Chicken Kiev with a Smoky Bacon Twist

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Here’s a wonderful twist on the classic chicken Kiev: add crispy bacon bits to the garlic butter filling. Any you have leftover, melt it in a pan and pour over the baked chicken breasts. Stunning.

Serves 2

1 tbsp oil

3-4 rashers smoked streaky bacon

100g softened butter

3 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 garlic cloves, grated

1 tsp salt

½ tsp cayenne pepper

2 large skinless chicken breasts

150g plain flour

2 eggs, beaten

150g fine panko breadcrumbs

Vegetable or sunflower oil, for cooking

Sea salt

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1. Heat a frying pan over a low heat, add the oil and cook the bacon until very crisp. Remove from the bacon and pat dry with kitchen paper, then with a sharp knife, finely chop the bacon into a crunchy powder.

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2. In a bowl, beat together the butter, bacon bits, parsley, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper with a wooden spoon. Set aside.

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3. Take the chicken breasts and using a thin, sharp knife, make a small hole at the fattest end of each breast and push the knife into the middle, trying not to cut al the way through.

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4. Keep working the knife around to for a large enough opening to get the butter in.

5. With a small spoon, fill each of the chicken breasts with as much butter as you can get in the hole.

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6. Dust the breasts all over with the flour, then dip them into the beaten eggs.

7. Finally, roll them around in the breadcrumbs.

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8. Place the chicken on a plate, cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or until needed.

9. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Warm a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a low-medium heat.

10. Place the Kievs in the pan and colour gently for 3-4 minutes on each side.

11. When the chicken breasts have taken on a lovely golden colour, sprinkle them with a pinch of sea salt, place on an oven tray and roast for 10-15 minutes until they are cooked through.

12. Serve with a crisp green salad and pour over any leftover garlic-bacon butter.

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4 Responses to Chicken Kiev with a Smoky Bacon Twist

  1. Drool. Had forgotten how much I love chicken kiev. On the list for this week.

  2. Wow – I love Chicken Kievs but this is a whole new level! CAn’t wait to give this ago (welcome break from the diet)!