Ham and Swiss Baked Malibu Chicken

Super short intro for this fabulous recipe:

Make it.

How’s that for concise? I’d spend more time waxing poetic except that it’s my second son’s birthday today and I’m trying to figure out how to make his birthday meal request (we take birthday meal requests very seriously around here) without kitchen countertops or a kitchen sink. Clearly we picked the wrong day to move forward with a few kitchen updates.

Good thing I once upon a time lived in a hotel for weeks on end with our family of seven (was that really two years ago?) and became a superhero expert at making anything (and I mean anything) in the slow cooker.

But not this absolutely delicious, crunchy baked chicken topped with ham and Swiss – make it as written (sans crockpot). It’s flavorful, super easy and kind of reminds me of a laid back surfer’s version of the more gourmet chicken cordon bleu.

Ham and Swiss Baked Malibu Chicken

What To ServeSteamed broccoli or Skillet Green Beans
Simple Caesar Salad
Fluffy Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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Baked Ham and Swiss Malibu Chicken

Yield: Serves 6

Baked Ham and Swiss Malibu Chicken

If the chicken breasts you are using aren't thick enough to cut in half (to form two thinner pieces), pound them slightly and consider using a few more chicken breasts to equal the six pieces you would have if following the recipe instructions.

My favorite brand of ham deli meat is Hormel Naturals. The honey ham is delicious and works great in this recipe.


  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut in half to form two thinner cutlets (see note above)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 12 slices deli ham (see note above)
  • 6 large slices of swiss cheese
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking dish.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk the eggs together in a shallow pie plate or dish. In another shallow dish, toss together the panko, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture and immediately press it into the dry mixture, pressing the mixture into both sides of the chicken. Place the chicken in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and layer two slices of ham across each chicken piece, followed by a slice of Swiss cheese to cover most of the ham/chicken.
  6. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 or so minutes until the cheese is melted.
  7. While the chicken bakes, whisk together the dipping sauce ingredients.
  8. Serve the chicken warm with the dipping sauce on the side.

Recipe Source: adapted from this recipe at Chef-in-Training (simplified the process – eliminated marinating in egg yolks, used slightly more ham and changed a few different ingredient amounts)

25 Responses to Baked Ham and Swiss Malibu Chicken

  1. Kami Stewart says:

    My Malibu Chicken-loving husband was happy to see this on the table. The kiddos liked it, too. I’ve tried to recreate this on my own before, but couldn’t get the dipping sauce quite right. Yours was great!

    My only complaint is something that’s a pet peeve of mine and it sounds like I’m not the only one who had this problem. Too much coating left over! I should have trusted my instinct that it seemed like too much. But, I trusted the recipe and went ahead and grated a whole cup from my expensive brick of parmesan! I had cut each breast into 3 thin pieces, so had 9 to cover and still had WAY too much of the eggs and the crumbs. It doesn’t seem possible that the chicken could hold that many crumbs! Maybe I should have done a second round in the egg and crumbs again? I don’t know, but I was sad to waste. Maybe it needs an edit? I know I”ll make myself a note, ’cause we’ll definitely be making this again!

  2. melissa lewis says:

    I made this last night with pancetta instead of ham, and pre-seasoned breadcrumbs (because I’m lazy). I also doubled the sauce recipe because I LOVE the sauce. It was bangin’!

  3. Jennifer says:

    This was delicious and devoured by my family. The kids loved it! We used the leftover ham from your sweet baked ham recipe (which was also delicious) and my husband suggested I make those two meals back to back regularly. Thanks!

  4. Christina says:

    This is an awesome, quick meal! We’ve made this twice in the past two weeks. The dipping sauce is lovely!

  5. Sheree L says:

    Had the sister missionaries for dinner last night and made this. I told them it was the first time I made it, but I knew it would be good, because it was from your site! Turned out delicious, but can you believe it – I forgot to make the dipping sauce with it! (sigh) I’m sure it’s even better with the sauce. Next time…

  6. Cammee says:

    One of my favorite things! Love the shortcut.

  7. Dana says:

    First recipe I’ve tried since I recently discovered your site. YUM! So much easier than traditional chicken cordon bleu, but every bit as tasty. Thanks. Off to try Broccoli Beef tonight!

  8. Hellena says:

    This was awsome! And it tasted just as great the next day when I had it for lunch. I didn’t have any parm on hand though, but it was still great!!! Will try it with the parm next time.

  9. Emily says:

    I made this tonight and 3 of my 4 kids loved it…that’s a great record for us. I truely can’t make everyone happy! One thing I’m going to try next time is to decrease the amount of panko and parmesan cheese. I had so much left over and it was kind of painful throwing all that away. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you!

    • Sheree L says:

      Emily, thanks to your comment, I made the recipe with 8 cutlets, but didn’t increase the breading mixture. It turned out to be just the right amount. I did have quite a bit of egg left over, though!

  10. I started looking for a pin button as soon as I saw the picture. What a tasty and fun recipe. Of course it’s lunch time. I am sure that is not influencing me. Happy Birthday to your son.

  11. MelanieL says:

    Happy day to your son, hope it was great! This looks delicious, my whole family will like this one too (I have some picky eaters). I love the picture of the bite being dipped into the sauce!!

  12. Nancy Long says:

    looking forward to making this and HB to your little one! So glad the site glitch is fixed. Couldn’t get this yesterday

  13. Danielle says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! My husband, 2 year old and I ate every bite. Thanks, Mel for another wonderful recipe!

  14. Kim in MD says:

    Happy Birthday to your little man! You are renovations your kitchen? I thought it was beautiful in your videos. This looks delicious, Mel!

  15. Hope all goes well for the little one’s birthday! This looks amazing, by the way. What a great take on Chicken Cordon Bleu. I’ll have to try the Hormel Naturals, so thanks for that tip and a super yummy recipe!

  16. Karen E says:

    This looks way better than the version I made when we were first married. A frozen chicken patty with the Canadian Bacon and swiss cheese, cooked in the microwave! I didn’t know how to cook when we were first married. My dear hubby never complained. Such a guy. I’ve improved in my cooking. Laundry, that is another story.

    • Heather says:

      I loved your comment because that was me too! We made almost that exact meal and one of our favorites was those frozen chicken cordon bleus with broccoli and cheese in the middle. And I was so impressed with myself when I served a meal like that! I have come a long way! Also, my husband tells me I am good at a lot of things, but laundry is not one of them. Haha!

  17. Liz says:

    You had me at the first photo!

    Happy birthday to your boy and hope the kitchen reno goes well!!

    Since you are now in the Pacific Northwest…well Northwest-ish 🙂 …if your store has it and you feel like giving it a try, I love the Hempler brand products. The fresh deli at my store has both their honey ham and “ham off the bone” on great specials every so often and I buy a quantity and freeze. Much of their line is uncured so no nitrates. And – they are a Pacific Northwest supplier.

  18. Heather P. says:

    Are you kidding me?!?! I definitely cheered when I saw this recipe…my favorite dish from Sizzler 🙂 Since I now live where Sizzler’s don’t exist, this is perfect. BTW, I have loooved every dish I’ve made from your site. you are my go-to for dinner inspiration. Thanks for being so awesome!

    Happy Birthday to your son!

  19. Happy Birthday to your son!! Love this quick and easy dinner idea!

  20. Amy says:

    Absolutely nothing wrong with a concise intro 🙂 Happy birthday to your son! He has good taste.

  21. Sheila says:

    Yum! Happy Birthday to your second son! Because you are in charge and have such a loving, loyal mother’s heart, the lack of kitchen counter tops and a sink will not stop you from making his birthday dinner to be the best ever! Wishing you and your family much fun in celebrating the tremendous blessing of your son in your life.

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