German Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe – Oma’s Hähnchenrouladen

Does the idea of preparing a chicken cordon bleu recipe, also known as Hähnchenrouladen, seem daunting? Fear not! I have an easy German version that will impress your guests and delight your family. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy this delicious dish.

Chicken Cordon Bleu: A German Twist

When it comes to great dinner ideas, German chicken recipes may not initially come to mind. Traditionally, chicken cordon bleu is considered an extravagant, expensive, and French dish. However, it’s actually a variation of the German rouladen made with chicken breast. And guess what? You don’t even have to pound the chicken breast to make it thin!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu

To prepare this delectable dish, start by cutting a pocket into the chicken breasts without cutting all the way through. Next, set up an assembly line with bowls of flour, egg and milk mixture, and breadcrumbs for easy dredging. Roll up ham and cheese tightly and place one roll inside each pocket. Dredge each breast in the flour, then the egg and milk mixture, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs. Place the breaded stuffed chicken into a casserole dish.

Lydia making Chicken Cordon Bleu

Cover the dish with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing the breading to stick to the meat. You can prepare this dish up to one day in advance if needed. When ready, transfer the breaded stuffed chicken onto a lightly greased, rimmed cookie sheet and bake in the oven.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Origins

Surprisingly, the original chicken cordon bleu recipe hails from Switzerland rather than France. The term “Cordon Bleu” is French and refers to a prestigious cooking school. The recipe itself involves wrapping meat around cheese and then breading and frying it. In Germany, one popular variation is Schnitzel Cordon Bleu, which uses veal instead of chicken.

Oma’s Perspective

As an adventurous cook, I decided to experiment with this recipe and discovered that it’s neither expensive nor as difficult as it might seem. While frying the chicken roulade is an option, baking it in the oven is much easier. This chicken cordon bleu recipe is so simple and delicious that I wouldn’t reserve it only for special occasions; it’s a perfect dish for just my hubby and me!

What to Serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Wondering what to pair with these Hähnchenrouladen? There are endless possibilities! Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Asparagus Salad
  2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar
  3. Creamy Green Beans
  4. Foolproof Scalloped Potatoes


(Q) Is chicken cordon bleu difficult to make?
(A) Not at all! This German version is easy to prepare, even for kids.

(Q) Can I make chicken cordon bleu ahead of time?
(A) Absolutely! You can prepare it up to one day in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake.


Chicken cordon bleu may have its origins in Switzerland, but this German variation is a delightful twist on the classic recipe. With a simple preparation method and delicious results, it’s a dish that will impress your guests and become a family favorite. Give it a try, and let the flavors of chicken, ham, and cheese transport you to culinary bliss.

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