Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev

Americas Test Kitchen

We made this for dinner the other night when we had company over. It turned out really delicious, the herb butter made this dish. The pieces where I skimped on herb butter were not nearly as good as the ones where I put on the full 1/4 stick. I know, I know. Don't track your "points" on this one ladies.

Unbaked, breaded chicken Kievs can be refrigerated overnight and baked the next day or frozen for up to one month. To cook from frozen, increase baking time to 50-55 minutes.

Servings: 4 servings

8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp minced shallot
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves
1/2 tsp minced fresh tarragon leaves
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/8 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper

bread crumb coating
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts tenderloin removed
1 cup AP flour
3 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp Dijon mustard
For the Herb Butter: Mix ingredients with rubber spatula until combined. Form into a 3 inch square on plastic wrap; wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

For the Chicken: Adjust oven rack to lower middle position; heat oven to 300 degrees.

Pound the chicken between two sheets of wax paper until 1/4 inch thick. Unwrap butter and cut into 4 rectangular pieces. Place chicken breast cut side up on work surface. season both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 piece of butter in center of bottom half of breast. Roll bottom edge of chicken over butter, then fold in sides and continue rolling to form neat, tight package pressing on seam to seal. Repeat with remaining butter and chicken. Regrigerate uncovered to allow edges to seal, 1 hour.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate pie plates or shallow dihes. Season flour with salt and pepper, season bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Add mustard to eggs and whisk to combine. Dredge 1 chicken breast in flour, shaking off excess, then coat with egg mixture allowing excess to drip off. Coat all sides of chicken breast with bread crumbs, pressing gently so that crumbs adhere. Place on wire rack set over rimmed baking sheet. Repeat flouring and breading on remaining chicken breasts.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes on wire rack before serving.

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