Tom Kerridge Chicken Kiev recipe

Shop bought Chicken Kievs just never appeal to me, despite my love for them....but who wouldn't enjoy a homemade version? It is a something I have always wanted to try and make for myself with a whole chicken breast so I know exactly the quality of meat I am eating. Tom Kerridge showed a great recipe on his BBC series best ever dishes so I thought I would attempt it myself.

Ingredients
100g/3½oz butter, softened
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
1 tsp table salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 large skinless chicken breasts
150g/5½oz plain flour
2 large free-range eggs
150g/5½oz Japanese panko breadcrumbs
vegetable oil, for shallow frying
pinch sea salt flakes

Method
In a bowl, beat together the softened butter, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper and parsley until well combined. Spoon the butter into a piping bag fitted with a large plain nozzle. Alternatively, put the butter into a food bag, twist the bag to push the butter into one corner and snip off the tip.
Using a sharp knife, make a deep, wide 'pocket' in the thickest end of each chicken breast, without cutting all the way through. Fill each chicken breast with as much of the butter mixture as possible.

Sprinkle the flour onto a plate. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Break up the panko breadcrumbs using your hands or pulse in a food processor. Sprinkle the crumbs onto another plate.

One by one, dust the chicken breasts first in the flour, then dip them into the egg, then roll them in the breadcrumbs until completely coated. Place the coated chicken breasts onto a plate, cover, then chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, or until needed.

When the chicken breasts have chilled, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Heat a little of the vegetable oil over a low-medium heat in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the chicken Kievs for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown all over. Sprinkle with salt flakes, then transfer to a roasting tray and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. (The chicken is cooked through when the juices run clear when the thickest part of the meat is pierced with a skewer - remember not to pierce the chicken all the way to the buttery centre!) Serve immediately.
This recipe came out really well served witg spinach, sweet potato and vegetables. I had slight reservations about frying the chicken first, but it helped to add a bit of colour and texture to the panko breadcrumbs. The retro dish is perfect for an everyday supper as it is quite simple and quick to make!

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