15 Minute Chicken Salad Bites with Cranberries and Walnuts
These Chicken Salad Bites with Cranberries and Walnuts are the easiest little appetizers, and they’re ready in only 15 minutes! Just stir cooked chicken together with the Greek Yogurt dressing, and then spoon it into homemade wonton cups or purchased phyllo cups.
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Why We Love These Chicken Salad Appetizers
Let’s talk about these little chicken salad appetizers! Aren’t they adorable? Chicken, cranberries and walnuts mixed together and tucked into crunchy little cups. It is such a fantastic combination.
I got the idea for them from one of my old recipes, Sesame Chicken Wonton Cups. This time, however, I made the chicken salad much more traditional with a creamy base. I lightened it up with Greek Yogurt and added in tarragon (my fave!).
They’re the perfect last-minute appetizer to serve alongside other appetizers or a festive winter cocktail for the holidays.
Key Ingredients For This Recipe
- Greek yogurt- plain non-fat Greek yogurt is great here, although use reduced or full fat if you’d like.
- Mayonnaise- since this is a healthier chicken salad you’ll only need 2 tablespoons.
- Tarragon- I used dried tarragon but you can also use fresh.
- Salt– seasoned to taste.
- Boneless skinless chicken breast– I used 1 cup of chilled left-over cooked chicken.
- Celery– I love adding celery for crunch and freshness.
- Dried cranberries– these add a really nice sweetness to the chicken salad.
- Walnuts– I used chopped and toasted walnuts, but you can substitute pepitas in case of allergies.
- Chives- mixed into the chicken salad and used as a garnish.
- Mini Phyllo shells- you’ll need 24 thawed pre-made shells. You can also make homemade wonton cups instead.
- Black pepper– seasoned to taste.
How to Make This Chicken Salad Appetizer
Whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, tarragon and salt in a large bowl. Add chicken, celery, cranberries, walnuts and chives. Stir to coat.
Spoon a small amount of the chicken salad into the phyllo cups, dividing evenly among the cups.
Garnish with additional chives if desired and sprinkle with black pepper.
FAQs and Expert Tips
Store leftover chicken salad in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than four days.
If you choose to use frozen pre-made phyllo cups, then you’ve got that step covered already. Don’t assemble the cups ahead though. Instead, make the chicken salad the day before and store in the fridge until ready to assemble and serve. The homemade wonton cups can be made up to 2 days ahead. Recrisp in the oven for 5 minutes if necessary.
If you need a gluten-free option or simply want to know how else to serve the chicken salad, you can either place it on cucumber slices, gluten-free crostini or on endive spears or lettuce cups.
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15 Minute Chicken Salad Bites with Cranberries and Walnuts
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 24 cups 1x
These Chicken Salad Bites with Cranberries and Walnuts are the easiest little 15 minute appetizers! The creamy chicken salad is lightened with Greek Yogurt.
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- ¾ teaspoons dry tarragon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup left-over cooked chopped boneless skinless chicken breast, chilled
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 3 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts (sub pepitas for allergies)
- 2 tablespoons chives plus more for garnish if desired
- 24 thawed mini phyllo shells or home-made wonton cups
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, tarragon and salt in a large bowl. Add chicken, celery, cranberries, walnuts and chives. Stir to coat.
- Spoon a small amount of the chicken salad into the phyllo cups, dividing evenly among the cups. Garnish with additional chives if desired and sprinkle with black pepper.
Make-ahead: Make the salad up to 1 day ahead. The wonton cups can be made up to two days ahead. Store at room temperature in a plastic bag. Recrisp in the oven for about 5 minutes if necessary. Assemble just before serving.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 47
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 74 mg
- Fat: 2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 3 g
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Do you cooked the phyllo cups before the salad goes in?
They are ready to eat as they come out of the box, but I like to refresh/toast them in the oven a bit to crisp them up.
Could the recipe be made the night before and fill the cups right before serving ?
Yes definitely! Enjoy them.
What a perfect bite! While these would be great for an appetizer for a party or get together, I think I’d make these even just as an easy lunch for myself. Love how simple and tasty these are.
Thanks Jennifer. So glad you found this one. It’s so simple, especially when entertaining, because the chicken salad can be made ahead.
What a perfectly delicious bite!
Recipe looks great but your political comment was unnecessary –
I believe we should all lead with an open heart and assume positive intent. So I am assuming you are confused here and just hoping to give friendly advice. I posted this on Tuesday the 8th at 5:45. I was talking about election day anxiety, which is a bi-partisan affliction. I do not “get political” on this blog, and I am sorry if you feel wronged by my mentioning current events. Love your neighbor Trish. Hope you enjoy the chicken.
Right on Katie…..too much sensitivity to EVERYTHING nowadays!!!!
15 mins to make and 5 seconds to inhale!! They sound delicious!!
Yes! That’s pretty much what happened right after I took these pics!
Food > election/post-election talk. I absolutely love these wonton bites. I can picture myself sitting in a corner eating the entire platter. Beautiful, Katie!
I agree with your math! 🙂
Such a simple dish but perfect for entertaining. I love that it only takes 15 minutes to put it all together.
I totally agree that it’s always a win when a recipe is easy and good for guests! Thanks so much for coming by!
I would 100% love to indulge in these chicken salad bites vs. talking about the election, UGH 🙁 I’m actually HUGE fan of chicken salad and during the summer months, we eat it almost weekly as it’s my go to no-cook meal. I don’t know why I don’t think of it for winter. This must change!
I know, right? I don’t think of chicken salad in the wintereither, so this was kind of an epiphany for me as well. Hope you’re well my friend.
These look really adorable and delicious! I will definitly try them out! Yum 🙂
Thank you so much Martine!