the appetizer:

Spinach-Wrapped Chicken Bites are perfect do-ahead appetizers for your next party. From Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead.



Spinach-Wrapped Chicken Bites
with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

Serves 10 to 12

These succulent bites of cooked chicken wrapped in bright green spinach will be gone in no time, so plan to have plenty of them on hand, along with cocktail toothpicks for spearing. The prep requires a little bit of time, but the result is well worth the effort.

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 quarter-size piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • One 10-ounce bag baby spinach
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

1. Trim the chicken breasts of any fat and place them in a large sauteé pan with the broth, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and gently simmer the chicken until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in the broth.

2. Remove the chicken from the broth and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Discard the broth.

3. Place the spinach in a colander in the sink and pour the boiling water over it. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Lay a spinach leaf on a cutting board and place a piece of chicken in the center. Roll the leaf around the chicken and secure with a toothpick. Repeat until all the chicken is wrapped. Diva Do-Ahead: At this point, you can cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

4. Arrange the wrapped chicken on a serving platter and place the dipping sauce in a small bowl in the center. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Buy the Book  

Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead
A Year of Feasts to Celebrate with Family and Friends

by Diane Phillips
Harvard Common Press
Hardcover; 288 pages; $26.95
Softcover: $14.95
ISBN: 0-7645-5734-3
Information provided by the publisher.


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