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Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

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•We turned this five-star restaurant entrée into a casual, bite-sized, even-better-than-the-real-thing comfort food.

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Ingredients

  • ~For the Bites:
  • 1 lb ground chicken, cooked and finely crumbled
  • 1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked deli ham, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup minced onions
  • 1 cup + 4 Tbsp flour, divided
  • 1-1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups cornflake crumbs
  • Oil, for frying
  • ~For the Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Details

Adapted from qvc.com

Preparation

Step 1

~To prepare the bites:

* Place the chicken and ham into a medium-size bowl.

* Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

* Add the onions and sauté until translucent.

* Stir in 4 Tbsp flour and cook for a minute.

* Add the milk, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika.

* Stir and heat until the sauce begins to simmer and has thickened.

* Fold the sauce into the bowl with the chicken and ham.

* Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until cool and firm, about 30 minutes.

~While mixture is cooling, make the dipping sauce.

* Melt the butter on medium-high heat in a medium saucepan.

* Add the flour and stir for about a minute.

* Add the milk and chicken stock and continue to stir while heating.

* When the sauce has almost begun to simmer and has thickened, add the cheese, salt and nutmeg.

* Stir until the cheese has melted and sauce is smooth.

* Hold on very low heat until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

~To bread and cook the bites:

*Heat a deep fryer or Dutch oven with oil to 375°F.

* Take the cooled mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls and roll into balls.

* Place them on a clean baking sheet.

* In separate shallow bowls, place 1 cup flour, eggs, and crumbs.

* Coat the bites 4–6 at a time with flour and then dip and coat completely with egg. Finally, roll the bites in the bread crumbs, coating completely.

* Place the bites back onto the baking sheet.

* Deep-fry the bites in batches of 6–8 at a time for about 3–4 minutes, or until deep-golden brown.

* Serve with the dipping sauce.

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