When the Super Bowl, March Madness or the World Series are on TV, I don’t pay attention to the game. There’s only one thing that gets my full attention and that’s the snacks. And what’s a game day without chicken wings, tenders and sticks?
Of course, these chicken bites have a life outside the arena. Serve up a platter of chicken meatballs for a holiday happy hour or whip up a batch of chicken nachos for a casual get-together with friends.
Our best chicken starters
1. Greek Chicken Meatballs
Every Christmas party needs a meatball appetizer; They’re usually Swedish meatballs, but we love this swap – chicken meatballs tossed with dried oregano, dried mint and crumbled feta. They are served with, what else but a Greek yogurt sauce.
2. Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings with BBQ Sauce
Nearly a dozen dried spices (you probably already have most of them in your pantry) are mixed together to create a dry marinade for the chicken wings, which are roasted in the oven and served with homemade barbecue sauce (yes , you can).
3. Chicken Meatballs
These simple Molly Yeh potstickers are so beloved. The wraps are made with homemade dough, but it’s easy to make and even more satisfying than store-bought wraps.
4. Mark Bittman’s Minimalist Buffalo Chicken Wings
Most Buffalo wing recipes call for frying the meat, but it’s messy and potentially a fire hazard. Instead, we present to you this: Genius Grilled Chicken Wings tossed with homemade Buffalo Sauce (only hot sauce, butter, vinegar, and garlic).
5. Super (Bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos
It’s the MVP of chicken hors d’oeuvres, the one for large gatherings with hungry diners. We love it because, in addition to being super user-friendly, it’s customizable with your favorite nacho toppings.
6. Red curry chicken fingers with crispy onion breading
Pump up the flavor of chicken fingers – one of our all-time favorite chicken appetizers – by dipping them in yogurt and Thai red curry paste, then rolling them in panko and fried onions. “They’re cooked on a griddle with butter and oil, an easier, faster, and less messy way to batch fry them on the stovetop,” writes recipe developer EmilyC.
7. Malaysian satay with peanut sauce
The key to a great chicken satay is the char, which is responsible for both the texture and the flavor of the meat. Spicy and savory peanut sauce for dipping doesn’t hurt, though.
8. Tuscan Chicken Liver Crostini (Crostini di Fegatini)
“Classic Tuscan antipasto wouldn’t be complete without crostini di fegatini,” writes recipe developer Emiko Davies. It’s a savory chicken appetizer that will have your heart racing all the way to Italy and back.
9. Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins
Two game-day entrees—buffalo chicken wings and loaded potato skins—in one bite? Yes please!
ten. Persian grilled chicken skewers
The secret to these chicken skewers is a saffron-yogurt marinade that gives the meat a sunny hue, lots of tenderness (thanks to the yogurt cultures), and a subtle floral flavor.
11. Chicken Gyoza with Yuzu Dip
These dumplings are pan-fried, then steamed for the perfect appetizer; you can even make them ahead of time and freeze them to save time in the kitchen before serving.