Chicken Bacon Caprese Bites

These Chicken Bacon Caprese Bites are the perfect appetizer to add to your tailgate or football party menu. Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cup.

Football season has officially began and this calls for lots of tailgate and finger food recipes.  We love to watch high school, college and NFL games.  I serve the usual dips, subs, pepperoni rolls, cheese tray and chili, but I like to try new recipes also.   I had leftover rotisserie chicken one day and developed these Chicken Bacon Caprese  Bites.

I used rotisserie chicken from the deli but you could use a can of chicken breast or cooked chicken.  These are best served warm so they would be better at a party where they are served soon after baking instead of packing and taking to a stadium.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupAssemble the ingredients.

 

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupCombine the tomatoes, basil and vinegar.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupMix cream cheese and spices.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupStir in chicken and bacon.

Roll out crescent sheet.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupCut into 24 squares. Press a square into each cup of mini muffin pan.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupAdd chicken filling.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupTop with cheese.

chicken, bacon, caprese bites, appetizer, crescent dough, tailgateBake.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupRemove from pan and place on a cooling rack.

Top with tomato-basil topping.

Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cupArrange on serving platter.  Serve warm.

Chicken Bacon Caprese Bites
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Roma tomatoes (or 24 cherry) diced
  2. 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 teaspoon minced garlic, from jar
  5. 8 medium basil leaves, chopped
  6. 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  7. 1 Tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  8. 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  9. 1 cup cooked chicken, diced (rotisserie from deli is best)
  10. 1 can refrigerated crescent dough sheet
  11. 1/3- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 24 mini-muffin cup pan with no stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl, place the tomatoes, vinegar, salt, garlic and basil leaves. Toss gently to combine and set aside.
  3. In a medium size bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Stir in the bacon and chicken.
  4. Open crescent dough sheet and unroll onto a flat work surface. Press into about a 12 x 9 inch rectangle. Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut 24 even squares. Press each square into the bottom and up sides of a muffin cup.
  5. Spoon even amounts of the cream cheese-chicken mixture into each cup. (About 1 heaping teaspoon each.)
  6. Top each with equal amounts of the cheese. (About 1/2 teaspoon each). Press cheese down slightly into cream cheese mixture.
  7. Bake about 14 minutes or until dough cups are light golden brown. Remove from oven to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  8. Carefully remove each dough cup with a knife and place on cooling rack.
  9. Top with 1 teaspoon of the tomato-basil mixture and then arrange on serving trays.
  10. Serve warm. Yields 24 appetizer cups.
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Chicken-Bacon-Caprese Bites are perfect to add to your tailgate menu. Chicken, cheese and a caprese topping baked in a crescent dough cup.

 

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