Easy Weeknight Meals
Easy weeknight meals are a must for me. Are they for you? I find that when I don’t meal plan, or something gets in the way of what I’ve planned I need a quick and easy meal that I can pull together in no time flat, and get on the table in a matter of minutes. Let’s face it. There are days I am all sorts of prepared and ready to go (those are usually slow cooker days – check out my pot roast recipe) and then there are those days that I just don’t want to cook. I’d rather pile my family into the car and head out to my favorite restaurant.
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When I found myself leaving the house at dinner time more often then I knew I should, I knew it was time to amp up my easy weeknight meal arsenal. I started to develop some of my own, and when short on time I’d reference some from Food Network – a go-to for me. Their collection of easy meals is extensive.
Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu
The inspiration for my Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu came from the ingredients I had in my fridge. It happened on a day I wasn’t feeling like taking on a big dinner project. For protein, I had chicken and lunchmeat available and non-frozen. Since I had ham and cheese, cordon bleu came to mind. I did not, however; have any intention of rolling up meat and putting anything in the oven. It was hot. I wanted an easy weeknight meal, and I was determined to find a lazy way to make chicken cordon bleu easy.
Turns out it was a complete hit – one that my boys have asked for again and again. Not only that – I think this is a recipe that can be used for entertaining as well. It looks pretty, it’s delicious, and best of all, it’s on the table in minutes!
Easy Weeknight Meals – Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu
[lt_recipe name=”Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu” servings=”4″ prep_time=”15M” cook_time=”15M” total_time=”30M” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu is a quick, easy meal that you can get onto the table in a matter of minutes!” print=”yes” ingredients=”4 chicken breasts – pounded thin;4 tbsp butter;2 tbsp olive oil;1.5 tbsp dijon mustard;1 tbsp lemon juice;4 slices ham or prosciutto ;1/4c flour;1 tbsp corn starch ;1 tsp garlic powder;1 3/4c chicken stock;4 slices Swiss or American Cheese;Salt & Pepper to taste;” ]Preheat oven to 350.;Pound chicken until thin.;Season with salt and pepper.;Sprinkle garlic powder on each.;Coat each of the chicken breasts in flour.;Cook the chicken breasts in melted oil and butter until browned and cooked through.;Remove chicken from the pan and whisk in mustard and lemon juice.;Add corn starch to your chicken stock and whisk together.;Add mixture to the mustard and lemon juice in pan whisking at all times. (Make sure to get those lovely brown pieces off of the bottom of the pan).;Add chicken back to the pan.;Top with one slice of ham or prosciutto. ;Finish with one slice of cheese.;Place in preheated over for 5 minutes allowing the cheese and prosciutto to heat and the cheese to brown.;Serve with roasted tomatoes and garnish with parsley (if you have it on hand).;Enjoy![/lt_recipe]