Authentic Chicken Kiev Recipe from Ukraine

Chicken Kiev I

Authentic Chicken Kiev Recipe from Ukraine
Region / culture: Ukraine | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 2


Chicken Kiev I
Chicken Kiev I

Chicken Kiev is a classic dish that originated in Ukraine and has become popular worldwide for its delicious combination of tender chicken, flavorful butter, and crispy breadcrumbs. This dish is perfect for a special dinner or a fancy meal at home.


The origins of Chicken Kiev can be traced back to the early 20th century in Ukraine. It is said that the dish was created by a chef in Kiev who wanted to impress his guests with a unique and flavorful chicken dish. The dish quickly gained popularity and spread to other parts of the world, becoming a staple in many international cuisines.


How to prepare

  1. Remove the skin from the chicken breast and cut it into two filet parts with bones.
  2. Remove tendons and divide each of the two pieces into outer and inner parts.
  3. Chop each of the outer parts and place a piece of butter in the middle.
  4. Wrap the outer part around the inner part, ensuring the edges are sealed.
  5. Season the cutlets with salt and beat an egg in a plate.
  6. Dip each cutlet into the beaten egg, then coat it with breadcrumbs, and repeat the process.
  7. Fry the cutlets in oil for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer them to the oven for a couple of minutes.


  • You can add herbs such as parsley or dill to the butter filling for extra flavor.
  • You can use different types of breadcrumbs, such as panko or seasoned breadcrumbs, for a different texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to seal the edges of the chicken cutlets well to prevent the butter from leaking out during cooking.

- Use high-quality butter for the best flavor in this dish.

- Be careful when frying the cutlets, as the hot oil can splatter.

- For a healthier version, you can bake the cutlets instead of frying them.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Kiev can be served with a side of mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a perfect Chicken Kiev is to seal the edges of the cutlets well and to fry them until golden brown before finishing them in the oven.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you are looking to make a healthier version of Chicken Kiev, you can use olive oil instead of butter and whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of white breadcrumbs.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the chicken cutlets ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to fry and bake them.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chicken Kiev on a bed of mashed potatoes with a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chicken Kiev pairs well with a crisp white wine such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Chicken Kiev in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Kiev contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Kiev contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Kiev contains approximately 25 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chicken Kiev contains approximately 20 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Kiev is a good source of vitamin B6, niacin, and selenium.


Chicken Kiev contains dairy (butter) and gluten (breadcrumbs).


Chicken Kiev is a delicious and indulgent dish that is high in fats and proteins. It is best enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.


Chicken Kiev is a delicious and indulgent dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a fancy dinner at home. With its crispy exterior, tender chicken, and flavorful butter filling, this dish is sure to impress your guests. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was captivated by its simplicity. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my friend Olga in Russia. She invited me over for dinner and served me this delicious dish called Chicken Kiev. I had never tasted anything like it before.

As I took my first bite, the crispy outer layer gave way to reveal juicy, tender chicken and a burst of herb-infused butter. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth. I immediately asked Olga for the recipe, and she graciously shared it with me.

The secret, she told me, was in the butter. It had to be seasoned just right with garlic, parsley, and a touch of lemon zest. And the chicken had to be pounded thin to ensure even cooking. I watched closely as Olga demonstrated how to butterfly the chicken breast and wrap it around the butter mixture.

Over the years, I have made Chicken Kiev countless times, honing my technique and perfecting the flavors. Each time I prepare it, I am transported back to that sunny afternoon in Olga's kitchen, surrounded by the aroma of herbs and the laughter of friends.

As I continued to travel and explore new cuisines, I discovered variations of Chicken Kiev in different countries. In France, they call it Chicken Cordon Bleu, with ham and cheese instead of butter. In Italy, they stuff it with pesto and mozzarella. But for me, nothing compares to the original Russian version.

I have passed down the recipe to my children and grandchildren, sharing the story of how I learned to make Chicken Kiev from my dear friend Olga. It has become a family favorite, requested at every special occasion and holiday gathering.

I often think about Olga and the memories we shared over that delicious meal. She taught me not just a recipe, but a lesson in generosity and friendship. Food has a way of bringing people together, transcending language and culture.

As I prepare Chicken Kiev today, I am reminded of the joy it brings to those I love. The sizzle of the butter as it melts in the oven, the golden brown crust forming on the chicken, the anticipation of that first bite. It is a dish that never fails to impress, a timeless classic that will always hold a special place in my heart.

And so, I continue to cook and create, drawing inspiration from the experiences and people that have shaped me. Each recipe tells a story, a journey of flavors and memories that connect us to the past and nourish us in the present.

As I sit down to enjoy my Chicken Kiev, surrounded by my family and loved ones, I am grateful for the gift of food and the moments it allows us to share. And I raise my glass to Olga, wherever she may be, for introducing me to a dish that has become a cherished tradition in my home. Cheers to friendship, to good food, and to the simple joys that make life worth living.


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