Thursday, January 3, 2013

Quick & Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu

Heads up on a cool new product. After my Mum's recent fall I needed some SUPER quick protein packed meals. We had enough stress going on that I just didn't want to have to think about much more. This week's savior has been Hillshire Farms Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breasts. They come in three flavors: Original, Italian Style and Garlic & Herb.

I found them in the refrigerated meat section near bacon in my supermarket. They come in a box and inside are two microwave-safe pouches. You just toss the pouch in the microwave and nuke for 60-65 seconds, let it stand in microwave for 1 minute then carefully remove chicken from the pouch (it gets steamy so be careful.)

Each breast is 120 calories and 19 grams of protein.

They are great for a quickie stir fry, just slice and toss in a pan with some chopped veggies and a dash of soy sauce OR chop them on top on top of salad greens with a dollop of salsa and sprinkle with cheese for a easy taco salad OR make my Quick & Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu with them...

Shelly's Quick & Healthier Chicken Cordon Bleu

1 Hillshire Farms Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast (any flavor, I used Garlic & Herb)
2 or 3 Mushrooms, sauteed
1 slice Deli Ham
1 slice Swiss
dash of Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute mushrooms till golden. Set aside. Cook chicken per package instructions.

Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Top chicken with slice of ham, the sauteed mushrooms and place Swiss on top. Sprinkle with seasonings and place under the broiler till cheese is bubbly about 2 minutes.

They would be great with any hot veggie side. I served it with sliced cucumbers and a dollop of Greek yogurt with a dash of oregano.

If I still worked in an office these would be especially great. I remember everyone converging on the one microwave in the lunch room, all trying to heat lunches at the same time and having to wait up to 10 minutes per person. If you didn't get in first you had to scoff your food down before your break was over. Not OK post weight loss surgery. Eating fast = the kiss of death. These are so quick to prepare, you'll be 19 grams of protein up before your coworker figures out the instructions on her TV dinner.

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Denise H. said...

This looks delicious. I have GOT to get over my fear of pre-cooked meats. You have so many quick recipes like this one. It would be a perfect dinner for my teens and myself after a day's work. I'll have to just try it!

Barbara Conley said...

These sound fabulous and perfect for the office. I'm going to have to try them. Thanks for the recipe. A definite addition to my shopping list. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Sounds good, but being a cancer survivor I will NOT microwave in plastic any longer. I don't care if the manufacturer says it safe, I don't trust them. Now off to read the rest of the post.. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Looks great and fast! I had RNY 12/18, so when I can eat meats one day I'll have to remember this meal. As a newbie RNY, your blog as been reassuring and educational! Thanks! Cecilia

Tess said...

While these look really awesome, I will have to try it with my regular chicken breast. Since I hadn't seen them in this area, I checked out Hillshire Farms website and there are no stores that carry them within a 15+ mile radius of my zip code.

Anonymous said...

shelly just want to say a special thank you for all you do i really appreciate you taking the time to post all these recipes. helps me so so much and i just love them all

dalpaint said...

One does not have to use precooked meats-simply roast or bake a few chicken breasts while you are roasting fresh vegs and you will have your own stash in the freezer of precooked protein. I feel that the most important part post op is making your own food and darling Shelly has made it easier for all of us with her wonderful recipes and ideas. and yes I work full time as well as caring for a disabled hubby but i always set aside an afternoon or morning on the weekends to cook for the freezer and more often than not, it is one of Shelly's recipes or components thereof. i also buy precooked items at Costco or Trader Joes to have on hand for those weeks that may just get a tad crazy. As hubby and I loved chix cordon bleu for real before surgery i know we will love this version post op! Thanks again for all you share and do Shelly.
Dore Legault
Lehigh Acres Florida