Tuesday, February 26, 2008

.chicken kiev.

This recipe seems intimidating by the name, but really, it is so so very easy. Don't be afraid to try it sometime. Chicken Kiev is a breaded chicken breast stuffed with butter, green onion (or chives), and garlic. As it bakes, the butter melts and the onion and garlic infuse into the flesh of the chicken and you are left with a moist, flavorful piece of chicken.

Here's what you'll need:

  • chicken breasts (1 per person)
  • butter
  • green onions
  • garlic
  • bread crumbs
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper

Use a mixer to whip together butter (1/2 stick butter per person), finely chopped green onion, and finely minced garlic.

Put this butter mixture in a piping bag and set aside.

Take your chicken breasts and create a pocket in the middle by sticking a knife into the fattest end of the breast and carefully move the blade to the right and then to the left. Make sure you don't go too far to the edges or else it will tear when you fill with the butter.

Take the piping bag and stick it in the hole and squeeze gently. You'll see the breast begin to fill up. You might need to use your finger to push the butter down to the bottom and then add a little more at the top.

Do this with each chicken breast and set aside.

Squeeze any leftover butter in a pie plate and melt in the microwave.

Coat the stuffed chicken breasts in the melted butter.

As soon as you coat with the melted butter, coat with breadcrumbs. I put salt, pepper, and some thyme in with the bread crumbs to season. I have in the past used crushed butter crackers (like Ritz or Club Crackers) instead of bread crumbs and it really makes a yummy crust!

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet. Sear each side of the chicken breasts for a few minutes. Transfer to an oven safe dish and put a 350* oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite veggie.

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Anonymous said...

This looks sooooo good!

Shannon said...

Oh my- I made this for dinner tonight. It was beyond delicious!! It was a little more time consuming than I thought it would be, but I'm sure I'll get faster with practice! It was sooo easy though! Thanks so much for making such yummy recipes accessible to novices like me!!

FYI- I paired it with the Fettuccine Alfredo, and the flavors were PERFECT together!! It was the best meal we have had in a long time, and that includes when we have eaten out!!