Chicken Kyiv, a dish with origins shrouded in history, is a beloved staple in both Russian and Ukrainian cuisine. Known for its decadent, herb-infused butter filling encased in juicy chicken breast and a crispy, golden exterior, Chicken Kyiv has found its way into international menus and the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide.

Chicken Kiev


Before you begin, gather these ingredients to ensure you have everything you need to create the perfect Chicken Kiev:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges (optional, for serving)


Butterfly the Chicken

  1. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board.
  2. Using a sharp knife, slice each breast horizontally to create a pocket, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  3. Open the chicken breast like a book and flatten it gently with a meat mallet or rolling pin.

Prepare the Herbed Butter

  1. In a bowl, combine the softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, dill, and tarragon.
  2. Mix well until all the herbs are evenly distributed.
  3. Shape the herbed butter into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap.
  4. Place the butter log in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.

Stuff the Chicken

  1. Once the herbed butter is firm, cut it into 4 equal pieces.
  2. Place a piece of herbed butter in the center of each butterflied chicken breast.
  3. Fold the edges of the chicken over the butter, ensuring it is completely enclosed.


Seal the Chicken

  1. Carefully roll the chicken around the butter, tucking in the sides as you go.
  2. Use toothpicks to secure the edges if needed, ensuring a tight seal to prevent the butter from leaking during cooking.


  1. Prepare three shallow bowls for breading:
  • Bowl 1: All-purpose flour
  • Bowl 2: Beaten eggs
  • Bowl 3: Breadcrumbs
  1. Dredge each stuffed chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  2. Dip the floured chicken into the beaten eggs, coating it evenly.
  3. Roll the chicken in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to ensure a thorough coating.


Fry to Perfection

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C).
  2. Carefully place the breaded chicken breasts in the hot oil, seam side down.
  3. Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  4. Transfer the fried chicken to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Baking (Optional for Extra Crispiness)

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place the fried Chicken Kiev on a baking rack set over a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked through and the butter is perfectly melted.


Presentation Tips

Serve your Chicken Kyiv with:

  • Steamed vegetables or a fresh garden salad
  • Mashed potatoes or rice pilaf
  • Lemon wedges on the side for a zesty finish

Garnish with extra chopped parsley for a touch of color and freshness.


Chicken Kyiv is a culinary delight that brings a touch of elegance to any meal. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or treating yourself to a gourmet experience at home, this recipe is sure to impress. Gather your ingredients, follow these steps, and enjoy the rewarding process of creating a dish that's both comforting and sophisticated. Happy cooking!

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