Hot Ham and Swiss Chicken Breasts

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

November 8, 2019

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Hot Ham and Swiss Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast topped with swiss cheese, pan fried ham slice, tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms

Served with sautéed mushrooms and tomato slices

Chicken Cordon Bleu, re-done

What is “Hot Ham and Swiss Chicken Breasts?” – really, it’s a spin off a classic Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Traditionally Chicken Cordon Bleu is a dish with meat wrapped around cheese. How most have come to know it is chicken, pounded thin and wrapped around ham and swiss, then breaded and fried.

Essentially what I did here was take the flavors you might see inside a chicken cordon bleu and reversed them to cut the breaded and fried portion of the dish and save time.

However, it felt like such a different dish than Chicken Cordon Bleu that in the end, I decided it was ham and swiss chicken breast! But now you know the story behind the recipe :)

How I set up my cooking process

Typically I’m a fan of a one pot dinners but I did notice with this dish it was easier to work in batches.

I cut my chicken breast in half length wise and THEN again cut it in half to make a thinner piece of chicken. This left me with six pieces of chicken.

I had six pieces of chicken in a bowl with the mustard mixture. Then the hot skillet. Then I had a covered dish.

First I sautéed the mushrooms and moved it to the covered dish. I cooked three chicken breasts and moved them to the covered dish. I placed a slice of swiss cheese on the chicken before putting the lid over top to help it melt slightly. Then cooked the next three chicken breasts.

I went ahead and put the slices of ham on a smaller heated skillet while the chicken cooked. It seemed to save time and it was easy to wash that skillet. Sometimes I debate and would rather not use an extra dish but this time it felt more efficient.

I then sliced the tomato and layered the plates – chicken with swiss, ham, mushrooms and tomato slices. It’s unique but a fun twist on chicken breast!

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Chicken breast topped with swiss cheese, pan fried ham slice, tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms

Ham and Swiss Chicken with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Stove Top
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
Cost: $1.93 per serving
A spin off Chicken Cordon Bleu using hot ham slices, swiss cheese and thinly cut chicken breasts.
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  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 oz white mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 3 slices swiss cheese cut in half
  • 6 slices shaved deli ham
  • 1 roma tomato sliced


  • Use chicken shears to cut any unwanted pieces of chicken breast. Cut chicken breast in half lengthwise. Cut chicken breast in half again going through the chicken to make a thinner breast.
  • Add chicken to a mixing bowl. Add mustard, 1 tsp olive oil and white wine vinegar. Stir to coat and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tsp olive oil and the mushrooms and cook. Stirring occasionally until browned. Place in a large covered dish to the side to keep warm. (Note: if mushroom slices are still large, chop further)
  • Add three chicken breasts to the hot pan and cook approximately 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove chicken to covered dish with mushrooms. Immediately place slice of cheese over each.
  • Add next batch of chicken breast to the skillet and repeat. Which chicken is cooking. heat a small skillet to medium high heat. Add ham slices in batches and heat about 2 minutes per side. Place on top of chicken breasts.
  • When all chicken is cooked through each should be topped with swiss and ham. Serve with mushroom and tomato slices.


This recipe makes 4 servings. Each chicken breast will be approximately than 2.5 ounces, plus toppings.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Ham and Swiss Chicken with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 507mg22%
Potassium 552mg16%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

One thought on “Hot Ham and Swiss Chicken Breasts”

  1. 5 stars
    Very nice combination of flavors! I love chicken cordon bleu and this has all of the flavors with the high carbs and fats. I’m not a fan of mushrooms so I skipped them, but the recipe is really good without them.

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