Chicken Cordon Bleu

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For this classic dish, we are going to need a considerable amount of pent-up frustration to pound out Zaycon chicken breasts, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner! Rough day at work? Perfect. Did the kids paint the dog? Even better! Partner has anger management issues? THE BEST – have him do it!


DSC_5691DSC_5677We start with our old friend, the giant double boneless skinless breast that we are oh, so familiar with. Do a trim up, remove the rib meat lobe & any extra fat that might be there. Admire your work.

Next, you’ll want to butterfly the thick part of the breast to approximate the thickness of the thinner area. This might take two cuts.

Between two layers of plastic wrap, place the chicken sprinkling a bit of water between the chicken and the plastic wrap. This will help the chicken move and slide a bit during the gentle slams.

Grab your whacker implement and have fun. You’re going to try and get these to be as thin as possible – like 1/8” to ¼” in thickness. The thinner they are the better your result will be.

Brush the chicken with Dijon mustard, then place sliced ham and then cheese of your choice. Traditional cheese to use here is Swiss, I like gruyere too. If you want a really nice, long, stringy melty one, provolone would be great. Roll them up, tucking in the sides as you go to form a chicken burrito-looking roulade.

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Put this in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or more. This will firm up the chicken making it super easy to pan fry. Dip your chicken roll, first, into flour, then into an egg bath and then in bread crumbs. I used just regular bread crumbs here, but you can use panko if you like.

In a large skillet, add a tablespoon or so of olive oil and equal amount of butter. Pan fry each side for a couple of minutes, then into a 350 pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or so, when they are done, they will want to sit and rest for 4 minutes or so.

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Get ready for the compliments.

Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul is a win for everyone!

kaylabbqZaycon Foods™, announced the launch of their relationship with Chicken Soup for the Soul Foods December 2014. It is now time for us to offer for sale several of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s food products including broths and meal builder sauces. They are available through Zaycon Foods’ unique direct-to-consumer model which emphasizes freshness, wholesomeness, and significant value by uniquely offering food that bypasses traditional retail channels.

The partnership was facilitated by Edward Martin, CMO of Zaycon Foods.“I’m excited to be able to put these two companies together and foresee the development of a valuable and long-term relationship.”

“We are working  with Chicken Soup for the Soul because it is a trusted company that shares our philosophy of offering quality, delicious food that’s premium quality at a significant value,” said Zaycon co-founder and CEO Mike Conrad. “It’s a beloved brand through its massive number of book titles and other products, and we look forward to expanding the reach of its food products by presenting them to our more than 400,000 registered users.”

“We were intrigued by Zaycon Foods’ unique business model of combining online ordering with farm-fresh foods that are delivered direct to consumers,” said Scott Seaton, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Foods. “It fits perfectly with our philosophy on freshness and quality combined to promote good health and wellness.  We look forward to our products reaching a large user base through Zaycon and a long-term beneficial partnership.”

Zaycon Foods customers looking to craft a delicious and convenient meal can use the Chicken Soup for the Soul Chili Meal Builders Cooking Sauce, Sloppy Joe Meal Builders Cooking Sauce, Meat Loaf Meal Builders Cooking Sauce, or Sesame-Ginger Meal Builders Cooking Sauce which are also available through Zaycon. Other Chicken Soup for the Soul food products will soon be available through Zaycon include a variety of delicious broths and meal builders.

To explore the lineup of delicious Chicken Soup for the Soul products, please visit http://www.zayconfoods.com/products/.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 21 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies, television and a YouTube channel. Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at a time®.”

About Zaycon Foods

Now delivering to nearly 400,000 registered users at more than 1,400 locations across 48 states, Zaycon Foods is “How Smart Families Buy Big & Save Big.” The innovative company offers families a better way to save on fresh meat, fish, produce, and dairy items by selling in bulk directly from refrigerated trucks. The trucks make local deliveries in the parking lots of churches, businesses and schools, enabling consumers to save an average of 35% when compared to standard retail prices. Customers are alerted to upcoming delivery dates in their area by email and social media, and place orders online via a fast and simple process. Founded in 2009, Zaycon Foods is headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington. For more information, visit www.zayconfoods.com.

Do you love Zaycon? Tell us in an essay.


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“THE ZAYCON FOODS 100 WORDS CONTEST”

Patrons of Zaycon Foods understand that our company is about more than just profits: we’re about people. We truly value and care about each and every person we serve. It shows each time our drivers help load an order of fresh chicken breasts into a car; it shows when our customer service team helps reschedule an order because a child got sick before a scheduled event; and it shows the most when we hear the amazingly kind words of our fans, which we do every single day.

We want to give you the opportunity to talk not just to us, but to each other, we want all of you out there in the Zaycon community to hear from one another and to get to know each other a bit better.

To celebrate your loyalty and support, we came up with the Zaycon Foods 100 Words Contest!

Here’s the challenge:

We want you to write a short essay about food and family. And we mean short! These mini essays need to be 100 words or fewer. And those are the only guidelines!

You can write about what Zaycon Foods means to you and your family, you can write about your grandmother’s favorite recipe, or you can write about the best meal you ever prepared; it’s up to you! Just make sure you submit your essay between Friday, January the 10th and Friday, January the 17th. The best essays win! Winners will be announced and contacted the following week.

Here’s the best part:

By entering into this contest, you could win $50, $100, or $200 worth of Zaycon Foods credits! You can use your winnings to order any of the fine foods we offer (such as our famous all-natural boneless, skinless chicken breasts, which are on sale now for events across the continental U.S. in February). We will also publish many of our favorites, giving full credit to the author, of course.

Submissions will be accepted via Facebook message only – please send your essays in the body of a message directed to the Zaycon Foods FB page (rather than posting them on our wall/timeline, for example). So take some time and think about why family and food (and Zaycon Foods!) are important to you, and then let us know!

Enter TODAY, because its ends Jan 17th.

And really, truly, thank you for being part of the gang!

From here on out, we need to get into the legal stuff. Please do us a favor: FOLLOW THIS LINK (https://www.zayconfoods.com/100wordcontest) and carefully read through the Official Rules there. By entering the Contest, you are certifying that you did just that!

Good luck to all!

Thia and Lindsey: two seriously awesome customers

So, some of you – actually most of you – may have heard of or experienced the chaos and challenges we had with our Spring Chicken Sale. Whether it was delayed trucks, frozen chicken or quality control at the farms not being up to Zaycon Standards, we have once again learned just how amazing our customers are. In spite of all these issues and many more, you have demonstrated a loyalty and patience that is really unheard of in this industry. Uncommon company with uncommon customers- go figure!

I wanted to share with our customers just one example of the many that shows us the love you have for our company and that we don NOT take it granted.

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Meet Thia and Lindsey, two sisters who live on the outskirts of Salem OR.

the story goes a bit like this;

I flew to Portland on a Thursday morning planning to avoid delays at our Salem event. That morning we received word that one of our trucks was held up at a weigh station over in Bend OR.  and we would need to do the event from the main independent Semi truck coming there straight from the Farm. By the time I flew in, got my rental car and fought traffic I arrived in Salem 10 minutes before the event started. Just miles from the location, I thought I should give the truck driver a jingle to let him know I’m almost there. That conversation went something like this:

Me:”Hello, this is Matt from Zaycon Foods. Do you have my chicken?Driver; Yes Sir I do!

Me: Great well I’m just down the road, are you in Salem?

Driver: Where?

Me: Salem, Salem OR.

Driver:No I’m in Boise Id. then silence, then click I heard a hang up sound.

To this day we are not sure how this truck was sent to Boise by their dispatcher but there is no point in and no time for figuring that out when its “chicken Time” and we have no chicken. So, we of course have a parking lot full of you good folks wondering where the chicken is. We had a great group of volunteers that went through the line to let everyone know that the new time will be sent out shortly and if it is not doable for your schedule we will try to accommodate you. In typical Zaycon customer fashion, everyone was understanding.

Now this is where Thia and Lindsey come in. I was telling folks that if the new day and time was just not going to work to stand by till I could find a way to accommodate them. Many were just not available for the new time which turned out to be the next day but different time.

Thia and Lindsay went around with a notebook. When people said they couldn’t make it, they wrote down all their names and phone numbers and agreed to pick up the order for them and meet them at a later time at more convenient location. Sure enough, the next day they showed up equipped with two trucks and the ability to keep it cold. As soon as the event was over they were off to the different locations and got all that chicken delivered.

Now Folks, I understand that in spite of our efforts some of you fell through the cracks and we failed in getting your chicken to you. These “cracks” are being filled, as this is unacceptable to us. We are creating our own fleet of trucks that will be on OUR schedule and under our command. That being said, regarding what I experienced in Oregon and Washington with you folks, your patience and loyalty means the world to us and it drives us to perfection as a goal.

Thank you Thia and Lindsey for being part of the team and key members at that.

I speak for everyone at Zaycon Foods when I say it is truly an honor and tremendous responsibility to serve customers like Zaycon customers.

Email me if you have questions about anything and I can direct you to the right person if I am unable to help.

Matt Kunz

Fundraising coordinator

Zaycon Foods

Matt@zayconfoods.com