This Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe is a classic combination!

Savory ham and melty cheese are stuffed into a chicken breast, covered in seasoned breadcrumbs, and then air-fried until juicy and irresistible. For a tender and crispy main dish that looks like it took forever to make, this entree is hard to beat!

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Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe


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What is Chicken Cordon Bleu?

  • Classic main dishes are now made even easier in the air fryer!
  • Get restaurant-quality results with this breaded chicken cordon bleu that’s quick enough to make for every day, but elegant enough for company!
  • Meal prep chicken cordon bleu rolls and use them all week long for dinner, energizing workday lunches, or slice and serve on top of a bed of salad greens.
  • Reheat slices and make a sandwich with a smear of Dijon mustard!

Air fryer chicken cordon bleu ingredients

Ingredients & Variations

CHICKEN: Choose chicken breasts of the same size so they cook equally in the air fryer. They should be boneless, skinless, but intact and clean.

Fresh is always best, but frozen will work once they are fully thawed.

HAM: Deli ham should be thin and easy to work with for this recipe. However, leftover ham can be used if it’s cut into small dice. No ham? Bacon crumbles will deliver the same savory, salty flavor!

CHEESE: Sliced Swiss cheese holds everything together as it melts and is a bright and tangy complement to ham. Gruyere, havarti, or cheddar will do in a pinch!

BREADCRUMBS: Perfect chicken cordon bleu is all about the crispy breadcrumbs that seal in the ingredients and add texture!

Got leftover bread? Make homemade breadcrumbs and have some on hand for future recipes! For low-carb breadcrumbs, try using crushed pork rinds.

steps for making cordon bleu

How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu in the Air Fryer

Chicken Cordon Bleu has never been so easy to make.

  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts so they open (like a book). Pound to a ¼” thickness and season.
  2. Top each chicken breast with ham and cheese, fold over, and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Bread chicken breasts (per the recipe below), ensuring they’re covered on all sides.
  4. Spray with pan release and cook until crisp and the internal chicken temperature is 165°F.

Let rest, then serve warm while the cheese is still melted and delicious!
Cooked chicken cordon bleu on a plate

What to Serve with Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Got time for an easy sauce? Simply pop open a jar of Alfredo sauce and serve over the top of Chicken Cordon Bleu!

Make the air fryer pull double duty and make a side like mushrooms and asparagus, brussels sprouts, or roasted garlic rosemary potatoes, and an easy tossed salad on the side.

Tips for Crispy Breaded Chicken

  • For best results, ensure the outside of the rolls are patted dry before dipping into the egg wash so the wash and coating can adhere properly. Press the coating into the rolls if needed.
  • The chicken will continue to cook once it’s removed from the air fryer. Allow rolls to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing, to keep chicken juicy.

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Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Crispy chicken with tender ham and swiss filling made easy in the air fryer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4



  • 4 small chicken breasts boneless skinless, 4-5 oz each
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 4 slices deli Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 1 egg beaten
  • cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs


  • Place the chicken breast on a flat work surface and butterfly the chicken by cutting most of the way through so it opens like a book. Pound to ¼ " thickness.
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Place the ham and cheese inside each chicken breast. Close the breasts and secure with a toothpick.
  • Mix panko bread crumbs and seasoned bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Dip chicken into egg and then bread crumbs.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370°F.
  • Generously spray the rolls with cooking spray and place in the bottom of the air fryer basket.
  • Cook 10 minutes. Flip chicken over and cook an additional 8-10 minutes or until bread crumbs are crisp and chicken reaches 165°F.


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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French

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