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Oct 12, 2012 08:54 AM

Cold chicken appetizers?

I'm trying to scale back the menu of a large party we do every year. I like to have a platter of chicken out for the kids, but have found every year that I just do not have enough time or oven space to accommodate all the hot foods I serve. Any suggestions for something along the lines of cold chicken cubes that I could just set out with toothpicks?

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    1. re: monavano

      Exactly what I was going to say. I actually prefer it that way.

      1. re: CanadaGirl

        +2. Satay was the first thing that came to my mind. Although peanut sauce + kids I'm kind of paranoid about just because we have a few friends who have kids who are super allergic. Even if they know better than to eat it, I always worry about cross contamination.

    2. I never have enough oven space so one year I cooked the chicken cubed it and served with peanut sauce like for sate, zaziki and a thick cesar dip. People loved the variety if dipping sauces .For the kids I would maybe add ranch dip.Have fun. Juli

      1. You might also consider mini chicken meatballs. Same dipping sauces that juli mentions. Or marinara, or honey mustard.

        1. Consider serving a chicken galantine.

          It requires some skill to make this classical application, but it's elegant, can be prepared ahead of time and will certainly impress your guests!

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          1. re: biggreenmatt

            For kids? I think most would say "yuck".
            Toothpicks and dipping is where it's at for kiddos.

            1. re: biggreenmatt

              I'm curious as to how you'd serve chicken galantine as an appetizer.

            2. as nemo said I was also going to suggest 'hot' (sorry I know you're asking for cold) meatballs used with long toothpicks in smaller crock pot on counter.
              also mini chicken salad sandwiches or cracker toppers.
              mini lettuce wrapped chicken cubes

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              1. re: iL Divo

                You know, I was thinking room temp on the meatballs. Maybe not a good idea?

                I like your chicken salad suggestion. Maybe in those little phyllo cups.

                1. re: nemo

                  well the OP has not got excess room in oven for hot stuff.
                  I have a 2 qt crock pot-they stay hot and don't take up much room on counter.

                  1. re: nemo

                    the new silicone baking sheets come in all sizes for all uses.
                    I saw one yesterday at a charity shop that had 24 indents in a mini bundt pan design for lack of better explanation. you could cut small squares or circles of phyllo or puff pastry-plop in-bake off and stuff-great idea

                    1. re: iL Divo

                      You can buy the phyllo cups in the frozen section. A little expensive, but a great time saver.

                      1. re: nemo

                        yep good tip.

                        there are cooks like our beautiful daughter and there are cooks like me.
                        different strokes.

                  2. re: iL Divo

                    Chicken salad in lettuce cups is great for kids.
                    Or a chicken, noodle, veg stir fry in mini Chinese takeout containers

                    I love the idea of chicken cubes with dipping sauces.
                    On another thread someone mentioned ice cube trays as dip holders. Maybe give each kiddo an ice cube tray. No double dipping and kids love anything with compartments

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      I am leaning toward chicken cubes with sauces, but we have about 50 kids at this party every year so the ice cube trays probably wouldn't work out for this! Will have to save that idea for a smaller party.