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Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu

When we decided to bring back Better than the Freezer Aisle, I knew I had to try my hand at Chicken Cordon Bleu.  I’ve never had it before but the combination of chicken, ham and cheese is a winner in my book every time.  I popped out to buy the freezer aisle version and actually cooked it up same day.  Dinner became a taste test and challenge to see which my family preferred.  Because the freezer aisle version had more of the breading and less chicken, I thought it might win.  I mean, we love fried food in my house.  However, the taste was bland and the lack of chicken was disappointing.  I am proud to say that 3 out of 4 family members preferred mine and the 4th is my 2 year old who ate them both wholeheartedly (so still a win!).  Once again, my recipe came out to be 75% cheaper than the freezer aisle version.  One box only yielded 2 chicken breasts (for an outrageous $8)  and while it said it was 2 servings, the amount of chicken was truly more like one serving.  Hope you enjoy this one!

Copycat Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu


Katie @ Onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 large egg, beat
  • 1.5 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 0.5 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • 0.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 4 slices american cheese
  • 4 slices deli ham


Place egg in a bowl for egg wash. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, garlic powder and onion powder in a flat bowl. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make them thinner. Then, wrap each breast in plastic wrap and flatten using a meat mallet. On top of each chicken breast, layer swiss cheese, american cheese and deli ham. Roll chicken up tightly. Dip rolled chicken into egg wash, then place in bread crumb bowl. Cover outside of chicken with bread crumbs, using your hands if necessary. Place breaded chicken seam side down in a greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare per above directions, but do not bake. Cover pans tightly with foil, label and freeze. TO SERVE: Thaw. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Servings:  4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

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