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CHICKEN KIEV INSPIRED BY MAD MEN

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40 min

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2,640,862 views  I don’t know about you, but if Don Draper recommended any dish to me, I’d get it. Luckily for us, this Chicken Kiev is just as delicious as promised. I mean, what could be better than breaded chicken stuffed with molten compound butter?

2 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Compound Butter

6 oz unsalted butter, soft

2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped

2 tsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, peeled + grated

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Chicken Kiev

2 chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat

2 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

8 oz all purpose flour

3 oz cornstarch

4 eggs, beaten

12 oz cups breadcrumbs

72 oz peanut oil

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Compound Butter

1.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. *Tip: to make the assembly process easier, reduce the butter to ounces.

6 oz unsalted butter, soft

2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped

2 tsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, peeled + grated

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2.

Using a plastic spatula, fold the ingredients together until homogenous. Optionally, use a muddler to further release the flavor and color of the herbs.

3.

With wet hands, shape the butter into two evenly sized logs about 3-4 inches long.

4.

Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or until firm but still slightly flexible.

5.

For the Chicken Kiev

1.

With your knife parallel to the cutting board, cut the chicken in half horizontally starting from the thin side and working towards the thicker side. Stop just before cutting through to the other side of the breast. The resulting chicken should look like two halves of a butterfly connected in the middle.

2 chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat

2.

Using a meat pounder, pound out the chicken to about 1/4” thickness between two pieces of plastic wrap.

3.

Remove the top sheet of plastic wrap and season the chicken with salt and pepper.

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

4.

Remove the compound butter logs from the fridge and place each on one side of the chicken breasts. The butter log may need to be trimmed to fit the size of the chicken.

For the Compound Butter

5.

Roll the butter log in the chicken to form a ballotine/log shape.

6.

Tightly wrap each chicken log in plastic wrap and freeze for 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. The chicken should be firm but not entirely frozen when ready.

7.

Prepare three large shallow baking dishes: one with flour, cornstarch, and the remaining salt and pepper, one with beaten eggs, and one with breadcrumbs.

8 oz all purpose flour

3 oz cornstarch

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

8 oz cups breadcrumbs

4 eggs, beaten

8.

Prepare a small baking sheet with an even coating of the remaining breadcrumbs.

4 oz cups breadcrumbs

9.

Remove the chicken from the freezer and begin the dredging process. Start with the flour/cornstarch, then move the chicken logs to the egg mixture and then, the breadcrumbs. Repeat the dredging process with the egg and finally, the breadcrumbs for a double crust. Make sure the dredge gets into all of the nooks and crannies of the chicken.

10.

Place the breaded chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

11.

Meanwhile, start heating the peanut oil to 350 °F in a large high-sided skillet. Also, preheat the oven to 400 °F.

72 oz peanut oil

12.

Working with one chicken log at a time, carefully add the chicken to the fry oil. After about 1 to 2 minutes, flip the chicken over.

13.

Remove the chicken from the oil and transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat frying method with the other chicken log.

14.

Transfer both chickens to a grilling rack placed in a small baking rack. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

15.

Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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