This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
Chicken Kyiv is a смачний (delicious) dish. How have I missed it all these years?
Chicken Kyiv In Kyiv
On my way back from my road trip, I made a stop at a friend’s seminary. I’m too tired to write about that now, but will combine the report tomorrow with a visit to his church and his home.
When I got back to the Hyatt, it was close to curfew and I was too late to eat in a restaurant. These days, most restaurants close across the city at 9:00 pm. Ukrainian nightlife is on hiatus with a daily 11:00 pm curfew. I did a quick walk around the block just as the clock struck 11:00 pm and the city was totally silent and nearly dark. Eerie indeed. Not a single person was out.
Thankfully, the Hyatt offers 24/7 room service and I ordered a “Chicken Kyiv” as well as a glass of fresh-squeezed apple juice.
Chicken Kyiv is a dish made of chicken fillet pounded and rolled around cold butter, stuffed with herbs and mushroom sauce, then coated with egg and bread crumbs, and fried (sometimes baked). Some call it suprême de volaille à la Kyiv.
My tray arrived with one large piece of chicken and a side of potatoes, cooked tomatoes, and sautéed onions.
I dug in. Verdict? Mouthwatering and delicious. So delectable! I love the strong taste of dill, which gave the whole dish such a pleasant flavor and the different textures were amazing.
If a hotel version was this good, I wonder how much better homemade Chicken Kyiv must be.
In any case, I look forward to trying to make it at home!
Any good Chicken Kyiv recipe you wish to share with me?