To start, let me make it clear that only two burners on the stove work right. This makes cooking many things a challenge in itself, but we do what we have to do. Tonight’s attempt is chicken cordon bleu, which I’ve never made before. D (pscyclone) is a big fan of it, so here I am in the kitchen with my scary stove and some on sale chicken breasts. Right out of the gate there’s a problem, we have no corkscrew in the house. Neither of us are drinkers, me not at all and him only the occasional stout, so it’s not surprising that in turning this kitchen from the former bachelor pad into my domain, a corkscrew has been overlooked. D is now on a mission to try to figure out how to get the cork out of the white wine.

Success! A multi tool was located in the garage, he’s a man of many blades, and we have wine.
 
Now the toothpicks have gone missing. From the proclaimed confusion of the whole household, a toothpick thief must have claimed them while we were out as not one single splinter is to be found anywhere. Right! Thread it is, and let me state here that neatly securing the edges of raw chicken with toothpicks is much different than trying to wrestle thread around ham, cheese, and annoyed chicken. Tied up and into the flour and paprika they go, and from there it’s a small flop into the simmering butter. The soundtrack is Johnny Cash, as it usually is around our house.
 

The chicken is browning nicely, no scorching of the butter and in goes the wine. Woosh! Always been very fond of that sound, when the liquid hits the fats and everything smells delicious as it rises in a beautiful plume from the pan. The cream, the decadent cream, mixed in with the wine and butter perfectly, and what I was at first worried was too dark turned a beautiful warm colour. Poured over the chicken breasts, it made me feel like a real cook. Some green beans (out of a can), and Cuban bread from the grocery store’s bakery were added, and this is the result. The taste is so good that I couldn’t be more pleased. The sauce was scoop it up with the bread, lick your fingers good (not that I’d ever *ahem* do such an uncouth, unladylike thing), and I’m pretty sure from the look of it that D licked his plate clean. He pronounced it a success!

The recipe, found on www.allrecipes.comas Chicken Cordon Bleu II.

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices ham
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. Pound chicken breasts if they are too thick. Place a cheese and ham slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Mix the flour and paprika in a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces.
  2. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Add the wine and bouillon. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  3. Remove the toothpicks, and transfer the breasts to a warm platter. Blend the cornstarch with the cream in a small bowl, and whisk slowly into the skillet. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve warm.
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