Chicken Kiev is the historical traditional component of Ukrainian national diet. Chicken Kiev is masterpiece of city culture.
The idea of this recipe is a boneless chicken breast wrapped around a piece of herbed/seasoned butter, breaded and deep fried.
This recipe is simple but elegant. Stuffed with a flavorful compound butter and fried, makes its own sauce; when you slice into the chicken, the melted butter is released onto the plate.
- ½ cup butter
- ½ tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- ½ tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups dried bread crumbs
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
1. In a small bowl, combine the butter/margarine, parsley, chives and lemon juice. Blend all together and refrigerate.
2. Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper and pound well to flatten. Remove paper and season breasts with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Remove seasoned butter from refrigerator and divide it into 6 portions. Place one portion in the center of each chicken breast. Fold the short ends of the breasts into the center, then fold in the sides. Secure each breast with a wooden toothpick.
4. Add the water to the eggs and beat together. Coat each rolled breast with bread crumbs, dip into egg/water mixture, then into bread crumbs again, coating well. Chill breasts for one hour.
5. In a deep fryer, heat oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Carefully lower breasts into hot oil. Fry for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper toweling and serve.