Holiday Appetizer Ideas Using BC Chicken

Date: November 28, 2017

When thinking about holiday appetizers, it is hard to not think about chicken because it is a plucky, juicy, adaptable bird that brings health, flavour, and versatility to the party table. At the British Columbia Marketing Board, we love swapping our favourite holiday chicken recipes with our consumers. If you are looking for some simple holiday appetizer ideas using BC chicken, here are a few of our favourite chicken appetizer recipes.

1. Chicken-Artichoke-Cheese Spread Gift Box 

Servings: 24

For this appetizer recipe you will need:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of artichoke hearts, drained and diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 4 green onions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper

Stir together all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Spoon the mixture into a straight-sided 9×5 inch loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover the pan and chill for 8 hours or freeze for up to one month. Once the mixture has been properly chilled, invert the pan onto a serving plate and remove the plastic wrap. Cut the spread in half crosswise and place one cut half directly on top of the other and smooth the sides in order to create a box shape. Serve with crackers or toasted French baguette slices.

2. Chicken Basil Meatballs 

Servings: 25

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1/4 cup of almond flour
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and prepping the ingredients (beat the eggs, dice the onion, and crush or mince the garlic). Once you have prepped the ingredients, mix together all of the ingredients except for the olive oil. Next, roll the chicken mixture or use a cookie scoop to form the meatballs.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. After the olive oil is hot, add the meatballs, cooking them for about 30 seconds on each side. Once the meatballs have been seared on all sides, transfer them to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the meatballs reach 165 degrees.

If you would like to learn more about cooking using BC chicken, check out the Nutrition and Recipes tab on our webpage.  The British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board is a non-profit organization that monitors and regulates the production and marketing of BC chicken. Stay up to date with the latest news by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.