Monday, 2 March 2009

Chicken Kiev

Until recently my only experience of Chicken Kiev was the frozen supermarket variety, I loved them when I was younger but the thought of eating one now makes me shudder. If that's your only experience of chicken Kiev or if (gasp!) you've never tried one at all then you really are missing out on a treat. The real thing freshly made is a joy to eat, crispy crumbed chicken with a garlic butter centre, cut into one and the butter oozes out and floods your plate. Food heaven!
Made fresh with good ingredients the Kiev is a winner and a sure fire crowd pleaser.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
  • 4 Large chicken breasts,
  • 120g butter,
  • 2 Cloves of garlic crushed to a paste,
  • 2 tsp Parsley, finely chopped,
  • 1 tsp Tarragon, finely chopped (optional),
  • 1 egg lightly beaten,
  • Plain flour for dusting,
  • 2 Cups of breadcrumbs.
  • First make the filling my mixing the butter, garlic, parsley and tarragon (if using) together in a bowl season to your liking and set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to Gas 5/190c/375f
  • Slice through the chicken breasts horizontally about 3/4 of the way through and open them out.
  • Place a sheet of cling film over each breast and bash them out gently with a rolling pin. You don't want to make them really thin so be gentle!
  • Pack 1/4 of the butter mixture into the centre of each chicken breast then roll them tightly around the filling. Make sure the butter is well secured inside, you don't want your lovely butter to leak out!
  • Finally the Kievs need to be breadcrumbed, take one of your chicken breasted and dust it with flour, then dip it in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs making sure it is well coated.
  • Repeat with the rest, place them on an oven proof tray and bake until golden brown and the meat feels firm to the touch (around 45mins)
  • Serve!


Karen said...

That looks delicious! I've never had this dish.

Amanda said...

I've never tried chicken kiev. Yours is beautiful, Sam!

Beth said...

I used to adore Kievs and bug my Mum unitl she made them for us. I've never made them myself - will have to give it a try.

Katie said...

Whats all this with people never trying chicken Kiev!?! When they are this easy to make why would you want the supermarket variety. Great recipe!

Joie de vivre said...

Oh my, that looks awesome!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so good! I used to love this when I was in boarding school but I'm currently watching my =(

The Caked Crusader said...

I've only ever had the supermarket variety where you cut into it and the plate floods with thin liquid. Yours is a different prospect altogether and looks delicious. Maybe I should revisit!

Anne said...

Sam they look really delicious! I used to love chicken kiev but can't quite bring myself to eat them nowadays, will definately have to try these now! :)

A Girl Has To Eat said...

These turned our perfect!

Hopie said...

That looks mouth-watering delicious. I've never had chicken kiev, but now I'm craving it!

violets said...

I just stumbled across you blog and just wanted to say how lovely it is.

Vi xx

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes! Anything stuffed with butter and garlic is fine with me!

Nicisme said...

Look at those herbs, you've done the chicken proud!
Great photo too Sam. Are you using the new toy?

gastroanthropologist said...

You know I don't think I've ever tried kiev. Looks delicious - that bright green looks great and the chicken looks perfectly cooked.

Sam said...

Karen and Amanda: You're both missing out, I'm sure you'd love it!

Beth: Homemade are so much better aren't they? I'm sure you Mum's were delicious!

Katie: I know! It was one of my childhood staples, allbeit not homemade.

Joie de vivre: Thanks!

Pigpigscorner: I made mine a bit more diet friendly by baking them, traditionaly they are deep fried, Eek!

The caked crusader: It's well worth revisiting, the homemade version bears no resemblence to the supermarket ones.

Anne: Thanks Anne, I hope you get round to trying them.

A girl has to eat: They were as close as I'm ever likely to get!

Hopie: It seems it's only English people who have ever tried these, I thought it was well known everywhere. I hope you try them sometime, there delicious!

Violets: Thanks Violets, do you have a blog, your profile is unavailable so I don't know who you are!

Online pastry chef: Butter can make anything taste nice!

Nicisme: You guessed it! I'm still working out what all the buttons do, it might take a while!

Gastroanthropologist: I really liked how green it was, I was worried the herbs might lose their coulour with cooking but they didn't!

Jo said...

Succulent, tasty chicken, with loads of butter and garlic - they were delicious. You can make those again Sam!

Just Cook It said...

Oh, nice. Love that retro dishes are finally making a comeback