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Chef John's Chicken Kiev

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"I'm not going to say this chicken Kiev is 'easy to make.' It's really not. So, why try? Because, if and when you pull this off, you'll be enjoying one of the greatest chicken experiences of your life. It's also one of the greatest garlic experiences of your life, as well as one of the greatest butter experiences of your life."
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1 h 35 m servings 790
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Grind garlic and a pinch of salt together in a mortar and pestle until garlic is completely smashed. Add parsley and mix until completely incorporated. Pound butter into garlic mixture with pestle until parsley and garlic are fully incorporated into the butter. Wrap the butter mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 15 minutes.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place 1/4 the butter mixture in the center of wider end of each chicken breast. Fold the narrower end of each chicken breast up over the butter to form a tight pocket around the butter. Gather the sides of each chicken breast to the center to form a round ball. The top of the chicken will be smooth and the bottom will be gathered. Tightly wrap each chicken breast ball in plastic wrap, put wrapped breasts on a plate, and chill in the freezer until the gathered bottoms hold together and are slightly firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour and 2 teaspoons salt together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs together in another shallow bowl. Pour panko bread crumbs into another bowl.
  4. Remove chicken breast balls from plastic wrap. Gently press each chicken breast ball into flour mixture to coat and shake off any excess flour. Dip into beaten eggs, then press into bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and return to the freezer to chill until firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Working in batches, cook chicken, gathered-side down, in hot oil and until lightly golden on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper over the top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until you can hear the butter start to sizzle on the baking sheet, 15 to 17 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 790 calories; 38.3 62.2 59.5 268 1656 Full nutrition

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Absolutely 5 stars (and then some) on this one! A lot of prep work but OMG the end result is so incredibly decadent it's beyond words. I served this to a private group of friends and everyone, ...

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Too much work, too little taste. Used to order in restaurants and loved it. Needs Parmesan or something

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Absolutely 5 stars (and then some) on this one! A lot of prep work but OMG the end result is so incredibly decadent it's beyond words. I served this to a private group of friends and everyone, ...

to stick the flattened chicken breast meat together more effectively, I would suggest that you add a touch of cornstarch (preferably organic!) to areas that you're sealing- it really makes a dif...

I have been using allrecipes for years (9? 10?), and this is my first review. That should tell you how great the instructions were for making this dish. It was perfectly seasoned, perfectly spic...

Terrific and delicious recipe. I followed it exactly as directed and it turned out amazing!! Thank you Chef John for the rolling technique as well, the delicious center stayed put until the fina...

Chicken Kiev is my husband's favorite recipe! I've been using a very old recipe, which sometimes worked but wasn't always reliable. I'm so glad I found this one! The only change I would make is ...

OMG! What a decadent Chicken Kiev. Chef John you did it again! A little more prep, but the ending results was magnificent. :-)

Look no more for another chicken kiev recipe! There are other kiev recipes with more reviews, but this is the absolute best! My family loved it as it tasted like something that you would be serv...

I would give this 10 stars. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe how this tastes. I do have to admit I did change 1 thing, I ground up my chicken in my food processor. When ever I pound out ...

This was my first attempt at making Chicken Kiev and I followed eh instructions exactly for fear of messing it up. When you follow a Chef John's great video instruction, you really just can't g...