7 Make-Ahead Chicken Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Some people tune into the Super Bowl for the football, while many others celebrate the night for the food. Game-day snacks and appetizers are unrivaled, and they’re essential for a good party. Everyone has their favorite game-day foods, but if you’re planning on feeding meat-eaters, you should plan on serving chicken.

Chicken wings, chicken nachos, and chicken tacos are always the first to go at parties, and the finger foods starring chicken are not only easy to eat, they also can be simple to prepare. We’re rounding up seven recipes that will get your chicken game-day favorites on the table in no time. Prepare these hearty snacks before your guests arrive, and get ready to tune into the game, enjoy the commercials, and stay out of the kitchen.

1. Oven-Baked Chicken Wings

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No need to call for delivery — you can make chicken wings at home, and with only four ingredients. As long as you have chicken, hot sauce, butter, and salt, you can master The Kitchn’s recipe for oven-baked chicken wings. Making your own Buffalo sauce is messy but easy, and once you coat your wings in the good stuff, all you need to do is bake them for less than 30 minutes and you’re done. Serve your chicken wings with celery sticks and blue cheese, and your guests will surely appreciate your healthier homemade cooking.


  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Blue cheese dressing, to serve
  • Celery sticks, to serve

See recipe directions at The Kitchn.

2. Pulled Chicken & Grilled Corn Tacos


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This recipe from Food & Wine for pulled chicken and grilled corn tacos will also satiate your guests. The hearty tacos are packed with protein and fiber from the poultry and veggies, and you can precook your chicken in a crockpot, so all you need to do is shred it and then load your tacos. These tacos will bring some Mexican flavor to your Super Bowl party, and they’re another single-serving finger-food that guests can serve themselves and eat. This recipes makes 8 tacos so feel free to multiply depending on your party crowd.


  • 2 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced to a paste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1½ cups shredded roast chicken
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
  • Prepared tomatillo salsa, for serving

See recipe directions at Food & Wine.

3. Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Everyone loves Buffalo chicken dip, and this recipe from Taste of Home teaches you how to make your own. The dip is dangerously easy to make, and will take you all of 10 minutes to prepare. After your dip comes out warm and bubbly from the oven, serve it with your carb vehicles of choice. The dip is almost certainly tasty enough to eat with a spoon, but since it isn’t single-serving, crackers, chips, or bread slices are probably more appropriate.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained
  • ½ cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • ½ cup ranch salad dressing
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • French bread baguette slices, celery ribs or tortilla chips, optional

See recipe directions at Taste of Home.

4. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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These Buffalo chicken meatballs from Damn Delicious can also be prepared ahead of time in a crockpot. And better yet, they’re a healthier alternative to the aforementioned Buffalo chicken wings if you’re still maintaining your New Year’s resolutions. The meatballs are made with ground chicken, panko, garlic and onion powder, and an egg, and they’re dressed in a Buffalo sauce. They’ll cook in the slow cooker for 2 hours and then are ready to eat, paired with blue cheese. Serve your meatballs with toothpicks, and you’ll have another mess- and fuss-free snack at the ready.


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ¾ cup panko
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup Buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup blue cheese dressing

See recipe directions at Damn Delicious.

5. Slow-Cooker Spicy Chicken Nachos

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Step up your Super Bowl grub game with these spicy chicken nachos from Betty Crocker. Once again, you can prepare the greatness ahead of time, and it’s all thanks to the slow cooker. Even better, not only can you cook your chicken in the crockpot, you’ll serve the nachos right from it. Keep your nacho toppings warm in the crockpot for up to 2 hours by placing your machine on the low heat setting, and then it’s up to your guests to grab some tortilla chips and load the goodness onto their plates.


  • 1 loaf Mexican prepared cheese with jalapeño peppers, cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package frozen cooked chicken breast strips, thawed and cubed
  • 1 container sour cream
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  • 3 medium green onions, sliced (3 tablespoons)
  • Large tortilla chips

See recipe directions at Betty Crocker.

6. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

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This next Super Bowl snack featured on Food Network is almost too good to be true. Say hello to bacon-wrapped chicken bites, and say goodbye to your self control. This is game-day savory snack food at its finest, and these chicken bites cannot be missed. Luckily, there’s no reason they have to be, as the recipe only requires four ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time. You’ll top your chicken tenders with cream cheese and jalapeno before wrapping them in bacon, and then you’ll simply pop them in the oven for 20 minutes before they’re ready for the eating. The recipe makes 16 bites, so it’s up to you to determine whether that serving size will suffice.


  • 8 chicken tenders or breast cutlets, flattened and cut in half
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 16 slices bacon

See recipe directions at Food Network.

7. Chipotle Maple Shredded Chicken Sliders

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Ending on a high note, we’re concluding with this recipe for chipotle maple shredded chicken sliders from Whitney Bond. Make your chicken ahead of time in the crockpot, and you’re good to go. This sophisticated spin on chicken sliders will impress your guests and make them step away from the Buffalo sauce. The chicken is first coated in a mixture of chipotle powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, ginger, cinnamon, and salt before it is also dressed in a sauce of combined maple syrup, apple juice, chipotle in adobe sauce, and apple cider vinegar. The good stuff will cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high for 3 to 4, and then you can serve the chipotle maple chicken on Hawaiian sweet rolls topped with cheddar cheese, inviting your guests into chipotle chicken bliss.


  • 3 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1 cup Cabot cheddar cheese, shredded

See recipe directions at Whitney Bond.

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