Classic chicken kiev with bean ragoût

Classic chicken kiev with bean ragoût

Home Comforts
Yuki Sigura

There are a few dishes in this book which hark back to the 1970s. I’m not so old that I was cooking back then, but my mum’s cooking dates back that far. This, together with the rest of the Johnny Mathis collection of recipes in this book, is down to her. It’s proper home-cooked grub and for that I thank you, mother: for showing me the way at a young age. Garlic scapes are the stalks and buds of young garlic plants and you can often find them on sale at markets.


Quantity Ingredient
175g softened unsalted butter
50g softened unsalted butter, for the bean ragout
1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and crushed
4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
flavourless vegetable oil, to deep-fry
4 french-trimmed skinless chicken breasts, (wing bones attached)
75g plain flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
90g panko crumbs
125g runner beans, trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces
125g garden peas
4 spring onions, roughly chopped
125g broad beans, skins removed
6 garlic scapes, blanched, cut into 4cm pieces, (optional)


  1. Put the 175g of butter, all but one clove of the garlic and half the parsley into a bowl and beat together, then season with salt and black pepper. Spoon in a line on to a sheet of cling film and roll up into a log, then twist the end to secure and place in the fridge for one hour to set.
  2. Heat a deep-fat fryer to 160°C or heat the oil for deep-frying in a deep heavy-based saucepan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
  3. Insert a knife horizontally into the bone end of the chicken breast, just next to the bone, and carefully move the knife from side to side, creating a pocket in the centre of the breast.
  4. Slice the garlic butter into 1cm-thick fingers and place a few in each pocket, pressing in as far as possible.
  5. Put the flour, eggs and panko crumbs into three separate shallow dishes. Season the flour. Pass the chicken through the flour, turning to coat all sides, then through the egg. Repeat, so each chicken breast has two coats of flour and egg. Finally roll each through the breadcrumbs to coat totally.
  6. Carefully lower two at a time into the hot fat and fry for eight to 10 minutes until golden and the chicken has cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside to keep warm while you cook the rest.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan until medium hot, add the runner beans, 275ml of water and 25g of the remaining butter and bring to the boil Add the peas, spring onions, garlic and broad beans and simmer for three or four minutes until all the vegetables are tender. Add the rest of the butter and parsley and the garlic scapes (if using) and heat through, then check the seasoning.
  8. Spoon the vegetables into the centre of four plates, top with a chicken kiev and serve.
James Martin
Saturday Kitchen
comfort food
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