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Lazy Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Craving the amazing flavors of chicken cordon bleu but you don’t want to pound, stuff, and fry chicken? This poor man’s air-fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu is just for you! It’s so quick, so easy, and so darn tasty!

Lazy air fryer chicken cordon bleu on a white plate.

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Unbelievably quick, easy, and delish, this lazy air fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe is a favorite in our house! I love that it’s ready in about 30 minutes, and this hearty meal tastes so much fancier than it really is! Packed with flavor, it’s meaty, salty, cheesy, and oh-so-good!

What you’ll love about Lazy Air-Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu


  • It’s meaty, cheesy, and oh-so-good!
  • This is a crazy easy meal to make, and everyone will love it!
  • It’s made from affordable ingredients from your freezer and fridge!
A top down shot of air fryer chicken cordon bleu with tomato salad in a bowl nearby.

Ingredients

  • Frozen breaded chicken patties
  • Sliced deli ham
  • Sliced swiss cheese – or really any other easy-melting cheese

How To Make The Best Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Say goodbye to pounding chicken breasts, then stuffing and frying them. Instead, grab your air fryer, and you’ll be eating in no time!

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380-F.
  2. Add the frozen breaded chicken patties to the air fryer and cook for about 7 minutes. Flip them over and cook for 3-4 minutes or until they reach 160-F with a digital meat thermometer.
  3. Open the basket and layer each chicken cutlet with the sliced ham and then the cheese.
  4. Put them back into the air fryer for another minute or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
A horizontal shot of 3 chicken cordon bleu patties on a plate.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Heating times are approximate and will vary based on the thickness of your chicken cutlets and air fryer model.
  • Always check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165-F with a digital meat thermometer before eating.
  • Switch up the cheese! Don’t like swiss cheese? Try Monterey Jack, cheddar, or whatever you have on hand.
  • This is a great use of leftover ham. Slice it thinly and use it in place of deli slices.

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Make It A Meal

With all the hard work done efficiently and quickly in the air fryer, you’ll have time to make scrumptious sides with your lazy man’s chicken cordon bleu. I’d pair this tasty meal with Creamed Corn, Spaetzle (homemade German noodles), simple rice made in your Instant Pot, bulgur pilav, or potatoes with sour cream and bacon. Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi is also a tasty pairing with this recipe.

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat it at a lower heat in your air fryer, in the oven, or in the microwave.

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Lazy air fryer chicken cordon bleu on a white plate.
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Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu (Lazy Man style)

Forget pounding, stuffing, and frying chicken to make chicken cordon bleu and make it lazy man style instead! This Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu is so super quick and easy, AND it has all the flavors of the classic without the fuss!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, air fryer chicken, air fryer chicken cordon bleu, chicken, chicken cordon bleu
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 239kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen chicken patties or cutlets
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 1/2 cup swiss cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380-F.
  • Add the frozen breaded chicken patties to the air fryer and cook for about 7 minutes. Flip them over and cook for 3-4 minutes or until they reach 160-F with a digital meat thermometer.
  • Open the basket and layer each chicken cutlet with the sliced ham and then the cheese.
  • Put them back into the air fryer for another minute or until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Heating times are approximate and will vary based on the thickness of your chicken cutlets and air fryer model.
  • Always check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165-F with a digital meat thermometer before eating.
  • Switch up the cheese! Don’t like swiss cheese? Try Monterey Jack, cheddar, or whatever you have on hand.
  • This is a great use of leftover ham. Slice it thinly and use it in place of deli slices.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cutlet | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 170mg | Vitamin A: 112IU | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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7 thoughts on “Lazy Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu”

  1. 5 stars
    I just had this chicken cordon bleu and it was amazing! The seasoning was perfect, the cheese melted perfectly, and it just tasted like a true home-cooked meal.

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  2. 5 stars
    This is my kind of chicken cordon bleu! I’ve never had the patience to make the real deal so this was the perfect way to enjoy the salty deliciousness without the effort.

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  3. 5 stars
    This chicken cordon bleu recipe was so delicious! I tried making it during our family dinner, and it was a hit! The flavors are so perfect that they made my family want for more! This recipe is a must-try!

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  4. 5 stars
    This was so easy! I am putting it on my weekly dinner rotation. The whole family loved it and I hid the leftovers in our refrigerator so I could have them all to myself. HA!

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