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15 Chicken Appetizers For Every Occasion

15 Chicken Appetizers For Every Occasion

Whether it’s game day, game night, or any gathering in between, these chicken appetizers are going to really hit the spot. 

Chicken is versatile, cooks pretty fast, and is easy to find at the grocery store. It’s one of the best ways to make hearty snacks and delicious appetizers.

Take a look at some of these delicious, easy chicken appetizers for inspiration when you are looking for your next platterful of yummy starters.

Looking for something a little more sustaining than appetizers? Try these 27 Recipes That Use Leftover Chicken!

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Ranch Bacon Dip

Bacon alone is already too darn good, and when you pair it with chicken? 

What more could you ask for?

This chicken ranch bacon dip is one of the best shredded chicken appetizers as it’s bound to impress a crowd with its versatility, tangy flavor, and creamy texture. 

Perfect for game day and Thursday TV binge-watching, this dip can be made ahead of time and in a crockpot. 

You can give it a spicy touch by adding cayenne pepper, buffalo sauce, Pepper Jack, and some diced jalapeños.

Serve with homemade tortilla chips, pita chips, chunks of good bread, those tiny toasts, or a veggie tray.

2. Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

Rolled up and deep-fried to golden brown perfection, these cream cheese and chicken taquitos pair well with your Mexican favorites such as Cilantro Lime Ricesalsa, quesadillas, and tacos. 

True, they take a bit of effort to prep, but when you make a lot of them—you don’t need to make other extra appetizers because everyone goes wild for these taquitos!

And since you can make them a day or two ahead, they’re actually a very practical recipe to make you’ve got some busy days ahead. 

Mix up the filling and cover until you are ready to roll up and fry.

3. Bang Bang Chicken

If there’s a certain dish that can set your dinner party off with a bang, this is it. Behold, bang bang chicken!

The highlight of this recipe isn’t the chicken but the homemade bang bang sauce made from mayo, chili-garlic sauce, sriracha, and honey.

Serve the chicken over spinach or other leafy greens, alongside extra bang bang sauce, pair it with some beer or cocktails. 

4. Applebee’s Chicken Wonton Tacos

Who says wontons are only delicious in soups?

This quick and easy appetizer uses the popular Chinese dumpling wrappers, which are baked to golden brown perfection then filled with chicken mixture and garnished with Asian-inspired slaw, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, and sesame seeds. 

You can make these in less than an hour, but the recipe only serves four. 

Grab a kitchen helper so you can double or triple this recipe so you have enough crispy indulgence for everyone. 

5. Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

Taking on the flavors of the popular dish chicken cordon bleu, this appetizer is easy to serve and fun to eat. 

But the best part? You can pull it all together in less than 30 minutes!

These bites have a nice crunch from panko bread crumbs and a cheesy surprise of melted Swiss cheese placed on each chicken bite. 

Serve these at your next game day along with the zippy mustard dipping sauce and expect everyone to give you a big round of applause.

6. Sweet Chili Chicken

This no-fuss chicken appetizer takes only 25 minutes from start to finish.

The satisfying crunch of sesame seeds and the refreshing taste of cilantro blend well with Thai sweet chili sauce and deep-fried chicken. 

Turn it into a hearty meal by serving the chicken over steamed rice. Enjoy!

7. Buffalo Chicken Tenders

These buffalo chicken tenders are one of my favorite chicken appetizer recipes on the web. They’re juicy and addictingly crispy. Oh-la-la!

The chicken is made with classic buttermilk, deep-fried, then soaked and dunked in the homemade buffalo dipping sauce and ranch dressing.

8. Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs

For sure, you’ll lick your fingers when you eat these Mediterranean chicken meatballs!

Ground chicken, panko, egg, feta, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and dried herbs are combined to make this incredibly flavorful and moist appetizer. 

What’s more, you can make these meatballs a satisfying meal by serving them on salad, over rice, or in pita bread. 

9. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bites

This chicken finger food has a blend of sweet and spicy flavor coming from the special 5-ingredient sauce. 

The best part? They’re completely dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo. Now, we’re talking!

Serve it as an appetizer at your party and don’t be surprised to see everyone grabbing one until the plate is empty. 

It’s a total crowd-pleaser, really.

10. Crack Chicken Crescent Bites

Bacon is the highlight of these crescent bites that feature chicken, cheddar, and ranch dressing. 

The chicken filling is stuffed into the crescent rolls and baked until golden brown then served with some extra ranch for dipping. Yum!

Great for parties, game day, lunch, or even dinner, this recipe can mix up ahead of time.

Whip up the chicken mixture, store it in the fridge, then just assemble the crescents when you’re ready to bake them!

11. Baked Buffalo Chicken Sliders

When you add shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, coleslaw, and ranch to sliders, the results are outstanding!

Serve these baked buffalo chicken sliders to your guests and these are sure to leave a good first impression before the dinner even starts. 

If you’re a big fan of buffalo flavor, don’t miss this one.

12. Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Looking for easy chicken appetizers? These pineapple teriyaki chicken meatballs should get you started!

The tropical flavor of pineapple melds beautifully with the texture of panko breadcrumbs and the texture of the ground chicken. 

But it doesn’t stop there! 

These meatballs are coated with refreshing teriyaki sauce made from pineapple juice, sugar, soy sauce, and seasonings.

13. Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs

Chicken appetizers for parties? 

Start makin’ these spicy chicken cheese balls!

You don’t need to be a pro cook to whip up these balls and they’re actually straightforward to put together.

Simply mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, form them into small balls, prepare the baking sheet, then bake until golden brown!

What’s more, this recipe can be made ahead so you don’t have to worry when you’re short on time to prep your main entree.

14. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

Everything’s better with the bacon and chicken skewer recipe is no exception!

Apart from bacon and chicken, this savory appetizer requires a few tablespoons of BBQ sauce, which you probably already have on hand. 

No wooden skewers? Don’t worry

This bacon-wrapped chicken can also be made without the skewer. Just place bacon-wrapped chicken onto the wire rack the same way and you’re good to go!

15. Creamy Chicken Salad Bites

Creamy, refreshing, and truly scrumptious, who would believe that this appetizer is made from less than 10 ingredients?

You heard it right!

The chicken mixture consists of cooked chicken, grated eggs, cheese, tomato, parsley, mayo, and ranch. 

Apart from crackers, the chicken salad mix works great when topped with bread or as a filling in a quesadilla, in pita bread, or lettuce leaves.

If you’re looking for cold chicken appetizers, this recipe is for you!

The bottom line

We are huge fans of small plates, starters, appetizers—whatever you want to call the finger food and tiny, delicious nosh you find at parties or before the main meal starts. 

Want even more appetizer recipe ideas? How about these 35 Italian Appetizers. Or, lighten it up a bit with these 13 Celery Appetizers.

In fact, if you love apps as much as we do, give the whole list a spin. Enjoy the trip down our appetizer rabbit hole!

Let us know if you found your new favorites.

15 Chicken Appetizers For Every Occasion

15 Chicken Appetizers For Every Occasion

Looking for chicken appetizers? Look no further! Between chicken taquitos and chicken cordon bleu bites, you’re set, chickie!


  • Slow Cooker Chicken Ranch Bacon Dip
  • Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos
  • Bang Bang Chicken
  • Applebee’s Chicken Wonton Tacos
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites
  • Sweet Chili Chicken
  • Buffalo Chicken Tenders
  • Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs
  • Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bites
  • Crack Chicken Crescent Bites
  • Baked Buffalo Chicken Sliders
  • Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
  • Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs
  • Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Skewers
  • Creamy Chicken Salad Bites


  1. Pick five appetizers on the list.
  2. Make three of them for your upcoming party. 
  3. Tell us your experience serving these appetizers.

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