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Chicken Kiev

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Freeze Garlic Herb Butter and then Freezing Chicken Kiev2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Keyword: Butter, Chicken, Oven Baked

Ingredients

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 8 tbsp butter unsalted, softened
  • 6 cloves garlic minced well
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh dill chopped
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed

Chicken Kiev

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless & skinless
  • ½ cup flour use flour of your choice, i went with wheat
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper or to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

Prepare the Garlic Herb Butter and Chicken

  • Mix all the garlic butter ingredients together using a fork or a spatula. Place it onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log. Place it in the freezer for 30-40 minutes to freeze. It needs to be firm so that we can slice it.
  • Lay each breast flat onto your work surface. Butterfly the chicken breast by slicing it horizontally. Place the chicken breast opened between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap and then flatten using a meat mallet. If you don’t have a meat mallet you can also use the back of a heavy frying pan such as a cast iron skillet. Season each breast fillet with salt and pepper on both sides.

Assembly

  • Cut the frozen butter into 4 equal pieces.
  • Place a frozen piece of garlic butter in the centre of a chicken fillet, fold the chicken over the garlic butter, gathering the sides to the center to form either a round ball or a log.
  • Wrap each chicken piece in plastic wrap and twist the ends to make sure it’s wrapped tightly. Place the wrapped chicken pieces in the freezer for about 2 hours until the seams have frozen.

Form the Breading

  • Add the flour onto a shallow plate, crack the eggs in another shallow plate and whisk, and in a third bowl the breadcrumbs.
  • Roll the frozen chicken first into the flour and make sure it is coated evenly, then roll it into the eggs and finally roll it through the breadcrumbs. Repeat with all the chicken pieces.

Finish the Dish

  • Heat the oil into a large saucepan or Dutch oven to 350 F degrees. Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees.
  • Deep fry each piece of chicken for 2-3 minutes until golden brown on all sides.
  • Transfer the fried chicken into a baking dish such as a 9×13-inch casserole dish, then transfer to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.