Spicy Chicken Cups Recipe and 10 Party Food Tips for the Holidays

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Are you ready to party for the holidays? If you’re the party hostess, this might be harder to question to answer. Personally I love hosting an appetizer party. Appetizers are generally easy to make, and you can time them so that you don’t have to do all your prep work right before the party, which takes a lot of stress off you, the hostess. Today I’m sharing a delicious party food recipe that I love, and I have some party food tips to get you through the holiday season.

The key ingredient in today’s recipe is Tabasco.  We use Tabasco sauce nearly every day at my house.   My husband and son both enjoy adding it to sandwich meat, along with cheese and crackers.   But it’s not just a condiment! A little Tabasco also adds flavor to your party dishes.  I purchased all three varieties, Original Red, Jalepeno, and Chipotle, at Walmart.  They are located in the condiment aisle.

Tabasco at Walmart

These Spicy Chicken Cups are perfect for parties.  Made with only 5 ingredients, they are an inexpensive recipe to make, as well as an easy and quick fix, at 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.  It’s also a finger food that can be enjoyed by your guests without the mess.

 

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We actually had a last minute, “mini party” last  weekend, and I decided to throw these together for that, and I’m happy to report that everyone enjoyed them.

Here’s a picture of the cooking process:

Making Spicy Chicken Cups

Spicy Chicken Cups

Spicy Chicken Cups

Ingredients:

3 teaspoons Tabasco Sauce (any kind)

1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)

1 can of chicken breast (12.5 oz) or 1 1/2 cups fresh chicken, cooked and shredded

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 package Puff Pastry sheets, thawed

Directions:

If using canned chicken, drain off the brother. (Otherwise you can use fresh chicken. Just stew it on the stove, and then shred it.) Place in a bowl. Then ad softened cream cheese in a bowl. (I usually microwave mine for a few seconds.)

Mix well. Then stir in cheddar cheese. Add 3 teaspoons Tabasco in any variety. (You may add more or less, depending on how hot you want your appetizers to be.) Mix well so that the Tabasco is evenly distributed throughout.

Take out your Puff Pastry. You will be using both sheets. The sheets come tri-folded. Cut each sheet along the fold lines, turning each sheet in to 3 strips. From there, cut each "strip" in to 3 pieces. After you've cut both sheets, you will have a total of 18 squares.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, and place on puff pastry square in each muffin cup. You should press them down, so the bottom of the pastry touches the muffin tin bottom, but the corners of the pastry should stick out.

Next scoop out a little chicken mixture on top of each pastry cup. (I used a cookie dough scoop and scooped 1 inch balls on to each one.) Place in oven and cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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What else can you do to throw a successful appetizer party?  Here are just a few of my tips:

1.   Make a menu plan.  This will help you to be organized and come up with strategies to make sure everything gets done on time.

2.  Have as many “make ahead” recipes and “ready to eat” foods on your menu as possible.

3.  Have at least one slow cooker food to serve.  Slow cooker recipes require very little prep work.  You just throw your ingredients in and let it do the work.  Some of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker include meatballs, cocktail weenies, dips, chili, and soups.  I have a large slow cooker and a small quart size cooker, and for parties, I always like to use both of these.

4.  Always have breads and crackers for your appetizer buffet.  Although I love servings things like the Spicy Chicken Cups or finger sandwiches, I find that people always want bread or crackers to go with other foods (like the meatballs and cold cuts I’m serving).

5.  Be sure that you have a good variety of items so that there is something for everyone, as well as a good mix of hot and cold items.

6. Always have at least one dessert choice and kid-friendly foods, if kids will be attending your party.

7. While we love homemade, don’t be afraid to serve “store-bought” food.  The bakery in our grocery store has a whole host of cookies and cakes that are just delicious!  And we often do take out for our chicken fingers and hot wings.

8. Think simplicity.  A meat & cheese tray requires very little time and effort to make. It requires no cooking, and it can be made ahead of time (even the the night before the party).  Other items you can serve, which require little to no prep work include: fruit and veggie trays, chips & dip, nuts, and mints.

9. Condiments, dips, and dressings are a MUST.  You should always have a few condiments on your buffet to compliment the foods that you are serving but also have other choices in your fridge.

 10. Last but certainly not least, as the party hostess, don’t forget to slow down, take a seat and actually enjoy some of the party food you made for yourself!

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 Do you like playing party hostess?  Do you have a tip to add to the list? Tell us in the comments!

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Comments

  1. I love throwing parties – but often forget to eat. That’s a great reminder. I love puff pastry and can’t wait to try this recipe soon! #client

  2. Oooohh yummy! I love this idea! I’m sure my guests would swoon! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks yummy! Plan to try this recipe soon!

  4. We always include some pre-made items like taquitos, corn dogs or something simlar for the one guest who may be hesitant to eat something homemade.

  5. Nicole Dz says:

    Awesome recipe for finger foods for entertaining for holiday parties, we love spicy recipes too!

  6. I love spicy foods! These look delicious!

  7. Keely Hostetter says:

    They sound so good! I will have to try them. Chicken buffalo dip is one of my favorites!

  8. These look totally yummy, but I’d probably omit the Tabasco sauce.

  9. Sonya Morris says:

    What an awesome treat! This would be great to serve when friends come over on New Year’s Eve.

  10. JD Northwest says:

    Condiments are key. Everyone likes to dress up their meal differently so having a variety of both savory and sweet toppings is always a winner.

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    Great tips!7tGhyoteYE70

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