Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu is an easy, air fryer chicken dinner for your family! Ready in 30 minutes with a three-ingredient sauce.

This delicious meal was a total hit with my entire family, even my son! I would consider this air fryer recipe an “intermediate” recipe, because you do have to take a few steps to prepare your chicken. But, it’s totally worth it! The end result of this air fryer chicken cordon bleu is chicken fried to golden perfection, stuffed with melted cheese and ham. 

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Chicken cordon bleu is a classic chicken dish that is perfect for special occasions! If you haven’t had it, it is typically made with deep frying the tender chicken breast. This air fried version of the recipe makes it a bit lighter, and appropriate for dinner any time! 

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Recipe Substitutions and Additions

The best recipe is one that uses what you have on hand at home! I have a few ideas for ingredient swaps, below:

  • Yes, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts! You can also pre-purchase thin sliced chicken breasts at the grocery store to save yourself the effort of having to pound out the chicken breasts. 
  • Instead of the Swiss cheese slices, try any mild flavored cheese, or aged Parmesan cheese. 
  • Instead of the slices of ham, try prosciutto. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover ham, too!
  • I have two options for the breading in the recipe card, below! I really like to use panko breadcrumbs whenever possible, but you can absolutely use normal breadcrumbs. 
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Tips for Making Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu at Home

  1. Pound your chicken breast out thin. Or, you can save time by buying thin sliced chicken breasts at the store.
  2. You can use deli ham or leftover ham. I used leftover ham from Thanksgiving, and it was delicious! 
  3. Swiss cheese is traditional, but most types of sliced cheese would be delicious! Feel free to substitute for what you have on hand. 
  4. Use Louisiana Fish Fry Air Fryer Chicken Coating for a perfectly crunchy coating with no fuss. 
  5. Pin your chicken, ham and cheese roll together with as many toothpicks as you need. You will remove the toothpicks after air frying. 
  6. Turn your chicken every 10 minutes for even air frying
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How to Make an Easy Mornay Sauce

Chicken Cordon Bleu is traditionally topped with mornay sauce, a classic, creamy French sauce. I created a “cheater” mornay sauce made with just three ingredients. To make this easy mornay sauce, you’ll combine equal parts sour cream and cream of chicken soup with a hearty squeeze of lemon juice. 

After you taste the sauce, you may want to add additional lemon juice, fresh herbs or garlic! The creamy, acidic flavor of this sauce is the perfect compliment to your Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve this air fryer chicken recipe with a side salad, some green beans and a starch like a baked potato, air fryer baked sweet potato or mac and cheese!

If you want to stick with the air fryer for your side dishes, I recommend trying out my Easy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, Air Fryer Broccolini, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries or Air Fryer Potato Wedges!

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Saving Leftover Chicken Cordon Bleu 

Have leftover chicken? Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in your air fryer for 2-3 minutes. 

If you enjoyed this Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe, please share your feedback in the comments.

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Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu is an easy air fryer chicken dinner for the whole family! Ready in 30 minutes with a three-ingredient sauce.

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup cream of chicken soup
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Place raw chicken breasts on an even surface. Cover with plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until flattened out to ¼ inch thickness. 
  2. Place one slice of ham and one slice of cheese in a single layer on top of chicken breast and gently roll up, securing with toothpicks. 
  3. Place Louisiana Fish Fry Chicken Coating on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Roll chicken in coating to coat, patting coating on any uncovered areas. 
  4. Place the coated chicken rolls in an air fryer basket
  5. Air fry at 390 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping chicken every ten minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, spray the surface of the chicken with cooking spray.
  6. Remove chicken from the air fryer when the crust is golden brown and the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit using an instant read thermometer. and the crust is golden brown. 
  7. In a small saucepan, combine sour cream, cream of chicken soup, lemon juice and mustard. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir frequently for 2-3 minutes, until well combined. 
  8. Top cooked chicken with cream sauce, serve warm

Notes

If you want to make your own bread crumb mixture for the coating, combine: 

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs 
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 414Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 137mgSodium 1087mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 41g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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