We all have lots of recipes for chicken wings to serve as appetizers, but how about some new ways to use chicken in your appetizers and little bites? I’ve been working with Sanderson Farms (disclosure: I am compensated for my work with them) for a few months now and am happy to use their 100% natural chicken. While I love so many classic appetizer recipes, most of them are not the healthiest. By using chicken instead I can make them just a bit healthier but still incredibly delicious.
Hubby and I actually are not going out on New Year’s Eve, but when I asked him what he wanted to eat that night he still wanted all the yummy appetizers. I tried out three different chicken appetizers the other day as a trial run and we both loved them all. We will be having these along with several other finger foods to celebrate here at home. I’m sharing the recipes I made plus a few extra below that I didn’t make this night but I have made in the past.
You really can mix these recipes up and use the cuts of Sanderson Farms chicken that you like and add any extra spices or ingredients that you like or remove anything you do not like. There are no food police that will come knocking if you change things up to suit you and your family. Promise.
Here in St. Louis crab rangoon is super popular. Honestly, not all places even use crab in it, instead they use just the cream cheese filling and a few other ingredients. This is one of my favorite dishes but today I thought I would try making them at home with Sanderson Farms chicken instead of crab meat. Hubby and I were both really pleased in the flavor of what I came up with. I baked my chicken rangoon, but you could deep fry or air fry if you like as well.
Greek Chicken Skewers
We love the flavors of Greece and make Greek chicken all summer on the grill. For an appetizer I wanted to bring in some of those same flavors so I opted for a skewer with marinated chicken, feta cheese, olives and peppers. Look for a mixture of marinated feta, olives, and peppers in your grocery store deli to save lots of time and impart more flavor.
Mini Chicken Parmesan Bites
I love chicken Parmesan (although I prefer veal Parmesan actually). These little bites of Mini Chicken Parmesan really are easy to make and a sure fire hit for any crowd. You can use any red sauce that you like, homemade or store bought. I used a mixture of Italian cheeses that were pre-shredded to save time. You could also use a bit of fresh mozzarella and freshly grated or shaved Parmesan if you would prefer. Easily serve these on a platter or small plates with small appetizer forks or toothpicks for the guests to easily pick up and eat.
More Chicken Appetizer Ideas…
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
This was new to me but my DIL Caitlan wanted to make some to take to her family holiday party. It is very simple to make, one of those throw it all in type of recipes. Serve with toasted bread, celery sticks, carrot sticks or chips. You can make this in the oven and make for about 20 minutes at 350° or you can put into a slow cooker. Mix together about 2 cups of shredded cooked Sanderson Farms chicken, 8 ounces of cream cheese, half a cup of ranch dressing, half a cup of crumbled blue cheese (or cheddar cheese is great too), and half cup of your favorite hot sauce – we use Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce.
- Mini Waffles & Chicken with Spicy Maple Dipping Sauce
This is a hot food item right now and so easy to make. I use frozen Eggo mini waffles. Instead of cooking them in the toaster I use the oven. For the chicken cut Sanderson Farms chicken breasts or thighs into bite sized pieces. Bread the chicken pieces by dunking in an egg and then into some seasoned panko bread crumbs. You can pan fry the chicken or bake in the oven – your choice. Top each waffle with a piece of the cooked chicken and serve with the spicy maple syrup which is just a cup of your favorite maple syrup mixed with 1/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce. Heat the sauce ingredients up and serve with the chicken and waffles for dipping.
- Chicken Taco Cups
Use either Sanderson Farms boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. You can do a small dice or mince even finer if you prefer. Cook with your favorite taco seasoning. Use Tostito scoop chips and place a bit of the cooked chicken in the bottom and top with a bit of salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and any other taco toppings you like.
Which of these chicken appetizers sounds the best to you? Do you have any other chicken appetizer recipes you wish to share?