Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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For ten years, James Martin was featured on BBC, and for good reason. The man is a talented chef and TV star, and perhaps one of his best-known recipes is his chicken Kiev. It's a classic take on a classic dish - and we're gonna make it today.
James Martin chicken Kiev makes use of a few simple ingredients: chicken, garlic, and breading, to make something delicious.
Unfortunately, my inner chef tells me that this could use an update to bring it back from the '70s that it simply screams it's from. So we're going to put a nice, simple twist on the classic and modernise it a bit. And of course, as always, you can expect this recipe to come filler-free and devoid of unnecessary bits and bobs. Now, onto the food!
Now, this isn't exactly an easy dish, rather it's simple . It won't take much to get it all together, no matter how intimidating this all may look.
First things first, as always, are the ingredients. Get them all prepared beforehand and this recipe will fly by in no time. To make the chicken Kiev, you'll need:
Now all that's left is the actual cooking - let's get to it!
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This particular recipe is so simple that it's hard to really beat. The best thing you can do here, realistically, is to improve the breading. We're going to go with a cajun breading to really add some kick to this chicken. If you don't like spicy things, I'll mark a few seasonings as optional. The addition of andouille sausage, home fried potatoes, and some corn wouldn't go amiss here, either.
Now, to make the improved breading, you'll need the following:
*This is an optional ingredient that is often hard to find. While filéaddsmassive amounts of flavour, it's more common in the southern USA than in other areas.If unfamiliar with the flavour of this spice, I highly recommend that you go easy on it the first time to see how you feel about it - its flavour is rather divisive outside of the States.
**This is also a regional ingredient that is harder to find in parts of Europe. If you can't find it - it's okay. You'll still get the flavour of andouille from the spice mix.
For the Veggies
James Martin's chicken Kiev is delicious - don't get me wrong. You can't really go wrong with herby, buttery fried chicken. The (in my opinion) necessary improvement comes in the form of his breading. If you're a fan of bland but crispy breading, then you'll love the original recipe. But if you want to add a bit of spice to your life, the cajun chicken, potatoes, corn, and sausage are bound to satisfy.
And if you've never tried andouille or filé seasoning - do yourself a favour and give it a try. They're both regionally specific to the southern USA (in fact, andouille uses filé powder), but they really shouldn't be. The fact that every person hasn't had a southern American meal baffles me and makes me incredibly sad for their palettes. So just do me a solid, trust me, and make this as soon as possible. You'll thank me.
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