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Chicken and Tangerine Crostini

Disclaimer: Thank you to Importation Navino Inc. for sponsoring this blog post. All recipes, wording and opinions are entirely my own.

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December is probably one of the most party-packed months of the year. With work events, friend celebrations, family dinners and even neighbourhood get-together’s, the social calendar can fill up pretty quickly. We all share the love during this festive time, which is why it’s my favourite holiday!

But back-to-back parties can mean more alcohol than I’m used to consuming. We’ve heard the rule to alternate between wine and water, but who wants to cheers a friend with a glass of the cold clear stuff?

So when I recently tried a selection of alcohol-free wines from the Montreal-based company, Importation Navino, I was impressed. It tasted like wine and was actually delicious! I knew it was the perfect blog topic, as I think we would all appreciate a bit more festivities- and a bit less slurring- at our upcoming celebrations.

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As someone who doesn’t drink heavily to begin with, I would love to have the option of sipping on something lighter at parties. Navino has a sparkling white called Pierre Zéro, from Domaines Pierre Chavin in France, which has fruity flavours like melon and peach, with a touch of floral. The bubbles makes it feel and taste more elegant, as the refined carbonation is a welcome change to the hard bubbles of other sparkling wines or soda pop.

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As a chardonnay, this wine pairs beautifully with my Chicken and Tangerine Crostinis. This appetizer has become a favourite in my house, not just because the ingredients can be prepped in advance, but because of the punchy flavours and the burst of freshness from the tangerines! They’re also relatively hearty, meaning they will help soak up any extra alcohol your guests have consumed and keep the party going until the wee hours of the night.

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Consider including an alcohol-free wine option at your next party.  Those who aren’t drinking (even though who are!) might appreciate something refined and festive like Pierre Zéro.

Yields about 16 crostini

Chicken and Tangerine Crostini
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Ingredients

    for the chicken
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dried tarragon
  • for the rest
  • 1 medium baguette, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • about 2 clementines
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place the chicken breast on a baking sheet and rub with the mustard and dried tarragon. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through and reads 165 F on a meat thermometer.
  2. For the crostini, brush the baguette slices with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the 350 F oven until lightly golden, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. For the sauce, mix together the cream cheese, mustard, honey, tarragon and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. For the tangerines, slice them very thin (a serrated knife helps) and carefully remove the peel. Set aside.
  5. When ready to assemble, spread each toasted baguette piece with a bit of the cream cheese mixture, top with a slice of chicken, a tangerine slice, and garnish with dried tarragon. Best enjoyed immediately.
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Best enjoyed with a glass of Pierre Zéro from Navino Importations.

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Navino Importations has a hand-crafted selection of alcohol-free wines- check out their website to find the right one for you.

  • This seems like a total refreshing bite! Not too heavy for once, perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

  • Colleen Milne

    Hilary, this is such a great idea for a party appetizer! It sounds delicious and looks so festive.

  • Earth, Food,and Fire

    Since my wife is nursing during thd holidays this year..non alcoholic wine is a great idea as an addition to parties.
    Now to play around and make a vinaigrette with non alcoholic champagne!

  • Britney Lentz

    This is amazing! Crostini has been on my list of recipes to try to make for SO LONG. It’s about time I tried my hand at it, thanks for the recipe! It will make a great New Years appy.

  • Sean Bromilow

    What a wonderful appetizer. Honestly, I tend to look past these so often – the sad truth is that most appetizers made with cream cheese tend to be pretty dull and uninspired. I’m sure you know the type I mean – cream cheese slathered on bread, plus one ingredient. Ta-da. But you’ve got some really amazing flavours at play here! Honey, dijon, tarragon, and of course the chicken and tangerine… it’s a wonderful sounding recipe. Thanks for renewing my faith in cream cheese 🙂

    • Thanks Sean! I was actually hesitant about including cream cheese at all because, as you mentioned, it’s pretty blasé, but the recipe just isn’t the same without it 🙂 It adds great dimension to the textural element of the dish.

  • Kiki Johnson

    Hi Hilary! This looks so appetizing! I love the idea of adding the tangerines and I am sure the flavours go incredibly well together! What a wonderful idea for New Years Eve!

  • This non alcoholic Sparkling wine sounds delicious! I don’t drink much now and you are right, sometimes I feel left out with my glass of clear water. The crostini look yummy – chicken and orange is such a beautiful and festive/wintery combo!

    • This sparkling is really quite nice, a bit sweeter so perfect to start the evening (or end the meal!) 🙂

  • Marisa Asmesini

    These crostini sound delightfully fresh and tasty and make wonderful appetizers! I’m from Montreal but don’t believe that I’ve ever come across these alcohol free wines before and I’m not much of a wine drinker so I will be sure to check them out😊

    • It’s available in most larger grocery stores (Metro, Provigo, iGA, etc)- they’ve got a variety of “brands” too. Let me know if you give them a try 🙂

  • Love the idea of these crostini – tangerines in all the things until they go out of season!

    • Totally!! We need to take advantage of the few fruits that are at their peak during our Canadian winters 🙂