Easy Air Fried Veal Cordon Bleu

veal cordon bleu

Healthy veal cordon bleu recipe

A classic Cordon Bleu is breaded and fried but because many people ask us for healthier options, we prepare this veal cordon bleu in the air fryer.  Air frying means preparation is quicker, and flavour and the crispiness of the meat is retained. 

We are featuring veal today, but this dish can easily be made with pork or chicken. Pound the meat to a thin escalope and fill it with the ham and cheese before passing it through the flour, the egg and the breadcrumbs.

pounding meat

We like to serve this dish with spiralized sweet potatoes which can also be prepared in the air fryer.

veal cordon bleu

Air Fried Veal Cordon Bleu

A classic Cordon Bleu is breaded and fried but because many people ask us for healthier options, we prepare this veal cordon bleu in the air fryer.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Meat & Poultry
Cuisine German, International
Servings 4 people
Calories 521 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



  • Pound the escalopes between 2 parchment sheets to 3mm thick and season with salt and pepper.
    pounding meat tenderizer
  • Place the cheese and the ham on the escalope and fold the veal to cover the cheese and ham.
    folding ingredients to make cordon bleu
  • Prepare 3 containers for the breading process: 1 x plain flour, 1 x beaten egg with salt, pepper, 1 tbsp water or oil, and 1 x breadcrumbs
    meat ready for breading
  • Dredge the veal “pocket” in the flour first then dip in the egg, make sure the veal is well coated and finish by coating in the breadcrumbs. Place the breaded veal in the fridge to rest for 20 minutes.
    breading a cordon bleu
  • Set your air fryer at 180°C and bake the cordon bleu for 8-10 minutes. Serve with vegetables of your choice.
    veal cordon bleu in air fryer


  • The cordon bleu can also be prepared with chicken or pork.
  • Chilling the cordon bleu before cooking helps the coating to adhere well when cooking.
  • Any kind of cheese, smoked or not, can be used if it melts easily such as mozzarella, cheddar, gouda, or taleggio…

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 46gFat: 26gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 939mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 416IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 460mgIron: 3mg
Keyword air fryer, cordon bleu, veal
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How Do you Cook Veal?

Cooking veal cutlets in the air fryer instead of the frying pan gives it a perfect crusty finish. It is also healthier, since you don’t have to use the same amount of oil. For some air fryers, no oil is needed at all.

When you look at most veal cordon bleu recipes, you will notice that they often suggest a frying method. Baking it in the oven is also an option, but tends to take a longer time.

This air fryer recipe is definately the healthier and faster choice.

Highlights of veal cordon bleu

Aside from being quick and easy, there are many variations to make this recipe a little different each time.

Veal cordon bleu goes with any vegetable or salad, and the cheese inside can be swapped out for your favourite. You can try something mild or add very pungent cheese. Whatever your taste buds desire.

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