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Recipes for English learning - Chicken Kiev

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Recipes for English learning - Chicken Kiev

Writing recipes help English learners in a lot of areas: Food related vocabulary, giving instructions, discussion of ideas - and having a meal together as a class! The following recipe is for Chicken Kiev with a follow up guide to the basics of writing and sharing a recipe. Cook together as a class and enjoy some good food while learning English!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 4 whole chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 4 ounces cheese (any sharp cheese) cut into strips
  • 5 ounces melted butter


  1. Pound chicken breasts until 1/4 inch thin
  2. Mix together in a bowl bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of oregano, crushed garlic, and pepper.
  3. In small bowl, stir together 4 tablespoons of melted butter, parsley and 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  4. Spread melted butter mixture across the middle of each chicken breast
  5. Lay a strip of cheese into the mixture
  6. Fold the edges of the chicken breast over and roll the chicken breast
  7. Dip each chicken breast into the melted butter
  8. Roll each chicken breast in the bread crumb mixture
  9. Place chicken breasts in a 9 by 13 inch baking pan
  10. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours
  11. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 425° oven for 20 minutes

Important Vocabulary and Measurements

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
Bake = cook in oven
Cook Time = time needed to cook meal
Cuisine = which country or tradition the meal comes from
Cup = 250 ml
Dip = put into liquid
Grated = in tiny little flakes
Mix = usually with dry ingredients, combining ingredients
Occasion = appropriate time or meal
Pound = beat flat
Prep Time = time needed to prepare meal
Refrigerate = put into refrigerator
Spread = put onto with a knife
Stir = usually with liquid ingredients, combining ingredients
Strip = thin, long piece
Tablespoon = 15 ml
Teaspoon = 5 ml
Type of Preparation = how to cook meal

Lesson Outline:

  • Start the lesson off with an informal discussion about food and eating. You might want to describe a visit to one of your favorite restaurants and describe what you age there. Comparative discussions about the differences between national dishes also helps students get thinking in the right direction.
  • Have students get into small groups of three or four students.
  • Ask students to use the worksheet and brainstorm on the various categories of food and things related to food.
  • Once students have completed the task, gather as a class and compare notes on the vocabulary generated. Alternatively, you can ask the students to get together in pairs and compare their work.
  • Using one of your favorite recipes (for example this Chicken Kiev recipe), discuss the important aspects of recipes: layout into 'ingredients' and 'preparation', the use of the imperative for instructions, and measurement issues
  • Ask students to breakup into small groups again and have them develop a recipe.
  • If time allows, ask students to prepare an entire meal giving a dish to each of the students to prepare by him or herself. After students have written the recipe, they can get together and discuss their work before presenting it to the class.
  • Ask each group to present their recipe to the rest of the class.
  • For those of you who want students to learn the difference between the metric system and the US system , I have included a conversion table.
  • One tip! It's best not to do this lesson immediately preceding lunch or dinner :-)
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Definitely would use the lesson outline!, Member Oregonlewis

I am teaching ESL for international high school students, and do want to introduce cooking, and this lesson outline is a great way to get them thinking in English about food. The Chicken Kiev sounds delicious, but unfortunately do not have a kitchen in the classroom and thus would do some simple American snacks like ants on a log, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana and peanut butter sandwich, etc... Definitely fun!

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