Modern-day chicken Kiev

Modern-day chicken Kiev

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Cook: 25 mins 30 mins plus chilling

A challenge

Serves 4
Reduce the calorie count - and guilt factor - of the classic Kiev with this shallow-fried version

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be made frozen for up to 1 month.

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal696
  • fat35g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.47g
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  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, with the mini fillets atatched
  • 100g plain flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 200g fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • sunflower oil or vegetable oil, for frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • lemon wedges and watercress, to serve



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

For the butter

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • small handful parsley, leaves finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 sprigs tarragon, leaves finely chopped



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 50g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • squeeze lemon juice


  1. To make the butter, tip all the ingredients into a bowl and season generously with pepper and a little salt. Beat until completely combined then tip onto a sheet of cling film and roll into a log. Refrigerate until hard. Can be made up to 3 days in advance or frozen for up to 1 month.

  2. One breast at a time, lay them smooth-side down and remove the mini fillet. Make an incision down the middle of the fillet half way into it to make a pocket; it is essential that you don’t cut all the way through the meat. Lay a piece of cling film over the breast and, using a meat mallet or rolling pin, flatten it out slightly. On another part of the board bat out the mini fillet slightly.

  3. Divide the butter into four and squash into flattish discs. Stuff each of the pockets that you made with a disc of butter. Cover each with the mini fillet and fold the sides of the breast over it. Set aside.

  4. Tip the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into separate shallow containers. Working methodically, completely coat each breast in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, then dip back into the egg and finally again in the breadcrumbs. Set aside. The chicken can be prepared the day before and left in the fridge or frozen for up to 1 month – defrost completely before cooking.

  5. To cook, heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat a decent layer of oil in a large frying pan and, once hot, turn the heat down to medium. Fry the Kievs for 2-3 mins on each side until dark golden. Lift them onto kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil then transfer to a roasting tin. Cook in the oven for 20 mins or until the Kievs feels firm when prodded at the widest part. Serve immediately with the lemon wedges and watercress, plus your favourite retro side dish – Russian salad is good.

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Comments (16)

fatface's picture

If you're gullible enough to feel guilty about eating, you don't deserve to enjoy good food. Guilt is in the mind not on the plate.

ruthy10's picture

I made this for the first time and found the butter seeped out of the chicken and that it was a bit dry, however my partner loved it and wants to try different fillings such as creamy ham and cheese.

gigimarshy's picture

Be careful as the chicken can become dry

stirthepasta's picture

Delicious, and quite easy to do too.

michellepickens's picture

Made these two days ago, abit fiddly but the end result was very nice indeed. added sesame seeds to the breadcrumbs. I also used a piping bag to add butter mixture into meat.

A big thumbs up from the whole family and that's the important thing!

Dash's picture

Nice. Tasty. Slightly messy but not difficult. Probably wouldn't make them again however.
I'd also recommend that you buy smallish chicken breasts as once bashed out and rolled up, they are rather on the large side.

gracehbd's picture

696 is REDUCED calories?

lizoraga's picture

Also forgot to rate

lizoraga's picture

Hi, due to an egg allergy in the family I made without the egg and breadcrumbs. I made the butter wapped it in foil although I made it flat 1 for each chicken breast and popped in the fridge for an hour to harden.
I cut the pocket for the chicken flattened and filled with the butter putting on the mini fillet, then fryed in 6tbsp of light olive oil on medium heat being very careful when turning it over, until just lightly brown. Then transfered it all including the oil and juces to a baking tray and cooked in the oven until done.
Served ours with oven chips and mushy peas :0) tasted fantastic even if I do say so myself. And it is quite easy and not realy messy if you get everything prepared ready first. ENJOY

gemprimmer's picture

Made these for dinner during the week. They were lovely! An easy recipe to follow, not the quickest but the effort is well worth it.
I think you could do the same but have a cheesy ham filling instead.

vanessa3338's picture

Found it a bit fiddly & very messy to make. Couldn't believe that they would hold together & seal but the double coating & dipping of the chicken before pan frying & sealing really did work. Made them a few hours ahead of the dinner party (which gave me time to sort the mess out) popped them in the oven when we were ready to eat & they came out perfect. Lovely fresh & tasty.

maple_lcfc's picture

great every time, having eaten these as kids from the shop we now always make them from scratch. And don't be put off by the "keen cook" bit, the recipe is easy to follow

mish_of_the_kitchen's picture

I can't explain how pleasing it was to make these from scratch!
I used Japanese Panko breadcrumbs for the coating.

beadle53's picture

Mouth watering brillant

cazandjay's picture

I have made this a few times now and every time I make it the garlic butter leaks out of the chicken, so I make extra butter and just before I serve it I add the extra butter.

madstuff's picture

Quick, easy and tasted great!!

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