Cheat's chicken Kiev

Easy chicken Kiev

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(57 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Serves 4

Homemade chicken Kievs don't have to mean hours in the kitchen. Just add spuds and salad before serving

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal327
  • fat12g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein38g
  • salt0.78g
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  • 6 garlic cloves, 2 peeled
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley



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

  • 85g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp garlic & herb soft cheese



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • PLUS 4 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Whizz together the 2 peeled garlic cloves, parsley and 1 tsp olive oil in a food processor. Add the breadcrumbs and seasoning before pulsing briefly to mix. Tip onto a plate.

  2. Cut a slit (roughly thumb-length) in the side of each chicken breast, at the plump end. Spoon ¼ of the soft cheese into each hole and press the edges together to seal. Rub 2 tsp oil over all the chicken breasts before pressing the herby crumbs onto them.

  3. Place the coated chicken in a shallow roasting tin. Scatter round the remaining unpeeled garlic cloves and drizzle with the rest of the oil. Bake for 20-25 mins until the chicken is cooked and crumbs crisp and golden. Squeeze out the soft, roasted garlic from the skins and serve with the chicken.

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Phoebe Farrelly's picture
Phoebe Farrelly
29th Jun, 2020
Delicious!! Top tip: don't use big breasts or if you do make sure its stuffed all over. Was plain in some areas and delicously creamy in others. Next time, will stuff with more cream cheese and cut a bigger slit to put more in
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Jackson Nicholson
15th May, 2020
Found this was a brilliant alternative to the ready-made I was try it with home made Green Tea Shots
11th May, 2017
Very tasty and easy. The cheese did leak but this didn't matter. Even my fussy grandson enjoyed this.
10th Apr, 2017
Easy and tasty !
22nd Mar, 2016
just made these chicken kievs tonight. i found the recipe wasn't very garlicy as i gave these to a person who hates garlic and they loved them. that being the case if you like garlic i recommend you stick a clove of garlic in the chicken and get a stronger garlic soft cheese. overall i gave this recipe a 5/5 stars as they came out perfect and the whole family loved them. they're also easy for beginner cooks to make! :)
16th Sep, 2015
Great recipe, have made this multiple times now. Can be tricky to get the breadcrumbs to stick on perfectly and they turn out green if you put too much parsley in but always tastes great.
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5th Sep, 2014
Not difficult but mixing chopped parsley with fresh breadcrumbs created a dry lumpy paste that was hard to spread onto the chicken. Perhaps better to use dried breadcrumbs and dried parsley.
17th Jan, 2014
I enjoyed the taste of the kievs but they were quite dry. I would like to have them again with some kind of sauce, perhaps a garlic/cheese one. Other than that this is a great recipe!
21st Oct, 2013
The children loved this. They were sceptical at first, but once they tucked in they wolfed it down and were asking for more once they had finished. Will definitely be making this again.
30th Jun, 2013
Loved this, it was so quick and easy to make. They tasted far superior to shop bought kievs that always look grey! I did put in too much parsley though which made them green - but it didn't affect the flavour. My only slight criticism is that the crumbs underneath were soggy in comparison to the ones on top so may try turning the chicken half way through cooking next time.


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13th Feb, 2015
Dipped each chicken breast in a bit of egg before rolling in breadcrumb mix.
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