As well known in America as its origins in France, Chicken Cordon Bleu stuffs ham and Swiss cheese into a breaded chicken cutlet. It’s simply irresistible.
And now it’s about to become a risotto you’ll never forget.
Speaking of risotto, it’s reason to get an Instant Pot alone as it takes out all of the babysitting with barely any effort whatsoever. Prepare to fall in love with this cheesy, creamy, dreamy risotto that summons the charms of Paris in your kitchen.
- 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) salted butter
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced into 1/4-inch chicken cutlets and then cut into bite-size pieces
- 3 cloves (1 tablespoon) garlic, minced or pressed
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (like a Pinot Grigio - NOTE: If not into wine, add an additional 1/2 cup of broth)
- 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 2 1/2 cups shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese
- 1 (5.2-ounce) package of Boursin (any flavor) cut into chunky cubes
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)
- 1 pound ham, cut 1/4-inch thick and diced (I use Virginia ham but any is fine - see Jeffrey's Tips)
- Ritz crackers, crushed for topping (optional)
- Add the butter to the Instant Pot. Hit Sauté and Adjust to the More or High setting. Once the butter’s melted, add the shallot and sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the chicken and garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes until the chicken is pinkish-white in color.
- Add the risotto and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add the wine and deglaze (scrape) the bottom the pot to get any browned bits up from it. If not using wine, add in 1/2 cup of broth now to deglaze.
- Add the broth, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard powder and stir.
- Secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position, and hit Keep Warm/Cancel followed Manual or Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes. Quick release when done. It may appear thick and soupy at this point and this is exactly what we want.
- Stir the remaining broth with the risotto when done and you’ll notice that it will begin to thicken very quickly as rice always continues to absorb. Add the shredded cheese and Boursin and stir until melded and very creamy. Add the Dijon (if using) and ham and stir until combined into the risotto. Serve and enjoy topped with crushed Ritz crackers, if desired.
The deli section will usually slice your ham for you as thick or thin as you want it. Ask them to slice the ham into 1/4-inch slices (2 of these thick slices are about 1 pound).
Even if not a mustard lover, trust me on the mustard powder and Dijon - it's not pungent on once mixed in and is a large player in a Cordon Bleu.