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Chicken & Insalata Caprese Party Picks

These stunning appetizers will be a hit at your next party! Combining the classic flavours of tomato, mozzarella and basil with briny olives and chicken makes a delicious bite that will impress your guests.
Serves: 16


16 party picks about 4 inches (10 cm) long
0.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), cooked
0.5 lb bocconcini (fresh mozzarella), light, 14% mf, 8 units per tub, drained
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup basil, fresh, minced
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
16 leaves basil
16 cherry tomatoes
16 black olives, pitted
2 cups mixed salad greens

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Drain water from fresh bocconcini and cut each ball into two so you have 16 pieces. Place in medium size bowl.

  2. Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper and minced basil to cheese. Toss gently to avoid breaking up the cheese balls.

  3. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into 16 uniform chunks about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square. Poach chicken in enough water to cover until cooked through. Remove from pan. Add chicken to the marinated cheese and toss. Refrigerate 1-2 hours, and preferably overnight.

  4. To assemble thread an olive, a cherry tomato, a chunk of chicken wrapped in a whole basil leaf and then a half piece of cheese (flat side down so they stand up). Make the rest of the party picks this way. To serve spread salad greens over platter and arrange skewers standing up. Serve extra marinade in the middle in a small bowl with a spoon.

Helpful Tip

You can be creative with the vegetables and herbs you use in the party skewers. Cucumber, small mushrooms and zucchini also work well. You can also use leftover cooked chicken.

Nutrition Info

Per 65 g serving Amount
Protein6 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate2 g
Fibre1 g
Sugar1 g
Cholesterol20 mg
Sodium80 mg
Per 65 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A8
Vitamin C4
Vitamin B63
Vitamin B123