Chicken Kiev with Le Gruyère AOP

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  • 8 chicken breasts, skinless
  • 100g of plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g of Panko breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Filling

  • 2 garlic bulbs, cloves peeled
  • 100g of unsalted butter
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 300g of chicken stock
  • 200g of salted butter, room temperature
  • 300g of Le Gruyère AOP Réserve, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp of curry powder, (optional)
  • 100g of mixed herbs, such as parsley, chives and tarragon, finely chopped
1
For the filling (which can be made well in advance if needed), melt the unsalted butter in a saucepan and finely grate all the garlic cloves into it. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the flour and cook out for a further 2 minutes. Gradually add the chicken stock, stirring to combine, then continue to cook until thickened. Allow to cool
  • 100g of unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic bulbs, cloves peeled
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 300g of chicken stock
2
Once cool, pour the base into a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Gradually add the salted butter a little at a time, allowing it to whip. Finish with the Gruyère Reserve, fresh herbs and curry powder (if using)
  • 200g of salted butter, room temperature
  • 300g of Le Gruyère AOP Réserve, finely grated
  • 100g of mixed herbs, such as parsley, chives and tarragon, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of curry powder, (optional)
3
Roll the butter into a long log on a sheet of cling film and then wrap tightly. Place in the freezer to freeze solid
4
While the butter freezes, butterfly the chicken breasts. Place each breast between 2 sheets of cling film and bash with a rolling pin until flat. Place in the fridge until needed
5
Once the butter has frozen, unwrap it and cut into 8 equal portions, around three-quarters of the length of the chicken breast (you may need to work and mould the butter slightly to make it the correct shape, depending on how you froze it). Place the butter into the middle of each butterflied chicken breast, then roll the meat around it, making sure the butter is fully wrapped and creating a neat cylinder shape
6
Bring a pan of vegetable oil or a deep-fat fryer to 180°C and preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Dip the chicken ballontines in flour, then the beaten egg, then the breadcrumbs. Repeat this process twice more to ensure they are completely coated
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 100g of plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g of Panko breadcrumbs
7
Deep-fry the chicken Kievs in batches for around 5 minutes, until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown, then transfer to the oven to finish cooking for a further 10 minutes. Serve whole to each guest with a side salad or other accompaniments – when they cut open the Kiev, the filling should ooze out
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