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Chicken Cordon Bleu

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2 skinless boneless chicken breasts; halved
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 ounces reduced-fat swiss cheese
--cut in 4 slices
4 ounces lean cooked ham
--cut in slices
1/4 cup seasoned bead crumbs
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon melted reduced-fat margarine; plus 1 teaspoon

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place each chicken breast half between two pieces of waxed paper and pound to 1/4-inch thickness.

2. Spread mustard down center of chicken. Sprinkle with thyme. Top each chicken breast with a slice of Swiss cheese and a slice of ham. Roll up jelly-roll style, tucking in sides of ham and chicken to seal. Secure with skewers or large toothpicks.

3. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Brush chicken with melted margarine; roll in crumb mixture. Place in 9- by 9-inch baking pan.

4. Bake at 400F 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; bake until chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove skewers. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings. Preparation time: About 20 to 25 minutes. Cooking time: About 30 to 35 minutes.

Per serving: About 243 cal, 28 g pro, 5 g car, 7 g fat, 25% cal from fat, 83 mg cholesterol, 740 mg sod, 0 g fiber.

Busted by Gail Shermeyer <>

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Contributor: Low-Fat Meals, Woman's Day, 4/96

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: 0:00

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