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Chicken Cordon Bleu slices next to bowl of Dijon mustard sauce.

My smoked chicken cordon bleu is a juicy chicken breast stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese, then smoked to perfection and topped with a tangy Dijon cream sauce.

Chicken cutlets seasoned with Dijon sauce.  The text is read "Smoked chicken cordon bleu".Chicken cutlets seasoned with Dijon sauce.  The text is read "Smoked chicken cordon bleu".

Smoked chicken cordon bleu

The only thing better than biting into a perfectly smoked chicken breast is discovering the melted Swiss cheese and tasty sliced ​​ham hidden inside. My Smoked Chicken Cordon Bleu takes this classic dish to new heights by infusing it with light smoky notes that perfectly complement the rich, creamy flavors. The crunchy panko coating gives each bite a satisfying crunch, while the creamy housemade Dijon sauce provides a tangy finish that will ensure your family doesn't leave any leftovers behind.

So fire up the smoker and get ready to make this “blue ribbon” dish right in your backyard with my simple recipe.

What is cordon bleu?

Chicken cordon bleu is a French-inspired chicken dish, typically flattened and then stuffed with ham and cheese. The name “cordon bleu” translates to “blue ribbon“, and that means your guests will have a high-quality meal. What sets my recipe apart from traditional chicken cordon bleu is the smoking process. By cooking chicken in the smoker, you'll add a layer of smoky flavor that your family will rave about for years to come.

Chicken breasts on a baking sheet next to bowls of wet and dry dredges.Chicken breasts on a baking sheet next to bowls of wet and dry dredges.

Ingredients for Chicken Cordon Bleu

Now that you know a little more about chicken cordon bleu, let's see what is needed to prepare it. This recipe calls for simple, easily available ingredients that combine to create an impressive dish. Here's everything you'll need:

  • 4 chicken breast
  • 8 slices thick cut raw ham
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

If you want a crispy exterior for your chicken, then my panko crust made with a combination of wet and dry dredges is the ticket. Here's what you need for them:

Wet dredge

  • 2 egg
  • 2 tbsp whole milk

Dredge dry

Dijon cream sauce

No chicken cordon bleu is complete without a creamy Dijon sauce. My spicy cream sauce is the perfect accompaniment, offering a tangy, smooth contrast to the smoked chicken. It's quick and easy to prepare while the chicken is smoking and elevates the dish to restaurant-quality status. Here's what you need:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • salt taste
  • black pepper taste

Simply combine all the ingredients for the Dijon sauce in a small bowl, then whisk well until you have a smooth, creamy sauce for the breaded chicken breasts.

Ingredients for Dijon sauce in glass bowls.Ingredients for Dijon sauce in glass bowls.

How to prepare chicken cordon bleu on the smoker

Prepare to impress with this smoked version of a staple. The process is simple, but the result will be legendary. The hardest part of making it is resisting the urge to eat while the mouth-watering aroma fills your garden:

  1. Light the grill. Preheat the smoker to 275°F, giving it time to come up to temperature while you prepare the chicken.
  2. Stuff the chicken. Use a sharp knife, cut a pocket in each chicken breast, then arrange 4 slices of ham and place a slice of cheese on top of each slice of ham. Roll up the ham and cheese. Stuff each chicken breast with the rolled ham and cheese, then secure the chicken with toothpicks.
  3. Dredge the chicken. Lightly whisk the eggs and milk together in a shallow dish. In a separate shallow dish, combine the panko breadcrumbs and some Hey Grill Hey Chicken Rub. Dip each stuffed chicken breast into the egg mixture and then transfer to the seasoned breadcrumbs. Coat the chicken on both sides with breadcrumbs.
  4. Smoke the chicken. Place the chicken cordon bleu directly on the smoker grates and close the lid. Smoke the chicken for 60 to 90 minutes, turning once during cooking. Remove when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F, using a reliable meat thermometer.
  5. Make the Dijon cream sauce. Combine all ingredients for the cream sauce in a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Rest and serve. Remove the chicken cordon bleu from the grill. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes and remember to remove the toothpicks. Serve with Dijon cream sauce on the side and prepare for a chicken dish worthy of the name.
Panko breaded chicken breast on a baking sheet and chicken breasts in moist and dry dredgers.Panko breaded chicken breast on a baking sheet and chicken breasts in moist and dry dredgers.

Tips for making this recipe

If you do nothing but follow my simple steps, your family will consider you a backyard barbecue hero. However, I have some pro tips to help you make your chicken cordon bleu the stuff of legend.

  • Quality chicken. This is a popular dish with a history of quality, so you don't want to skimp on the chicken. Choose a thick breast for easier filling and juicier results.
  • Do not overdo it. You will want to leave room for the cheese to melt without spilling out. Nothing will ruin a sophisticated dish faster than watching it fall apart while your guests are trying to eat.
  • Remember toothpicks. Use toothpicks to secure the openings while smoking the chicken. And, more importantly, remember to remove them before serving.

What to serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu

Traditionally, chicken cordon bleu is served with a side of vegetables and steamed potatoes. I have recipes for both Smoked Mashed Potatoes and Smoked Garlic Mashed Potatoes that you can make on the smoker right next to the chicken. Pair it with my grilled asparagus or zucchini and squash and a salad for a refreshing contrast to your rich, creamy chicken.

Cordon Bleu chicken breasts on smoker grills.Cordon Bleu chicken breasts on smoker grills.

More chicken recipes

If you're craving more delicious chicken dishes, you're in luck. From whole smoked chickens to grilled chicken wings, I have recipes for every cut and cooking method. Check out the Chicken section of my website for all the options, but here are some of my personal favorites to try next:

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

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  • Light the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F.

  • Stuff the chicken. Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket in each chicken breast. Arrange 4 slices of ham and place a slice of cheese on top of each slice of ham. Roll up the ham and cheese. Stuff each chicken breast with the rolled ham and cheese. Secure the opening with toothpicks.

    4 chicken breasts, 8 slices of thickly cut raw ham, 4 slices of Swiss cheese

  • Dredge the chicken. Lightly whisk the eggs and milk together in a shallow dish or cake pan. In a separate shallow dish, combine the panko breadcrumbs and chicken seasoning. Dip each stuffed chicken breast into the egg mixture and then transfer to the seasoned breadcrumbs. Coat the chicken on both sides with breadcrumbs.

    2 eggs, 2 tablespoons whole milk, 2 cups panko seasoning, 2 tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Chicken Rub

  • Smoke the chicken. Place the chicken cordon bleu directly on the smoker grates and close the lid. Smoke the chicken for 60 to 90 minutes, turning once during cooking. Remove when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

  • Prepare the Dijon cordon bleu sauce. Combine all ingredients for the cream sauce in a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

    ½ cup mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper

  • Rest and serve. Remove the chicken cordon bleu from the grill. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes and serve with Dijon cream sauce on the side.

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 3G | Protein: 56G | Fat: 35G | Saturated fats: 10G | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 858mg | Sugar: 2G | Vitamin A: 344UI | C vitamin: 3mg | Soccer: 233mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated automatically, so should only be used as an approximation.

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