Chicken Kiev

by Erica Dinho on November 25, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Guest posting today and sharing her delicious recipe is Natasha from “5-Star Foodie”. Natasha has a beautiful blog filled with fantastic recipes and amazing reviews.

Kiev, mother of all Russian cities, is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. Kiev has unforgettable chestnut blossoms during Spring and gorgeous colored leaves in the Fall. This wonderful specialty from the city where I was born is one of my signature dishes.

Ironically, Chicken Kiev was not actually created in Ukraine. There are various stories on the origins of the dish; one tells that it was created by a French chef and first called Chicken Supreme, then renamed Chicken Kiev when later served in Russian restaurants. The Russian food historian William Pokhlebkin claimed that Chicken Kiev was invented in the Moscow Merchants’ Club in the early 20th century and was renamed Chicken Kiev in one of the Soviet restaurants in later years. Regardless of the origin, Chicken Kiev has been a classic dish served in Russian and Ukrainian restaurants all over the world since the early 20th century. Chicken Kiev

My recipe is quite unique and differs from the traditional recipe. Instead of pounding the chicken, I grind it, ensuring that it is very tender. I use tarragon to flavor the butter filling and add Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs.


1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
1 onion
1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 stick chilled butter
¼ cup breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
¼ cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Put chicken and onion through the meat grinder and into a large bowl. Add egg, salt, pepper, and tarragon to the bowl. Mix well by hand until the mixture is smooth. Form two big patties, place on plate or cutting board and flatten them.
  2. Cut the ½ stick of butter in half and roll each half into a thin log. Coat with tarragon on all sides. Place one butter log in a middle of each patty, and reshape so that the chicken mixture covers the butter completely.
  3. In a shallow dish, mix breadcrumbs, spices, and Parmesan. Coat the chicken patties with breadcrumbs. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet and brown the chicken patties quickly (1-2 minute per side).
  5. Bake on 375° F, covered, for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Peppers Tricolor and Truffled Mashed Potatoes.
  6. To make Peppers Tricolor, roast the three different kinds of sweet bell peppers then drizzle them with balsamic vinegar. For Truffled Mashed Potatoes, simply add truffle oil to taste into your regular mashed potatoes. These sides compliment Chicken Kiev perfectly.
  7. Now, take a look at what happens the moment you cut into the chicken.
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  9. The melted butter spreads across the plate and instantly forms a buttery sauce for this dish. Delicious!
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica November 25, 2009 at 2:55 PM


Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with my readers :)


2 KennyT November 25, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Natasha and Erica!


3 Nat November 25, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I love Chicken Keives ! Thanks so much Erica and Natasha…a brilliant recipe and also very child friendly…useful to mom’s like me…!


4 Palidor November 25, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Thanks for sharing! Wow looks so delicious. I love the golden brown color of the crust on the chicken.


5 Ivy November 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you Erica and Natasha. Natasha, this sounds amazing. Never made Kiev chicken before.


6 Miriam/The Winter Guest November 25, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Kiev looks beautiful indeed and the chicken looks delicious!


7 Chris November 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM

That is some of the most perfectly prepared chicken kiev I’ve ever seen. Excellent job!!!!! I also love the presentation of the mashed potatoes.


8 nora@ffr November 25, 2009 at 4:01 PM

HAPPY THANX GIVING erica!! m loving this yummy dish from natha! :) totally agree abt her!


9 monicajane November 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM

yummy…sounds sooo good…I love the photograph of Kiev…so stunningly beautiful. I’ve never seen a picture of it before.

thanks for sharing. I don’t get around to blogs often enough.


10 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 25, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Gotta try this recipe! The chicken Kiev looks perfect!
Happy Thanksgiving!


11 Jhonny Walker November 25, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Natasha…this is just super easy peasy..and sounds real good to taste..with all the lovely herbs going about it!


12 Claudia Medeiros November 25, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Thanks for sharing all this world culinary :D


13 rebecca subbiah November 25, 2009 at 5:09 PM

loved this post when it was on Natasha blog enjoy all


14 Erica November 25, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


15 Divina November 25, 2009 at 7:46 PM

I love this chicken recipe. It can’t go wrong with there’s butter inside. Happy Thanksgiving Erica and Natasha. This is a wonderful recipe.


16 Kim November 25, 2009 at 10:57 PM

I love the first picture – what a beautiful city!! This looks and sounds like an absolute wonderful meal. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!


17 Pearlyn November 26, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Thanks for sharing this recipe , it will be a hit with my kids :D


18 Empar November 26, 2009 at 4:31 AM

Debe estar riquisimo, porque la pinta es estupenda!!
Un beso.


19 Simply Life November 26, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Oh my, that really is a gorgeous city!!!


20 Erica November 26, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment :)


21 Joanne November 26, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Happy Thanksgiving! I love chicken kiev and that red pepper sounds delicious.


22 doggybloggy November 26, 2009 at 11:38 AM



23 Diana November 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

This is a wonderful recipe! I’ll be trying this for sure ;)


24 Gera @ SweetsFoods November 26, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Erica and Natasha!!
I enjoyed again this scrumptious recipe of Chicken Kiev :)




25 Melanie November 26, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Erica and Natasha thank you so much for this lovely recipe and background. Chicken Kiev was my mother’s favorite dish. When I was a little girl we used to go out for dinner on Saturday night to the Navy Club–and one of their specialties was Chicken Kiev. Happy Thanksgiiving to you both. I am eating baked sweet potato while I am writing to you. Yum too.


26 Erica November 27, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Thank you guys for visiting my blog and leaving a comment :)


27 Oysterculture November 28, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Erica and Natasha – I love Chicken Kiev, it was a special treat when I had it growing up and now I cannot wait to try this recipe!


28 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie November 28, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Thank you all for such wonderful feedback for the recipe! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


29 Danielle November 29, 2009 at 11:47 PM

i love chicken kiev. this looks fantastic


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