Appetizer Party Tips & Buffalo Chicken Bites

by Alli

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Have you ever wanted to have friends over for dinner, but were too nervous, inexperienced or intimidated to go ahead and do it?  Forget dinner!  Appetizer parties are all the rage! I’m going to show you an easy appetizer hack.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

First of all, let’s talk appetizers.  An appetizer party is a perfect way to ease your way into entertaining guests and you can host the bash before going out to a movie or a night on the town. Here are my appetizer party tips:

1.  The number of appetizers you serve depends on the number of guests.  For example:

If you’re hosting 8-12 guests, you’ll want to serve 5 appetizer selections.  For 25 guests, make it 9-10 appetizer selections.  For now, we’re talking about keeping it small, so I recommend no more than 6-8 guests for your first party and no more than 5 appetizer selections.

2.  Serve foods that are spill-proof, not messy and don’t require cutlery.

Remember this is an appetizer party.  When the cutlery comes out, it can quickly cross the line into a full-on dinner party.  Stay away from the forks.  Use cute picks, if needed.

3.  Keep the Decor Simple

I’m hosting a casual fall get together, so I use a pretty table runner and an easy fall centerpiece that I put together in minutes.  Add a stack of pretty dishes, napkins, glasses and you’re done.  Wait for Christmas to bring out the glitz and glam!  By then, you’ll be a pro at throwing parties!

Appetizer Party Tips & BBQ Chicken Bites

Helpful Hint: Be careful not to get too fancy when decorating.  I’ve thrown many parties over the years and my most successful ones have been casual and laid-back.  No one likes stuffy.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

4. Have great music playing softly in the background.

I, for one, hate pregnant pauses.  It can be the death of a party.  Music helps your guests relax and at least they have something to talk about.  “Hey, who wrote that song?”  “OMG – that song was THE SONG when I was in college.”  You get it.

5.  Now is not the time to try that complicated recipe that has 29 ingredients.

No, no, no!  Just the thought makes me nervous. Keep it simple.  My best appetizer recipes are semi-homemade.  My most popular appetizer, Buffalo Chicken Bites in Puff Pastry Cups looks so elegant and complicated.  Only you (and I and everyone reading this) will know how easy it is because I’m about to let you in on my secret.

Appetizer Tips and Buffalo Chicken Bites

Boneless Chicken Bites

I use Farm Rich Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Bites, frozen puff pastry cups, shredded cheese, and shredded lettuce.  And you don’t have to run all over town to specialty stores.  Walmart has everything you need.

BBQ Chicken Bites & Party Tips

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 package Puff Pastry Cups, frozen
  • 1 package Farm Rich Buffalo Chicken Bites
  • Grated Cheese
  • 1 package shredded iceberg lettuce

Instructions

  1. Heat the Farm Rich Buffalo Chicken Bites in the oven as directed on packaging.
  2. Meanwhile, bake the puff pastry cups according to package directions.
  3. Once the pastry cups have cooled, remove the center with a knife (follow the indented circle on top).
  4. Dice the chicken bites and mix with the package of Buffalo sauce.
  5. Fill the cups with chicken and top with shredded lettuce and cheese.

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Appetizer Tips & Buffalo Chicken Bites

Heat the chicken bites in the oven using the directions on the package.  Bake the puff pastry cups.

Farm Rich BBQ Bites

Once all the food is ready, cut the tops out of the pastry shells by following the indented circle.

Appetizer Party Tips & Buffalo Chicken Tarts

Once the chicken bites are cooled a little, I cut them into bite-sized pieces and mix them with the Buffalo Chicken sauce.  Then I stuff the puff pastries with the chicken, shredded lettuce and cheese.

Appetizer Tips & Buffalo Chicken Bites

For my fall appetizer party, I also serve Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms and a fruit and cheese tray.

Appetizer Tips & Buffalo Chicken Bites

See how easy my little party was to throw together?  And my guests loved my snack hack.  They thought it took hours to prepare, but in reality, it took mere minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Parties don’t have to be complicated to be fun!

Appetizer Tips

How would you use Farm Rich products to create your own snack hack?

 

 

15 comments

Jessica Harlow October 6, 2015 - 8:52 am

I completely agree that simple dishes are the way to go when it comes to entertaining! There are so many easy options to “dress up” and impress your guests with your menu!

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Savannah Miller October 6, 2015 - 9:14 am

I am always making my hubby Farm Rich products for football day! We just tried the BBQ chicken bites and LOVED them! We will have to check out the buffalo ones 🙂

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Terri Ramsey Beavers October 6, 2015 - 9:29 am

Those buffalo chicken bites look out of this world amazing. I’m not sure how I’d use Farm Rich in my recipes but I’m up for the challenge of finding out.

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Rena McDaniel October 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

These are all such great tips! I am one of those that get so nervous that I talk myself out of entertaining most of the time. I am wanting to have a get together around the holidays and I will definitely be using these tips.

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Carmen Perez (listen2mama) October 6, 2015 - 2:29 pm

What great ideas for these simple and quick appetizers. I have to start making some of my own for a get together I have coming up soon. Oh and I love those plates too!

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Lisa October 6, 2015 - 3:44 pm

The buffalo chicken bites look really good. And I agree, when hosting a party you have to keep things simple.

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Megan Elford October 6, 2015 - 4:30 pm

We have appetizer parties at least once a year, and we actually make it a pot luck. Everyone brings their favourite appetizers, and we serve it all buffet style. So much fun!

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Erlene October 6, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Your buffalo chicken bites are so cute. My oldest dd loves everything mini, so I know she would love this idea. And I’m with you on keeping things simple by using semi-homemade items when entertaining for the holidays.

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Mama to 5 BLessings October 6, 2015 - 9:10 pm

We love Farm Rich products. We eat them on the weekends when we want easy!

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Claire October 6, 2015 - 11:51 pm

I love appetizers and finger foods! Especially anything Farm Rich!

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Franc Ramon October 7, 2015 - 2:45 am

The buffalo chicken bites and the mushroom are excellent appetizer. It’s nice that it’s bite size and it’s not too overwhelming.

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NYC SingleMom October 7, 2015 - 5:15 am

I am big believer of simple, simple for when I have parties. I hate spending time in the kitchen rather than mingling with guests. I havent tried Farm Rich products. I will have to look for it and try your recipes. I also want to try it with brie.

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jacqui odell October 7, 2015 - 8:50 pm

This sounds yummy!! I bet my husband would really like the.

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Wildish Jess October 8, 2015 - 3:26 am

I’ve never honestly thought about how many appetizers I should cook before. This is a great reference for future parties!

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EL Mehdi October 21, 2018 - 2:52 am

I love the simplicity behind this creative idea.

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