When I think appetizers; I often think chicken! This plucky, juicy, adaptable bird brings health, flavor, and versatility to the party table—in the form of dumplings, nuggets, wings, puffs, and much more.

Here are ten delicious chicken appetizer ideas for your next holiday or special occasion…

1. Chicken Dumplings

This delectable chicken dumpling recipe puts a new spin on the traditional-style pork dumpling recipe served at Chinese New Year. It substitutes lean ground chicken for pork so the recipe contains less fat and is appropriate to kick off any weeknight or special occasion meal.


2. Chicken Puffs

These mini chicken salad sandwiches are surrounded by buttery-flaky puff pastry for a soft on the inside, crispy on the outside taste experience. You can also use Dijon mustard or oil and vinegar to kick the flavor up a notch with the chicken mixture.

3. Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

Sugar and spice and everything nice goes into these bitable little beauties on toothpicks, which are really quite simple to make and a huge hit at get togethers.

4. Panko Chicken Nuggets

This chicken nugget recipe calls for nuggets to be breaded in Panko crumbs, which produce a light-weight, crumbly, crispy, satisfying crunch! Serve up a platter accompanied by creamy Buttermilk Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing for dipping.

5. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Chicken wings can be a real time sucker when it comes to making them just right. Luckily, this recipe calls for the perfect amount of sweet and garlic-y flavors to make wings that will blow your guests’ minds.


6. Chicken Tostadas

These bite-sized chicken tostadas keep the party going with all those bright toppings including lean chicken breast, cilantro, salsa, mixed greens, refried beans and sour cream in mini flour tortillas. Oh, and don’t forget that Guac!

7. Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs are a great way to keep your healthy food streak going while still enjoying a little something extra. Serve with a creamy dipping sauce made with barbecue sauce and mayo.

8. Bruschetta Chicken Pizza

Put an twist on your chicken pizza by infusing it with sweet and tangy flavors of tomatoes, balsamic reduction and garlic. Layer your bounty of toppings on a thin-rolled crust and bake it up for something really different.

9. Chicken Barbecue Stacks

Let your guests get creative with these southern-inspired, assemble-your-own, chicken barbecue stacks. Just provide shredded barbecue chicken and cornbread griddle cakes then let them add their own toppings—from an assortment of sauces, tomatoes, red onion, coleslaw, and even, pickled okra or sliced jalapeño peppers.


10. Chicken & Sweet Potato Fritters

What happens when you start with a sweet potato and fry it up crispy-like and top it with a home made dipping sauce? Taste bud perfection!


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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