Background and History:
Chicken Kiev, also known as “Kotlety po-Kyivsky,” is a classic Ukrainian dish with a fascinating history. It’s believed to have been created in the late 18th century and was popularized in Kiev, Ukraine, hence the name. This dish traditionally consists of a chicken breast filled with a mixture of garlic butter and herbs, then breaded and fried. With the modern twist of using an air fryer, you can enjoy the same rich and buttery taste with a healthier cooking method.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Cooking spray
- In a bowl, mix the minced garlic, softened butter, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper to create the garlic butter filling.
- Cut a pocket into each chicken breast and stuff it with the garlic butter mixture.
- Seal the chicken breasts with toothpicks.
- Dip each chicken breast in the beaten eggs, then coat it with breadcrumbs.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
- Lightly spray the chicken breasts with cooking spray and place them in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown, turning them halfway through.
- Remove the toothpicks before serving.
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)
- Calories: 450
- Protein: 32g
- Carbohydrates: 24g
- Fat: 25g
- Fiber: 2g
- Sugars: 2g
- Chicken Kiev is traditionally served with a side of mashed potatoes or a simple salad.
- You can customize the filling by adding herbs like dill or chives for extra flavor.
- Using an air fryer makes this classic dish crispy and delicious with less oil.
Please be cautious of any allergies to specific ingredients. Always check for individual dietary restrictions and allergies before serving.