Who remembers that advertising slogan from 20 years ago? I couldn’t quite believe it when I googled to see just how long it’s been since the “Chicken tonight” adverts first started being played on TV – 20 years and that song is still reverberating around my head as if I’d heard it yesterday. For those who never had the joy of seeing these the first time round, here’s a quick sample to show you what you missed:
The reason that jingle came to mind is that I decided to attempt a M-friendly version of that other classic, Chicken Kiev. My reason? G read something in one of her books where the main character was sitting down to a dinner of Chicken Kiev and she had to ask me what the dish was. I realised that, as a result of the multiple allergies we deal with in our household, there are several meals I remember from my childhood that G and M have never had a chance to try. Chicken in any form is a meal they will eat, so I thought it might just be one they could both enjoy and something new to add to their repertoire.
As always, I searched around for an easy recipe and then converted it for the family’s dietary needs. I always keep any left-over bread crusts or pieces in a bag in the freezer as they are perfect for making into breadcrumbs. I’ve also used frozen wraps, which work similarly well when making crumbs and add a slightly different texture. Everything prepped, I coated the chicken breasts, popped them into the oven and kept my fingers crossed.
The finished dish looked delicious and both children commented on how wonderful dinner smelt as they washed their hands and came to the table. I served it with rice and a mixture of steamed vegetables the first time and with mashed potato (or sweet potato) the second time at G’s request. The chicken was beautifully succulent and the garlic butter oozed across the plates as the children cut into the Kievs. Both plates were quickly emptied and G and M have asked me to prepare it again soon.