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Binging With Babish: Chicken Kiev From Mad Men

– They have Chicken Kiev, butter squirts everywhere. (door clicking) – Oh, I don’t even need
to look, Chicken Kiev. – They make you wear a bib. – Come on, let’s have some fun. – Two Chicken Kievs. – [Babish] Hey, what’s up
guys and welcome back to “They said it on TV
and I wanted to eat it, “so I’m gonna make it,” with Babish. Chicken Kiev is an indulgent
20th century staple that requires a bit of butchery. So, on a clean cutting board stabilized by a moistened towel we’re plopping down a
pair of chicken breasts and butterflying them, that is, carefully placing a cut
directly down the center of the breast and opening
it up like a book. I say carefully, because we wanna do this as evenly as possible and minimize holes through which our herby
butter stuffing can leak out. Once they’ve been butterflied, we’re going to sandwich the breasts betwixt sheets of plastic wrap so that we can pound them
out as thin as possible. Again, this is a little tricky, you don’t want to pound them out too thin because they could form holes. Some holes are gonna be
fine, but bigger ones, especially in the middle of the breast, are going to be problematic. Ultimately we want them to be about one and a half
times their original size. And then we must stuff our
chicken with compound butter which we are compounding
with some fresh herbs. I’ve got about two
tablespoons of fresh dill, one tablespoon of teragon, and
three tablespoons of parsley which I’m going to mix together with six ounces of room temperature, high quality, unsalted butter. I’m also going to grate a couple
cloves of garlic in there, give it a little pinch of salt, a few twists of freshly
ground black pepper, and then give it a good
paddling until the herbs and garlic are evenly distributed
throughout the butter, making sure to leave no butter behind. Once that’s ready to go, we need to form the butter into logs which we’re going to do with wetted hands. This will prevent the butter from sticking to your hands too much
and help you shape them into cleaner, rounder, smoother logs. Once you’ve shaped the butter into two separate three ounce logs, we need to firm them up in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before inserting them into our chicken. First, we’re going to season the inside of the chicken with a
little bit of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the butter at the narrowest end nearest you and roll it up like a burrito, that is, roll it a little bit, tuck in the sides, and continue rolling for maximum chicken ensconcement. Then, to get a really
clean cylindrical shape I like to wrap these
guys up in plastic wrap and utilize the Gordan
Ramsay “whipsy flipsy” method to wrap them up into a tight chicken tube which I’m gonna place
in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to firm up so
they’re ready for breading. We’re going with a standard
three stage breading station but to the one cup of flour, I’m going to add half a cup of cornstarch which will hopefully help seal any minor gaps in our chicken. I’m also adding a little
bit of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper,
tiny whisking to combine and likewise whisking
the eggs into a slurry. Then we’re dropping the chicken straight in… disastrous… Into the flour mixture first, making sure that it is thoroughly coated before transferring over to the eggs and likewise ensuring that every nook and/or cranny is coated. Then, it’s headed over to the bread crumbs where, you guessed it, we gotta make sure that it is thoroughly coated and I’m going to double dip the chicken. So, it’s headed back into the eggs and then back into the bread crumbs, which will hopefully
secure its buttery payload. We’re letting that hang out on a rimmed baking sheet
covered in breadcrumbs while we complete the
second chicken breast. And, if you have any
problematic cracks or gaps, you can always try to seal them up by repeatedly dipping them in egg and breadcrumbs respectively. But, don’t worry too much, because even though we
are deep frying these in 350 degree fahrenheit oil, we’re only doing so for about two minutes, just enough time to give
the outside some color and create a crispy, crunchy barrier that will keep the melted butter in place while these guys finish in the oven. First, we’re going to
drain them on paper towels which is gonna help
soak up any excess oil. I’m also frying them one at a time, both because it’s scary,
and so we don’t drop the temperature of the oil too much. Then, these guys are headed onto a rack set in a rimmed baking sheet and baking in a 350 degree fahrenheit oven for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. You know that it’s done
when you start hearing butter sputtering on
the bottom of the pan. Then, these guys have to rest for at least 10 minutes
before being served up with some era appropriate sides. Having mashed potatoes is
the ideal base for this dish because it’s about to
get positively showered in butter and herbs. And there you have it folks,
the only chicken I know of that you need to eat with a bib. The sort of butter cavity
left inside the chicken is a little odd looking to me but lets see what it tastes like. And, big surprise, this
tastes really, really good. Turns out if you stuff chicken with garlic herb butter
and then deep fry it it turns out pretty tasty. And what really cool is the liquidous gold treasure within transforms everything else on the plate which makes it both an obvious entrant into the clean plate club and a great motivator to go hit the gym. (enthusiastic music)
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