On tonight's Mad men season premiere, Don Draper and his dinner date at the now defunct Jimmy's La Grange ordered Chicken Kiev, for which they were instructed to wear bibs and cautioned/encouraged by roué Roger Sterling – "Butter squirts everywhere."
Not an incorrect assumption, seeing as there's a goodly quantity if the stuff involved in the making of the dish. We dig Mel Marshall's rendition from 'The Perfect Host: A Husband's Guide to Home Entertaining.'
8 whole large chicken breasts
Several hours in advance of cooking, skin the chicken breasts and place 1 breast at a time between sheets of waxed paper, then pound gently with the smooth face of a meat mallet or the flat of a cleaver to flatten them. Put the breasts in the refrigerator to chill.
Combine all but 2 Tbsp of the butter with the Kirsch and pepper, form the mixture into 8 rectangles of equal size, about 1/4 inch thick, and put on waxed paper or foil and freeze until hard.
When ready to cook, put a piece of the butter on each breast, fold the meat over and secure the edges with small skewers or cocktail picks. Run each breast with flour, dip in the egg then roll in breadcrumbs.
Melt the reserved butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, brown each breast on both sides, transfer to a shallow baking pan and cook uncovered in a preheated 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Remove the skewers just before serving. Serves 8.
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