Classic Chicken Kiev

READY IN: 4hrs 25mins




  • At least four hours before the meal, prepare the butter mixture - stir together butter, dill, lemon juice and cayenne in a medium bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Spread a 12" long piece of plastic wrap on a work surface and place the butter mixture on one end, forming a 2" X 3" rectangle. Wrap the rectangle with the plastic wrap, maintaining the shape, and refrigerate at least 2 hours to chill and harden.
  • When the butter has chilled, prepare the chicken breast halves, placing each half between plastic wrap (or I use a zip bag) and using a meat mallet with a large flat side, pound the halves until they are 1/4" thick overall, taking care not to tear the meat. Season each one with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut the chilled butter lengthwise into 4 equal size bars. Place 1 bar in the center of each chicken breast. Fold the ends of each breast over the butter; roll up each piece tightly to completely enclose butter.
  • Make fresh breadcrumbs (you can do this in advance), by cutting the crusts off 12 slices of firm white sandwich bread, tearing the slices into pieces, and pulsing them in a food processor at least three times. Less will produce a coarser crumb, more a finer crumb.
  • Whisk bread crumbs, thyme, and 1 tsp salt and add a generous amount of ground pepper in a shallow bowl large enough to roll each chicken breast
  • Place the flour and the eggs in separate shallow bowls.
  • Dredge each chicken breast in flour, then eggs, followed by the bread crumbs, pressing the crumbs onto the chicken and shaking off excess. Transfer to a sheet pan, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • When ready to fry the chicken breasts, pour the oil to a depth of 1/2" in a pan large enough to hold all the chicken breasts. Heat over medium heat until 325 degrees.
  • Add chicken to the hot oil and reduce heat to medium low. Cook, turning once, until golden brown and crispy on both sides, making sure it is done throughout - about 25 minutes total.
  • Transfer the fried chicken rolls to a paper towel lined plate and serve immediately.