Searching for a delectable dish that’s remarkably simple to prepare? Try out this crispy air fryer chicken cordon bleu recipe topped with a creamy Dijon sauce. Ready in under an hour, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu
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This is one of my favorite meals to order in a restaurant, so, when I started using my air fryer, I wanted to recreate this dish for the entire family!  

The air fryer is a great way to make this blue ribbon dish, known for juicy chicken breast, filled with savory ham and cheese, coated in breadcrumbs, air-fried until beautifully golden, and finally, adorned with a velvety Dijon sauce.

If you love air fryer cordon bleu, try my recipe for baked chicken cordon bleu, same great flavor and perfect for a dinner party or your next holiday dinner. 

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Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Cordon Bleu

Here are all of the ingredient you will need to make homemade chicken cordon bleu:

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

​Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below in the full printable version of this recipe at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information. 

  • Raw Chicken Breasts: These will be the base of your Cordon Bleu. You can also use chicken cutlets if you prefer them thinner.
  • Slices of Ham: The ham slices bring a nice salty balance to the dish. Choose a good quality black forest ham.
  • Swiss Cheese Slices: The classic cheese for Cordon Bleu. Swiss cheese has a mildly sweet and nutty flavor that complements the chicken and ham well.
  • All-Purpose Flour: You’ll need flour for dredging. It helps the egg wash stick to the chicken and makes for a crispier crust.
  • Eggs: The eggs help the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken and create a golden, crispy exterior.
  • Breadcrumbs: For a traditional Cordon Bleu, use plain breadcrumbs. If you prefer, you can use panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier crust.
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper: For seasoning the chicken. Adjust to your taste.
  • Toothpicks: These will be used to secure the chicken after it’s been stuffed with ham and cheese.
  • Cooking Spray: To spray the air fryer basket and the chicken to prevent sticking and promote even browning.
  • Optional Sauce: Dijon mustard sauce, homemade or store-bought. 

How to Make Chicken Cordon Blue In The Air Fryer

Making Chicken Cordon Bleu in the air fryer is surprisingly simple and results in a deliciously crispy dish. Here’s how to do it:.

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Preparation: Place the chicken breasts in sheets of plastic wrap. Pounding the chicken breasts to about 1/4-inch thick, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. This makes them easier to roll. Then, season each piece of chicken with salt and pepper.

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Stuffing: Lay a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on each chicken breast. Roll the chicken up tightly, starting from the narrower end, and secure with toothpicks.

Dredging Station: Prepare three separate shallow bowls – one for flour mixture, one for beaten eggs, and one for breadcrumbs. Dredge the chicken rolls first in the flour, shaking off any excess, then in the whisked egg, and finally in the breadcrumbs, making sure to coat all sides evenly.

Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees F (190°C), for 2-3 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Cooking: Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place chicken breasts into the basket, leaving enough space for the air to circulate. You might need to cook in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray, or brush with olive oil. 

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Air Frying: Set the cook time for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink inside (reaches 165°F or 74°C on a meat thermometer) and the outside is golden brown. Halfway through the cooking time, carefully flip the chicken rolls to ensure even cooking.

Serving: Once cooked, remove the toothpicks and let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken, keeping it moist and flavorful. Serve with your favorite creamy mustard sauce. 

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

How To Make Frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

How To Cook Frozen Cordon Blue In Air Fryer

This recipe is designed for thawed chicken. If you’re interested in preparing this dish from frozen, be sure to take a look at my Frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu in the Air Fryer recipe!

What To Serve With Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

How Long To Cook Chicken Cordon Blue In The Air Fryer

The cooking time for chicken cordon bleu in the air fryer can vary depending on factors such as the thickness of the chicken breasts and the specific model of your air fryer. However, as a general guideline, you can expect to cook chicken cordon bleu in the air fryer for approximately 20-25 minutes at 375°F (190°C) For best results use a instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature, which should be 1695 degrees F, in the thickest part of the tender chicken breast.

Tips For Making The Best Chicken Cordon Blue In Air Fryer

  • Use Thin Chicken Breasts: Use chicken breasts that are thinly sliced or pounded to an even thickness. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and doesn’t dry out during air frying.
  • Secure the Fillings: Make sure to securely seal the ham and cheese inside the chicken breasts to prevent them from oozing out during cooking. Use toothpicks or kitchen twine if necessary.
  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheating the air fryer helps ensure that the chicken cooks evenly and develops a crispy exterior. Most air fryers require a few minutes of preheating before cooking.
  • Lightly Coat with Oil: Lightly spray or brush the chicken cordon bleu with oil before air frying. This helps promote even browning and crispiness.
  • Arrange in a Single Layer: Arrange the chicken cordon bleu in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each piece for proper air circulation. Overcrowding the basket can result in uneven cooking.
  • Flip Halfway Through Cooking: Flip the chicken cordon bleu halfway through the cooking time to ensure that both sides cook evenly and develop a golden brown crust.
  • Check for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should register at least 165°F (74°C) to ensure that it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.
  • Let it Rest: Allow the cooked chicken cordon bleu to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute throughout the chicken, resulting in juicier and more flavorful meat.
  • Serve with Sauce: Serve the chicken cordon bleu with your favorite sauce, such as Dijon cream sauce or honey mustard sauce, for added flavor and moisture.
  • Experiment with Seasonings: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and fillings to customize the flavor of your chicken cordon bleu. Try adding herbs, spice

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Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


An actual classic dish and such an easy recipe for Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu. Same great flavors as oven prepared, but made in the air fryer, for an extra crunchy exterior, but highly tender chicken. This is a great and easy meal, for either dinner or lunch!



  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices deli-sliced ham
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated


  • Butterfly your chicken, which means to cut the chicken in half. Place your chicken breast into saran wrap, and then use a rolling pin to flatten the chicken. Season your chicken with some salt and pepper. Then, place your Swiss cheese and ham onto the chicken breast.
  • Roll up the chicken in saran wrap, and place toothpicks in the chicken to hold it together.
  • Place them into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Set up your dredging stations: 1 bowl for flour, salt, and black pepper, 2nd bowl: Beaten egg 3rd bowl: panko breadcrumbs. Dip the chicken into the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and finally into the Panko mixture. As you coat them place them into a greased air fryer basket. Set the temperature for 350 degrees F, air fryer setting for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Before removing it from the air fryer basket, make sure that the internal temperature is 165 degrees F.
  • Plate, serve and enjoy! (Sauce recipe is below)


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment, optional


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 509kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 45gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 1434mgPotassium: 716mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 628IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 346mgIron: 2mg

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