Hosting a Dinner Party with Spinach & Almond-Topped Chicken

I’m participating in the Hellman Chicken Change Up Dinner Party challenge, so with that in mind, I hosted a small dinner party and made a delicious Spinach and Almond-Topped Chicken, putting a new twist on a simple recipe.

Hellmann’s®, or better known on the West Coast as Best Foods® Mayonnaise, transforms your chicken into a juicier, crispier, more delicious meal that your family or dinner guests will love.

Hosting a dinner party is fairly easy for me because I just don’t stress myself out like I used to.

Part of taking the fear out of entertaining is knowing ahead of time what you plan to cook. Anyone can make this recipe that I’m sharing today, and it’s for sure “company-worthy.”

My guests loved it. We talked about the simple, fresh ingredients, I made sweet potatoes for the side, but rice or quinoa would be fantastic, too. We also had a light salad and bread.

Sometimes I think we cook way too much food, or too many courses, and then the thought of “hosting” stops us dead in our tracks because it becomes overwhelming.

I say start with simple.

Chicken is usually a big hit with company. And when you add a twist to the recipe, like I did with Hellman’s, it tastes like gourmet!

Taking the stress out of entertaining is so important (and do-able). It’s like using a muscle–once you do it over and over, it becomes easier and easier.

What’s your stress level like when planning a dinner party?


Recipe: Spinach & Almond-Topped Chicken {}

Summary: A twist on classic chicken with Hellman’s mayonnaise and fresh spinach.


  • 3 Tbsp. Hellman’s or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped almonds
  • 4 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. plain dry bread crumbs
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.)


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken. On baking sheet, arrange chicken, then evently top with mayonnaise mixture.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8


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Hellmann’s sponsored my post today, but all opinions stated are my own.

8 comments on “Hosting a Dinner Party with Spinach & Almond-Topped Chicken”

  1. Dear Sandy,
    I made this yesterday, and it was delicious. My chicken still looked a bit pale, however. So, I am thinking maybe the next time I make this I will saute in the frying pan to give it a bit of color and then bake in the oven with the spinach/almond mixture on top. Very tasty! Thank you for giving me more encouragement and tools to extend hospitality to others!
    Shala Glennon

  2. Woe, great story Sandy. I really like the final result, this looks just perfect.

  3. Could not help but think of the last meal of the first class Titanic. It was12 courses and the reproduced meal cost $12,000! Yikes! That’s some stress! Seriously, the chicken recipe is now on my try next list. Thanks!

  4. Sounds like a great recipe, I’ll have to try it. There are a few items where brand matters to me when it comes to food. Best Foods is one of them. Nothing else will do!!! I’ve been a loyal fan for more years than I want to count.


  5. Hi Sandy,

    This looks like a delicious meal and I LOVE how you put little “scoops” of sweet potato on the side. You are so right – – – not going overboard on the side dishes really makes it a lot easier to entertain. Even at holiday time I don’t crazy. Three maybe four sides is all I do, and it always turns out to be enough. But one side for a dinner party is perfect.

    And oh how I love your idea of using mayo on the chicken. It must make it sooooo moist. I have to try this. I once saw a chef on TV does this with one twist – he mixed in a little vodka with the mayo, then lathered the chicken with it. Oh la la! ;-)

    Have a great week.


  6. That is gorgeous, so perfect for company. I wish I had some right now!

  7. My stress level depends on who is coming over ;)

    I love dinner parties, it’s fun to change things up at dinner time and socialize. My favorite type of dinner party is definitely in the spring/summer season and uses the grill!

    Great recipe Sandy!

  8. Another terrific recipes, Sandy. I make something similar with salmon. Love how the mayonnaise creates a creamy “sauce”.

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