A super easy, incredibly delicious dinner idea, this Chicken Kiev with a Twist is sure to put a smile on every face. 

Today is day 3 of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge in April. I tossed around a lot of ideas for the letter C, but decided to go with my tried and true favorite – Chicken.

Chicken Kiev with a Twist

I thought for a moment about doing a coconut chicken recipe, and then my kids reminded me that they love my Chicken Kiev with a Twist, so I went with that instead. I hope you enjoy today’s recipe.

Past recipes:
Letter A: Avocado Fries with Garlic Lime Chili Aioli
Letter B: Bacon Popcorn

Chicken Kiev with a Twist

I do have to tell you, I found it funny as we sat down to eat this meal. 

My observant daughter pointed out that everything but the green beans followed our Letter C theme – haha – Chicken Kiev, Corn and Crescent Rolls.

What’s just a tad odder than that, is that we made Caramel Coconut Cupcakes for dessert.

How did that even happen?

Chicken Kiev with a Twist

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Chicken Kiev with a Twist

Chicken Kiev with a Twist

Nicole Cook
A super easy, incredibly delicious dinner idea, this Chicken Kiev with a Twist is sure to put a smile on every face. 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 429 kcal


  • 6 chicken boneless, skinless
  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cups Panko
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoons paprika
  • cups buttermilk


  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, chives and garlic. Shape it into a 3-in. x 2-in. rectangle. Cover and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  • Flatten each chicken breast to 1/4-in. thickness using a meat tenderizer mallet or something similar.
  • When the cream cheese mixture is solid again, cut the cream cheese into six equal sized pieces. I usually place the cream cheese mixture in a plastic butter container (but you could even use an ice cube tray) and then I just slice them like I would a pat of butter.
  • Place one piece in the center of each chicken breast. Fold the short sides over the cream cheese piece and then fold long sides over and secure with a toothpick or two (or three in some cases).
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the panko, parsley and paprika.
  • In another bowl, place the buttermilk.
  • Begin by dipping each chicken “package” into the buttermilk and then coat it with the panko mixture.
  • Once you have each chicken thoroughly coated, place them into a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with the seam side of the chicken face down.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 425° for about 35-40 minutes or until the middle is no longer pink.
  • Remove the toothpicks before serving.


Calories: 429kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 23gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 834IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Looks yummy! I’m so glad I found another food site that’s doing the A-Z challenge, I actually found the challenge from you!! Thanks!!

    1. Tammi, I feel the same way, it was originally started by writers which is how I found it, and it hasn’t spread too far beyond that community yet, so I am super excited to know that I have a couple of food blogs that I influenced. Thank you so much for stopping by, heading over to you now.

  2. Yea!! I love finding food bloggers doing the challenge. I plan to include a few recipes along the way, too. I printed off this and can’t wait to try it. I did chickens for letter C too….just a different take 😀

    1. Adena, your chicken post made me literally laugh out loud, but only because you compared it to mine. haha! Love that you want chickens too. Look forward to seeing what you have for the letter D.

  3. Oh my goodness, that looks and sounds so good! This one is a keeper, for sure. Fun that almost everything ended up starting with C.

    I’m your co-host for the A-to-Z! If you didn’t get an email from me the other day, it may have gone in your spam box. Please feel free to contact me via my profile or reply to that email if you need anything or have any questions.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    1. Shannon, thank you so much for stopping by. I’m happy to hear that this event is so organized, it makes me 100% positive I will keep doing this.
      Off to go check out your blog and thanks for the compliment on the deliciousness. 🙂

  4. I love Chicken Kiev, and you make it sound so easy!

    Aurora Celeste

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