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For some, chicken is synonymous with boring dinner entrees – but just wait till you check out these apps.
When thinking of party appetizers, hosts typically want something that's both savory and filling. Well, party people, the perfect solution is to serve up bite-sized chicken dishes, because they're crowd-pleasing, easy to make and have lots of protein to keep everyone going all night long.
Here are our top 15 fave chicken app recipes:
1. Chicken Puffs
These little guys are basically tiny chicken salad sandwiches, but even better because they're served up in miniature homemade popovers that require just five ingredients.
2. Thai Chicken Salad Appetizers
These days, everyone's going fusion with their food. Incorporate the spicy, nutty flavors of Thai cuisine into the American classic chicken salad and you've got an app that will fly off the plate.
3. Buffalo Chicken Dip
If you're not down with the messiness – not to mention skin and bones – of buffalo chicken wings, try this dip instead, because it's got all of the flavors and requires just a fraction of the napkins.
4. Chipotle Chicken Drumettes
On the other hand, if you're down with things getting a little messy, you can try these spicy, sweet, citrusy wings, which are a tasty departure from the norm.
5. Jalapeno-Chicken Crescent Pinwheels
These apps are not only delish, but pretty as well. Just roll out some store-bought crescent rolls, layer on the flavor, slice, pop in the oven and you've got an awesome-sauce party snack.
6. Curried Chicken Salad Cups
If you've never tried curried chicken salad, you're missing out big time. Curry paste and chopped nuts put a totally killer spin on plain ol' chicken. Scoop the mixture into pre-made pastry cups for an ethnic treat you can just pop in your mouth.
7. Flaky Chicken and Bean Wedges
Display slices of this south-of-the-border spin on chicken pizza at your next bash along with some tequila-infused cocktails and lime-enhanced beers.
8. Super Chicken Nachos
As Beavis and Butthead once said, "Nachos rule." They sure do. But especially this version, made with chicken, avocado and gooey Monterey Jack cheese.
9. Mini Buffalo Chicken Pastries
Here's another option for those of you searching for a spin on played out buffalo chicken wings. These tiny pastries will look super impressive, but take just minutes to put together.
10. Herb Chicken Sliders with Raspberry Mustard
This gourmet version of a slider is perfect for daytime parties and showers, because it's pretty and will suit guests with more sophisticated tastes.
11. Crescent Chicken Pot Stickers
To add some Asian flair to your next get-together, whip up these savory, garlicky homemade pot stickers. They're a meal in one little pocket, and sure to beat any take-out joint.
12. Chicken-Ham Bites
These apps are perfect for those of you who are short on time, because you can bake your chicken and assemble the mini kabobs the day before your party.
13. Grilled Creole Chicken and Sausage Kabobs
Speaking of kabobs, this recipe puts a New Orleans twist on old school street food and combines chicken, sausage and peppers all dressed in a sweet, spicy sauce.
14. Spicy Orange-Chicken Charmers
Here's another great option if you're favoring Asian fare. These bites may be small in stature, but they're gargantuan in flavor.
15. Chicken and Olive Pastries
These apps are so cute you might not want to eat them. But eventually you'll give in to the salty, savory goodness of chicken, cheese and olives.