Whenever mom made Chicken Kiev when I was a kid, it was always such a treat. Who could resist a lovely chicken breast filled with herbs and butter? I've updated her version using turkey breast cutlets and replacing cracker meal with panko crumbs. A couple of tricks from Michael Symon for keeping those little Kievs together and from The Guardian for a super crunchy crust make for a terrific company dish or if you have the time, a great weeknight meal. —inpatskitchen
6 to 7 kievs depending on your package
For the compound butter
( one stick) salted butter, softened
minced fresh parsley
minced fresh dill
finely sliced green onions (both white and green parts)
cloves garlic smashed in a garlic press or hand smashed
For the Kievs
slices fresh turkey breast cutlets from a 17.6 ounce package (some packs have seven slices)
A little salt and pepper to season the turkey
all purpose flour seasoned with 1 teasppon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
eggs beaten with 1/4 cup water
panko bread crumbs
Enough vegetable or other neutral oil for frying. (enough oil to fill a large skillet with aboout 3/4 inch oil)
Combine all ingredients and shape into a log about 6 inches long. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours. (You can certainly do this the day before)
For the Kievs
Place each cutlet on a piece of plastic wrap and season the top side with a little salt and pepper. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap and gently pound the cutlet just a bit.
Place a piece of the compound butter toward the bottom third of the cutlet and roll up, tucking in the sides as you go. Wrap in plastic wrap, twisting the ends to make a tight package. Repeat with the remaining cutlets and refrigerate for a few hours. (Michael Symon's method)
Set up a breading station with the flour, egg wash and panko. Unwrap each Kiev and bread in the flour, then the egg wash, then the panko. Now back in the egg wash and again in the panko for a double coating. (This idea from The Guardian's "Perfect Chicken Kiev")
Refrigerate the breaded rolls, uncovered for at least an hour.
Heat the oil until very,very hot in a large skillet. Brown each roll on all sides until golden. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve over some buttered parslied egg noodles if you like.
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!