I think I’m back

by Maureen on January 13, 2012

It’s been a very long haul but I’ve come through the uncomfortable bits and I’m on the other side of all the health issues I had.  The holidays are over and the weather is warm and sunny and I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and create more orgasmic food!

Imagine going for what seemed decades on only raw food?  Bed rest, sleep and a rainbow of veggies and here I am, nearly brand new.  LOL  Okay that’s bit’s a lie but I do feel immensely better.

I’ve watched a LOT of television and a few weeks ago I watched a guy make Chicken Kiev and thought, “why have I been buying these at the butcher or frozen all these years if it’s that easy??”

So I decided I’d cook one for my long suffering husband.  It WAS easy.  I didn’t plan to blog about it so I only have one photo.

how to make chicken kiev

You start by getting your chicken breast.  Traditional Chicken Kiev leaves the first wing bone on but that’s not how mine came so I didn’t worry about it.  Put the breast between two pieces of cling film (plastic wrap) and hit it with a meat mallet or rolling pin but do it gently.  You want to flatten the chicken but it’s already dead so a gentle nudge is all it needs.  It needs to be flat enough to wrap around the garlic butter and have all the butter enclosed.  Add salt and pepper and set aside.

Once that’s done, mix softened butter – but you don’t want it so warm that it’s nearly melted, only soft enough to work the garlic and parsley in.  Mix well and form into a log.  I think the next time I make it I’ll put the butter mixture in the freezer after the log has been made. I think it will make all the rolling, dipping and rolling much easier.

Place the log on the back side of the chicken breast and wrap it like you would a parcel.

Roll it in flour but be careful not to unwrap it as you roll.

Then roll in beaten egg, again don’t let it unroll.

Finally roll it in fresh breadcrumbs that you’ve added salt and pepper to and place in a frying pan with a little bit of oil and it needs to be hot enough that the chicken sizzles when you place it in the pan.  Cook til the chicken is golden brown all around.  You’ll love it.

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Did you know how easy it is to make Chicken Kiev at home? I've always bought them frozen or from the butcher but never again!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 4 chicken breasts with small wing bone attached
  • 1 cup softened butter (not too soft)
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1½ cups bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ⅛ cup milk
  • ¾ cup cooking oil
  1. Start by making the garlic butter.
  2. Mix the garlic and parsley into the butter and mix well.
  3. Form into 4 small logs and place in the refrigerator while you do the chicken
  4. Take each chicken breast and place it between pieces of cling film and flatten with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Don't hit it hard as this will damage the flesh. The chicken needs to be flat enough to wrap around the garlic butter logs.
  5. Once all the chicken is flat, place them wrong side up and season with salt and pepper and then place one garlic butter log in the center.
  6. Wrap the chicken around the butter, folding in the top end.
  7. Roll in flour
  8. Beat the egg and the milk together and gently dip the chicken into the egg
  9. Add salt and pepper to the bread crumbs and then carefully roll the chicken in the crumbs and set aside.
  10. Once all the chicken has been rolled in crumbs put the oil into a frying pan and heat to medium high. You want the oil to sizzle when you place the chicken into the pan.
  11. Fry on all sides until golden brown.
  12. Enjoy!


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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

rebecca January 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

love chicken kiev and great to have you back sorry you were unwell hugs Rebecca


unikorna January 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm

welcome back Maureen, your chicken looks amazing. I lovveee garlic butter, too bad I don’t eat meat anymore, but I could try it for my boyfriend he loves chicken. I wish you an amazing bloggerly year and txs so much for your lovely wishes :).
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Erin January 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

So glad you are feeling better!


Greg January 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

Great to see you back and hear you’re doing well. Great looking dish too.


Baker Street January 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

SOOOO glad to see you back Maureen! Hope you’re doing better. xo

Much love,

PS: great shot of the kiev. :)
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Kimby January 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Maureen, I was tickled to see you out and about again in blogworld and thankful you took the time you needed to take care of yourself. Here’s to better days in 2012… welcome back!


SallyBR January 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

Great to see you back! I just saw your comment on my blog and immediately jumped here, hoping you had something going… and yeap! Here you were!

Wonderful to know you are feeling better!

Chicken Kiev is a delicious dish indeed, and like you, I sometimes buy the frozen stuff, and feel guilty about it… ;-)


yummychunklet January 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

Welcome back! I’m glad to see you blogging again.


Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake January 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Welcome back! Glad you’re feeling better, although don’t push yourself, still get plenty of rest. :) The chicken kiev recipe looks fantastic :D


Sushi - Las Vegas January 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Welcome back dear :) I know blogs are addictive :) Cheers


Sheila January 17, 2012 at 3:35 am

This looks super yummy! My butcher sells them too, but I have never bought them…think I might give yours a try ; )


Catherine January 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

Dear Maureen, I am thrilled!that you are feeling better. I am so glad that you decided it is time to get cooking and be back in the world of blogging. I have missed you. I am keeping you in my prayers to stay well. Your friend, Catherine xo
A Happy and Delightful New Year to you and your loved ones!
p.s. The chicken kiev sounds wonderful! I am sure your hubby enjoyed it.


Katherine Martinelli January 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

I’m so happy you are feeling better. I’ve never made chicken Kiev, and this looks delicious!


Terra January 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Yay, so glad you are back! I hope you are feeling much better:-) Your chicken kiev sounds really fun, I know I have had it, but love how easy it would be to make:-) Hugs, Terra


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com January 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Glad you are feeling better, sweetie. I am just back from a short hiatus myself.

Those chicken Kiev’s definitely had me drooling :D


Kitchen Belleicious January 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

Yeah! SO glad you are back. We have missed you and more importantly your amazing recipes! This chicken looks awesome


Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious January 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

Welcome back Maureen, I have missed you! Glad to hear things are better and you’re feeling well. Your chicken kiev looks great dear!!


skip to malou January 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

I’m sure if your kitchen could talk, she would tell you how happy she is to have you back. welcome back maureen. happy to be here to enjoy your chicken kiev.


Frugal in WV January 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I’m glad that you’re feeling better! Your chicken recipe looks delicious :)


Joanne January 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

There’s nothing worse than being sick, but I’m SO glad you’re back! And with a vengeance! This looks great.


The Café Sucré Farine January 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Wow, sounds like a special occasion dinner! Glad you’re feeling better – it’s a bummer to be sick!


Sarah Caron January 20, 2012 at 12:46 am

Glad to hear you are on the mend! I’ve never had chicken kiev, but it sounds so delicious (and easy!). Can’t wait to try it.


Karriann Graf January 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

Great to see you back Maureen. After getting your comments this week I had wondered where you had been cause it dawned on me that I hadn’t seen you on Twitter in a long time. I got nosy and looked back to make sure I was right! Wow since the end of September. Sending you huge hugs….just don’t over do it! Cheers.


Sawsan January 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

Welcome back Maureen
it is so good to see you back again


EA-The Spicy RD January 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

So glad you are back and feeling better! This chicken looks delicious,and I’ve never made Kiev before, so looks like a good one to make {with gluten-free breadcrumbs for me!} Looking forward to more orgasmic food :-)


Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook January 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

Glad you are feeling better! Great recipe, it looks delicious. I’ve only had it in restaurants, I’d live to try it at home.


Claudia @ Whats Cookin Italian Cuisine January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Glad your feeling better you sure made your debut with one of our favs although I have never tried homemade you sure made it sound easy enough forvmevto even want to attempt nice job hopjng you have the best year to come


peachkins January 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

This is healthy chicken Kiev and I’m glad you feel better! Hugs to you!


Nami | Just One Cookbook January 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Maureen, I was wondering about you but didn’t know that you weren’t well. I was really happy to see your comment coming in the other day (thank you!). Welcome back, and I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. I’ve never heard of Chicken Kiev (how do you pronounce, keev?) before. Sounds delicious! Looking forward to seeing new recipes and posts from you!


Tina@flourtrader January 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

This chicken does look tasty, no doubt it was an enjoyable meal-yum! Glad you are feeling better.


Tina@flourtrader January 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

PS thanks for your sweet comments regarding my guest post! Have a great weekend.


Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen January 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

Welcome back, Maureen! I hadn’t realized your last post was way back in Sept 2011, but I hope you’re well on your way to a full recovery now. I really had no idea you weren’t well, but you sounded so optimistic in this post that I have to admire and envy your inner strength. Your husband is a lucky man, I hope this lovely Chicken Kiev made him a happy man too!


Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

Welcome back Maureen! This chicken looks delightful – satisfying without being heavy and full of flavour.


Isabelle @ Crumb January 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

Welcome back, Maureen! You were sorely missed. I’m sorry to hear about your health woes, but very glad to hear that they’re behind you now. Here’s to a healthy 2012. :)


Bunkycooks January 21, 2012 at 6:18 am

I hope that you are feeling better. Being sick I wis no fun. I haven’t had Chicken Kiev in years! I will definitely have to bring it back around!


Vicki Bensinger January 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

I love chicken kiev but haven’t had it in years. Yours looks delicious and it’s so simple to make. I agree – once you know how to make it why buy it.

Thanks for sharing!


Jamie January 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Oh so glad you are feeling better. Not easy to drag oneself into the kitchen but oh a chicken kiev may be the best medicine. Looks fabulous and something my men would go wild over!


Lisa January 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

Like I said anove…I’m so glad you’re back and well again. You’re one of the sweetest gals on Twitter I know *hugs* I adore chicken kiev, and used to make it often. Yours looks perfect! So, in a weird way, something positive (outside of better health) came out of the bed rest and TV lol


Yuri - Chef Pandita January 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Yes you’re back, that makes me a happy panda :D I remember when I got the email saying I had a blog comment from YOU. I had to read twice to make sure it was you, then ran to Twitter to tell Roberta. We were so worried!

Panda hugs, dear friend <3


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