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Chicken Kyiv, also known as Chicken Kiev (which is not right), is a dish that hails from the heart of Ukraine. This classic Ukrainian delicacy is a breaded chicken cutlet stuffed with herb-infused butter.
When cooked right, the chicken exterior is crisp, and the inside reveals a burst of melting herb butter. It’s a dish that impresses without fail, whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or a special occasion.
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 100 grams of butter, at room temperature
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups of breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Prepare the herb-infused butter: In a medium bowl, mix together the softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until the ingredients are well combined. Now, take a sheet of cling film and spoon the butter mixture onto it. Roll it up in the cling film into a sausage shape, then chill in the refrigerator until it's firm. This will be used to stuff the chicken later.
- Prepare the chicken: First, flatten the chicken breasts using a meat mallet or rolling pin between two pieces of cling film to about 1/4 inch thickness. Season each piece on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Insert the butter: Take the herb-infused butter out of the refrigerator and cut it into four equal pieces. Place one piece of butter in the middle of each flattened chicken breast. Carefully fold in the sides and roll up the chicken to encase the butter completely, making sure none of the butter is exposed.
- Breading process: First, roll the chicken in flour, then dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally coat it in the breadcrumbs. Make sure the chicken is fully covered. Repeat this step for all the chicken breasts. Place the breaded chicken in the fridge for at least one hour. This will help the breadcrumbs to adhere better.
- Frying the Chicken Kyiv: In a large frying pan, heat enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom generously. Once hot, add the chicken breasts. Fry them until golden brown, which should take about 10 minutes on each side. To ensure the chicken is cooked through, you can finish it in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes.
- Serving: Serve the Chicken Kyiv hot, ideally with some steamed vegetables or mashed potatoes on the side. Be careful when cutting into the chicken, as the delicious herb-infused butter will be melted and can easily spill out. Enjoy your homemade Chicken Kyiv!
Chicken Kyiv can be served with a variety of side dishes. It pairs well with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad. It’s best served hot, right out of the oven or pan, to ensure the herb-infused butter is still molten.
Q: Can I prepare Chicken Kyiv ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can prepare Chicken Kyiv ahead of time and store it in the fridge before frying.
Q: What other herbs can I use for the herb-infused butter?
A: You can experiment with various herbs like dill, chives, or thyme.
Chicken Kyiv is a testament to the richness of Ukrainian cuisine. It’s a dish that requires some effort, but the result is definitely worth it. Once you master this recipe, feel free to experiment with different types of fillings and coatings. Enjoy your cooking journey!