea­spoons stone ground mustard
  • 1 tea­spoon salt
  • 1 tea­spoon black pepper
  • 2/3 cup Ital­ian Sea­soned Panko Bread Crumbs

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Table­spoons whole milk
  • 2 tea­spoons Home­made Chick­en Bouillon
  • 2 tea­spoons Stone Ground Mustard
  • 2 Table­spoons Parme­san Cheese

Instructions

Prep the Chicken:

  1. Pre­heat the air fry­er (or oven) to 400° F.
  2. Cut a pock­et into the cen­ter of each chick­en breast, length­wise.  See the video for a visu­al demonstration.
  3. The eas­i­est way to insert the ham and cheese is to fold a slice of the baby Swiss cheese in half and wrap a slice of deli ham around it as many times as the ham will reach.
  4. Place a fold­ed ham and cheese por­tion into the pock­et in each chick­en breast.
  5. Use tooth­picks to “stitch” the pock­et closed and hold the ham and cheese in place. (See the video)
  6. Brush each chick­en breast gen­er­ous­ly with the mixture.
  7. Sprin­kle Ital­ian sea­soned Panko over each bone­less skin­less chick­en breast and press the bread crumbs firm­ly  into the may­on­naise mix­ture.  (Remem­ber if you pur­chased plain Panko, add 1/2 tea­spoon of gar­lic pow­der and 2 tea­spoons of Ital­ian sea­son­ing to your bread crumbs before apply­ing them to the chicken.)
  8. Turn the chick­en breasts over and repeat, brush­ing with the mayo mix­ture and press­ing in the crumbs.

Air Fry the Chicken Cordon Bleu and Prepare Sauce:

  1. Spray the air fry­er bas­ket with pan spray.
  2. Place each chick­en roll into the air fry­er bas­ket leav­ing space between them.
  3. Spray each pre­pared chick­en breast light­ly with pan spray.
  4. Air fry at 400° for 18–20 min­utes, until the inter­nal tem­per­a­ture reach­es 160°.  (After a brief rest­ing time the temp will have risen to the USDA rec­om­mend­ed 165°.)
  5. Five min­utes before the Air Fry­er Chick­en Cor­don Bleu is done air fry­ing, pre­pare the sauce by whisk­ing togeth­er all ingre­di­ents and warm­ing in a saucepan over low heat.  Do NOT boil the sauce or you may cur­dle it.  Just keep the heat low.
  6. Remove your chick­en cor­don bleu from the air fry­er and allow it to rest for two to three minutes.
  7. REMOVE THE TOOTHPICKS.
  8. Serve with the pre­pared sauce and your favorite sides.

Notes

These are LARGE serv­ings if you use them as two.  I rec­om­mend cut­ting each chick­en cor­don bleu in half to serve it.  Then it will make 4 gen­er­ous servings.

This recipe is made with Ital­ian Sea­soned Panko Bread Crumbs (I buy Great Val­ue brand at Wal­mart.)  If you use plain Panko for this recipe, mix 1/2 tea­spoon of gar­lic pow­der and 2 tea­spoons of Ital­ian sea­son­ing into your bread crumbs.

To Bake in Oven instead of Air Fryer

If you don’t have an air fry­er, you can def­i­nite­ly bake chick­en cor­don bleu in your oven. If you have a con­vec­tion fea­ture on your oven I rec­om­mend you use it, for quick­er and more even cooking.

  1. Pre­heat the oven to 400°.
  2. Place an oven safe cooling/baking rack [affil­i­ate link] on a rimmed bak­ing sheet [affil­i­ate link] and spray it with pan spray.
  3. Place the chick­en cor­don bleu rolls onto the rack and spray them light­ly with pan spray. 
  4. Bake for 20 to 30 min­utes, until the inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of each roll reach­es 160° F. They will con­tin­ue to cook for a bit after being removed from the oven.  So, they will reach the USDA rec­om­mend­ed safe serv­ing tem­per­a­ture of 165° F after a brief rest­ing period.
  5. Remove from the oven.
  6. Remove tooth picks.
  7. Serve with pre­pared sauce.
  • Prep Time: 7 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 20 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Main Dish, Chicken
  • Method: Air Fry or Bake
  • Cui­sine: French-Amer­i­can

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    • Hi Rose­mary. Those are just tra­di­tion­al Cor­don Bleu fla­vors, but you could mix it up to suit your own tastes. Do you like sour cream or plain yogurt? Maybe even Ranch Dress­ing? I think those would work bet­ter than an egg wash if you want the same tex­tures as a Cor­don Bleu. As far as a sub­sti­tute for the mus­tard, it would depend on fla­vors you DO enjoy. Bar­be­cue Sauce? Horse­rad­ish Sauce?, Ranch Dress­ing? I have nev­er tried any of those, but if I was switch­ing things up, that’s prob­a­bly the first place I would start. Hope you find alter­na­tives that you love. If you do, please let me know what com­bi­na­tion you liked best.

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