Chicken Appetizers: Chicken Bacon Ranch Bites
My kids absolute favourite pizza is this flavour combination but with the holidays coming I wanted to have something a little more entertaining-worthy than ordering pizza. With chicken being our go-to meat, these easy chicken appetizers with a combination of Chicken Bacon Ranch in a bite was the perfect match.
Let’s be honest, when friends and family pay a visit you don’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen. I personally look for easy appetizers that I can put together in a short time producing a large amount because you know with chicken appetizers like these, they won’t last long.
Chicken Appetizers – Flavour
You don’t just want the recipe to be easy; the appetizer has to be one everyone will love. I may have eaten a meal-sized portion of these appetizers myself. Cough. It starts with quality chicken, a few complimentary delicious ingredients, like cheese and more cheese, and you end up with the bomb of all chicken appetizers. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be that good.
For the pastry, I used store bought large croissant dough and cut it to size to double the amount. A batch of this filling should easily make 2 cans of croissant dough/32 bites. To make it even quicker, you can make this up ahead and freeze the uncooked bites to pop in the oven when company comes. No need to thaw but you will have to cook the bites a bit longer, I’d guesstimate about 20 minutes instead of the 10-12 in the recipe but use your judgement. The meat is pre-cooked so it’s really just to reheat and cook the dough.
Being from Canada, I make sure to look for the Raised by a Canadian Farmer because I like to know the chicken I serve is only of the best quality. The label is the seal of certification that tells me this chicken is raised in Canada by farmers dedicated to producing unmatched quality chicken, meeting the highest nutrient, food safety and animal care standards.
What can you do as a consumer?
Canadians, if you’re buying chicken, keep your eye out for this Raised by a Canadian Farmer logo to ensure you are purchasing quality chicken that you feel comfortable serving your family. If your grocer doesn’t sell chicken with the logo, I encourage you to ask your grocer to stock Raised by a Canadian Farmer certified chicken.
Chicken Farmers of Canada is an association of over 2700 chicken farmers in Canada who are dedicated to raising the high quality chicken we all know and love.
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Holiday Entertaining Guide
Through to the new year I will be sharing several delicious dessert and meal (or appetizer) recipes to help you entertain guests and family through the holidays in my Holiday Entertaining Guide. This recipe is part of the Holiday guide; make sure you check back for other new delicious recipes.
- 2 cans Pilsbury Large/Grand Croissant Pastry
- 6 slices thick bacon
- 2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
- 1 8oz block of cream cheese
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1 package ranch dressing seasoning (powder not liquid)
- Ranch dressing (optional)
- Hot Sauce (optional)
- Parsley for garnish (optional)
- In a medium skillet, cook chicken breasts until cooked through. Let cool completely and chop into small pieces.
- In a medium skillet, cook the bacon slices until almost crispy, drain and pat the grease dry with a paper towel. let cool completely.
- In a large bowl, mix cooked chicken and bacon, cream cheese, mozzarella and ranch and mix thoroughly.
- Cut each half of the pastry into 8 triangles, total of 16 per can.
- Fill a pastry triangle with approximately 1 tbsp of the chicken filling mix, folding the dough over and under to seal the appetizer bite, place on a baking sheets lined with parchment paper 1" apart. Repeat until all 16 from each can (total of 32) are done.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F. for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm with buffalo ranch dipping sauce (optional) - ranch dressing with a few drops of hot sauce to taste.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, brought to you by Chicken Farmers of Canada. All opinions are 100% my own and that of This Lil Piglet. Recipe creation is copyrighted by Stacey Martin of This Lil Piglet.