Honey Chicken Salad Cups Party Appetizers

This Honey Chicken Salad Cups recipe makes a wonderful bite sized party appetizer that’s great for any occasion. Serve them for showers, holiday celebrations, and ladies luncheons. Add this to your list of easy party appetizers for girl night in too. You can make ahead the filling mixture and then fill the cups just before company arrives.

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Chicken Salad Recipe for Parties

This honey chicken salad recipe is so versatile it can be served in a variety of ways as an appetizer or an entrée.

I’ve been making these appetizer cups for years and they’re always a hit. The recipe is pretty classic with honey, dried cranberries, pecans and celery.

And check out how cute they look displayed on a tray with fresh flowers and greenery. Now that’s a recipe for stylish entertaining!

This party food has it all. Savory, sweet, and crunchy all served in a flakey pastry shell. Not only is this chicken salad delicious as a filling, it can also be served as a main course for a light luncheon. 

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Easy Honey Chicken Salad Cups

When I’m in a rush I’ll serve these in phyllo cups from the freezer section. But when I have the time I’ll make these pastry tartlet shells using refrigerated pie dough.

I bought this set of tartlet molds (affiliate link) many years ago and I love how they elevate the presentation of food with their cute shapes.

When to serve them

What makes these one of the best party appetizers? You can serve them for ANY occasion!

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How to Serve Chicken Salad

Here’s a list of “cups” that you can use to hold the salad mixture, as well as other ways to serve it.

  • Phyllo cups found in the freezer section
  • Puff pastry shells found in the freezer section
  • Refrigerated pie dough shells that have been formed in mini muffin tins or tartlet tins
  • Cucumber cups (like these here)
  • Wonton cups (see how to make them here)
  • Add it to your bagel bar brunch
  • Bibb lettuce cups
  • Tortilla wraps
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honey chicken salad cups recipe

Honey Chicken Salad Cups

Yield: 30 appetizers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Honey chicken salad cups are a wonderful bite sized party appetizer that's great for any occasion. Make the filling mixture ahead of time and then fill the cups just before company arrives.


  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup diced celery (about 2 celery ribs)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or Craisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 Packages frozen Filo Shells or pastry shells


  1. Combine chicken, celery, cranberries and pecans together in a medium size bowl.
  2. Whisk or mix the mayonnaise, honey, salt and pepper together in a smaller bowl, then pour over chicken mixture and combine well.
  3. Cover and chill for 2 or more hours.
  4. Follow the package directions to heat phyllo shells just to crisp up. About 5 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve, fill shells with chicken salad.

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