A fellow blogger made me aware of an exciting challenge set by British Turkey and Red Tractor #RedTractorPoultryChallenge, it was a challenge to create a delicious recipe using at least three Red Tractor vegetable products and a British Poultry product. Well using these products was not going to be the challenge in itself, I use Red Tractor products all the time from our local supermarket. The challenge was to create something, well, something a bit more challenging!
I saw this as the perfect opportunity to try my hand at kievs. I’ve not had kievs for ages now and don’t think I’ve even seen creamy peppercorn kievs in the free from isles so I kind of craved these even more so! Because we’re a dairy free gluten free family I had the additional challenge to make my creamy peppercorn kievs free from both these ingredients too. Boy do I love to make things difficult for myself!
The issue I had to get around was getting the pink peppercorn creamy sauce into my kievs, you see with normal garlic butter kievs you combine the butter, garlic and parsley and chill them in a sausage shape, cut out coins and stuff the chicken breast. I decided the only way to stuff my sauce into the chicken was icecubes!
Check out the recipe below, this may seem a bit of a faff but trust me, it is so simple as long as you prep in advance and make your cream-cubes a few hours before. Lewis wanted to help with the coating process so I let him coat a couple of the kievs, which goes to prove that if my 10 year old son can do it, so can you.
A recipe inspired by the #RedTractorChallenge and my craving for creamy peppercorn kievs! Trust me, this looks masterclass but it's simple as long as you prep.
- 2 tbsp dried pink peppercorns
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 100 ml boiling water
- 150 ml soya cream
- 4 large British chicken breasts
- 3 slices gluten free bread blitzed into fine bread crumbs
- 3 tbsp rice flour
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper to season rice flour
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 2 courgettes finely sliced
- 4 carrots finely sliced
- 2 large potatos I used large jacket potatoes finely sliced
- 100 ml soya cream
- 100 ml soya milk
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- vegan hard cheese to grate ontop
First you need to plump the pink peppercorns. To do this simply add the vinegar, salt and boiling water to the pink peppercorns in a small jug, leave for 1 hour until the peppercorns have plumped up.
Once plump, add the peppercorns to a small saucepan with the cream and heat with a teaspoon of rice flour to thicken. You'll only need to heat for 5mins. Add salt to taste.
Pour cream sauce into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 90 mins
Peel and prep all the veg, I used my blender to slice the courgette, carrot and potato, making sure I used the thinnest slice setting for the potato so everything cooked evenly.
Layer the veg in a greased oven proof dish, making each layer thick enough to benefit from the colours when you slice into it. Continue to layer until you have used all the veg with a sprinkling of red onion between each layer.
In a jug add the soya cream, soya milk, a crushed clove of garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over the veggie bake and cover with foil.
Start to cook the veggie bake in the oven it needs 40-50 mins in an oven at 180C/160C fan in total but you remove the foil for the last 10 minutes and grate vegan cheese over the top to brown.
Whilst your veggie bake is cooking start to prep you kievs. trim the chicken from any excess fat. In the largest end, insert a sharp knife and make an incision keep expanding the incision until you have a fair sized pocket inside the chicken breast. Pop 3-4 cream cubes into the breast and repeat until all your chicken has been stuffed.
To coat you need to cover the chicken breast with rice flour, dip in the beaten egg and coat in breadcrumbs, repeat so that you get a double coating to each kiev.
Heat a frying pan and flash fry each kiev on its top to aid it with a good healthy brown colour. Remove from frying pan and add to a roasting dish. Place in the oven with the veggie bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown. Some cream will escape, don't worry if this happens, it's a good indicator that your kievs are cooked through.
after 20-25 minutes you kievs and veggie bake will be ready, serve and enjoy!