Dinner & a “Movie” Chicken Kiev & Chernobyl
We started watching a mini series on HBO called Chernobyl. It is the story of the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. It is fascinating and horrifying and we can’t stop watching! Last week in the first episode, they talked about Kiev, Ukraine and I instantly had a craving for Chicken Kiev!
Chicken Kiev is a chicken breast stuffed with an herbed compound butter, breaded and fried. It sounds a bit boring, but trust me, it is one of the most delectable chicken meals ever!
i had never made it myself, but decided to forge forward and it was actually pretty simple! It does require some prep the day before (or morning of) so it’s not a last minute meal. I served it with mashed potatoes because what better to sop up the extra butter with?!
8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1 cup Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
Vegetable oil, for frying
Combine butter, parsley, tarragon and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in the bowl of a stand mixer. Place mixture on plastic wrap or waxed paper and roll into small log; place in freezer.
Place chicken breasts, 1 at a time, between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound to no less than 1/8-inch thickness.
Lay 1 chicken breast on a new piece of plastic wrap and place 1/2 of the compound butter in the center of each breast. Using the plastic wrap to assist, fold in ends of breast and roll breast into a log, completely enclosing the butter; roll very tightly. Repeat with 2nd breast. Place chicken in refrigerator for 2 hours, or up to overnight.
Place egg and water mixture in 1 pie pan and bread crumbs in a different pie pan.
Heat 1/2-inch of vegetable oil in a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat until oil reaches 375 degrees F.
Dip each breast in the egg mixture and then roll in the bread crumbs. Gently place each breast in oil, sealed-side down, and cook until golden brown, approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove to a oven safe dish and finish cooking in 350* oven for 10 minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked through.
Enjoy before watching Chernobyl - I don’t recommend eating while watching it! 😉