I saw that Brian had written about deliciously losing his guy card and I rolled on the floor laughing.  I couldn't stop laughing, not because he lost his guy card, again, but because I thought if he can lose one, I can get one. One of my all time favorite meals is Chicken Cordon Bleu. Not always what my waistline needs or should have so in an effort to continue enjoying this dish, I have made some revisions. No, this isn't a recipe throwdown like you may see on the Food Network, my favorite television channel, it's more a guy card challenge.I will show my hand a bit by throwing in the word barbecue, which screams guy card without ever saying anymore.

First thing's first, make sure you have propane, just because there's a tank attached to the grill doesn't mean there's actually enough propane to cook dinner.

Once you are sure we can go forward, wash your hands and let's get going. You'll want to preheat the grill for about ten minutes to make sure its nice and hot, but you shouldn't worry about that until you've wrestled your second to last chicken breast. Please don't think I am kidding when I say wrestle, unless you man down and use cooking twine, you are gonna wrestle you some chicken. It is actually quite fun and a source of entertainment for my kids. Maybe some day I'll sell tickets to this event, just kidding.

Here's what you will need for "Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu"

  • thawed chicken breasts, 1 to infinity
  • aged Swiss cheese, 1 per piece of chicken
  • sandwich thick smoked ham slices, 1 per piece of chicken
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • toothpicks

Don't mean to be vague, but this is one of the simplest recipes, make it for ten or just you.

  1. butterfly the chicken breast(s)
  2. place half a slice of cheese down, then ham and the other half of cheese
  3. wrestle the piece of chicken-fold it onto itself and secure with toothpicks*
  4. preheat grill
  5. place on plate and repeat wrestling maneuver until all pieces have been secured
  6. brush each piece with olive oil on all sides
  7. sprinkle with salt and pepper
  8. cook on grill approximately 6 minutes each side or until your instant-read meat thermometer reads 150, the chicken will continue to temp out for 5-7 minutes after removing from heat.
  9. tent chicken with foil while you finish side dishes you may have made. Asparagus, Green Beans and even Brussels Sprouts are a great accompaniment.

Not only is this dish made on the grill it is a healthier rendition of an all time favorite  and the whole family loves it. I dare you to try it and if you're really daring, send me a video of you wrestling with the chicken.

*I have tied the chicken, I have used bamboo skewers broke in half and nothing to this day is more fun or has better results than the toothpicks. If truth be told, tying does come close to creating perfect bundles without a lot of wrestling,  but I don't usually have the twine on hand and half to use toothpicks.