Chicken Kiev with a creamy surprise!

4 boneless skinless chicken whole breasts
1/2 pound Explorateur or St. AndrJ cheese, chilled
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon finely-chopped garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
About 1 cup panko (prepared crumb coating available in Japanese markets)
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
4 nasturtium blossoms
1 bunch watercress

Skin and bone chicken breasts, removing all fat, sinew and tendons. With palm of your hand flatten each breast half on work surface. Holding a very sharp knife parallel to work surface, slit each half breast in two. Put fillets between two long sheets of wax paper, cut side up. Pound them with flat side of a heavy cleaver until almost transparent. Peel off top paper.

Cut cheese into 8 even sticks. Place 1 stick, slightly diagonal on each piece of chicken. Sprinkle with the herbs and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Carefully roll up each piece of chicken, completely enclosing cheese. Seal ends by tucking them in or pressing them together. Dust each roll lightly with flour, brush with egg and roll in panko crumbs. Fry in oil heated to 350/F until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels. To serve, arrange on a hot cloth napkin on a warmed serving plate and garnish with crisp watercress and a nasturtium.

Yield: 4 servings

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