Chicken kiev is a lot easier to make than you may think and tastes so much better than shop-bought, plus your efforts will be rewarded with garlic butter goodness.
- 4 x 225g/8oz chicken breasts, wing bone left in but skin removed
For the garlic herb butter
- handful fresh parsley, chopped
- 120g/4oz butter, at room temperature
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
For the crumb coating
- 60g/2½oz plain flour
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp milk
- 100g/3½oz white bread, crusts removed, dried and processed into breadcrumbs
- 120ml/4fl oz olive oil
- mashed potato
- green beans
- lemon wedges
Preheat the oven to 190C/370F/Gas 5.
For the chicken, remove the mini-fillet at the back of the chicken breasts and set aside. Using a sharp knife, slice open the breasts so that they can be opened up like a book from the top to the bottom. Gently bash the breasts out with a meat mallet or rolling pin so they are flat.
Repeat the flattening process with the mini-fillets. These little fillets will be used as sticking plasters to stop the butter from oozing during cooking.
For the herb butter, place the parsley, butter, garlic, Dijon mustard and the salt and pepper into a bowl and mix together well. Divide the butter mixture into four thumb-sized pieces and place into the fridge to chill and set.
Turn each flattened chicken breast over and put a roll of herb butter in the centre of each and then roll up like a cigar. Cover any holes with the flattened fillet pieces.
Dredge the breasts in flour and place into the freezer for 2-3 minutes to cool.
Meanwhile beat the egg and milk together in a bowl.
Remove the floured chicken from the freezer and dip in the egg mixture to coat thoroughly.
Roll the breasts in the breadcrumbs, making sure that they are well coated, then place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Heat 120ml oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and fry for two minutes, until golden brown. Turn the breasts and transfer to the oven to cook for 12-14 minutes, until golden and completely cooked through.
Remove from the oven and drain onto kitchen towels.
Serve with mashed potato and green beans, with lemon wedges to garnish.