Prep 35 mins
Cook 20 mins
A very impressive cold appetizer. The color of the oranges and spinach really brighten up a buffet table. My guests loved this appetizer and devoured them all. Adapted slightly from a Creme de Colorado cookbook.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 3⁄4 cups chicken broth
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 lb fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and stemmed
- 8 cups boiling water
- 2 (16 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
- 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- 1⁄4 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
- Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
- In a 10-inch skillet, combine chicken cubes, broth, soy sauce and Worcestershire.
- Heat to boiling over medium heat; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is fork-tender (about 10-15 minutes).
- With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from broth and let cool slightly.
- Place spinach leaves in a colander.
- Pour boiling water over leaves.
- Drain and set aside to cool.
- Place a cube of chicken at stem end of a spinach leaf and wrap leaf around chicken so that chicken still shows on sides.
- Secure end of leaf with a wooden pick.
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- (Recipe can be prepared up to this point one day ahead.) To serve, place one mandarin orange at the end of each wooden pick.
- Serve with Curry Mayonnaise Dip (recipe follows).
- Curry Mayonnaise Dip: Blend all ingredients and refrigerate to allow flavors to mature.
Rather than doing this as an appetizer I made this into a tossed salad and served it for dinner. I really enjoyed this. The dip (dressing in this case) was very good and I used light mayo and sour cream. I didn't blanch the spinach but tossed it raw in a bowl and added arugula to the mix which was really good. I loved this as a salad and will make this again. Its a nice summer meal. Toasted almonds might be a nice addition to the salad as would lo mein noodles and serve with a good bread. I will be using this recipe as posted for my next cocktail party tho. Wonderful recipe, thanks so much for posting it.
I made these for a New Years dinner and really enjoyed them. They look and taste great and the curry dipping sauce really makes them! Even my daughter who generally hates spinach loved them. I think these taste even better at room temperature than cold. I made mine a day in advance and did the dipping sauce just before serving. I didn't have any broth, so I just simmered the chicken cubes in a nonstick pan with the soya sauce and worcestershire sauce, I think this may have left a slightly stonger soya sauce flavour on the chicken(which we like) so I'd probably do it that way again. Thanks for sharing this one, sbsbea.
The sauce is awesome!!! I had a huge challenge with the prep and use of the spinach leaves. After pouring the boiling water on them, draining, and rinsing-- I was left with a big, mushy mess. I had another bag, so tried it again with less than boiling water. Some of the leaves were mushy, some were still too crisp, and some were just right. I used the just right ones and omitted the spinach for 1/2 the platter. If there is a precise method to get just right spinach leaves, I would like to know-- as the dish is yummy and makes a very pretty presentation.