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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.


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!

Back-to-back parties, although fun, can sometimes mean a bit of overindulgence. That can be dangerous if our poison of choice is alcohol. You’ve probably heard the suggestion to alternate between wine and water but it can feel lame to walk around a festive party with a glass of the cold stuff- even if it does have a few lemon slices thrown in.

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 little more festivities- and a little less stumbling- at our upcoming celebrations.


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.


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 morning.


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

Yields about 16 crostini

Chicken and Tangerine Crostini
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    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


  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.

Best enjoyed with a glass of Pierre Zéro from Navino Importations.


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