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Chicken Appetizers with Micheladas for Some Game Day Heat

Serve these chicken appetizers and your party platter will be cleaned in no time!

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to focus on the next celebration in many homes – the Super Bowl game!

And what could be better for watching games when the weather is cold than a drink recipe and easy appetizers with just the right amount of game day heat?

The Super Bowl is a traditional time to show off your favorite party appetizers to friends. Last year, I made Skittles game day cheese balls and they were a huge hit. This year, it’s time for something more savory.

Spicy chicken is a favorite of my husband. As long as he has to tone the flavor down with a bit of liquid something, he’s happy. 

Chicken wrapped in bacon on a plate with bloody Mary drink and words Game Day Heat - Michelada and Chicken Bacon Appetizers,

I often spice up ordinary chicken breasts with a spicy rub. (See my recipe for herb crusted chicken baked in the oven. It’s another great recipe.)  But for today, we’ll be making some spicy party appetizers.

These Micheladas and bacon wrapped chicken appetizers will provide some game day heat for the playoffs.

My daughter recently decided that football is one of her favorite things to watch on TV.  I thought it would be fun to come up with a couple of recipes to help make the watching a bit more fun for the playoffs.

And since the weather is so cold now here in NC, I decided to feature two recipes that will make use of hot sauces as one of the main ingredients.

I love pairing food and drink together in a way that compliments each recipe.

For this year’s celebration, I chose to make a drink called a Michelada and decided to pair it with some spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizers.  Both of these recipes feature hot sauce, so be ready for some sizzle!

Chicken wrapped in bacon on a plate with a Bloody Mary.

I chose a red hot sauce for the drink recipe and a  green hot sauce for the chicken. Both are hot sauces made from habanero peppers.  

The red sauce has a bit of a kick to it and is perfect for my Michelada cocktail.  The green sauce is a milder sauce that goes so well with the chicken and bacon.  

Overall, the two are a wonderful combo and are sure to make your game night a huge hit.

Both recipes have just a few ingredients, so I assembled them all together to get ready to cook up a fiery storm. You will also need a bottle of your favorite beer.

ingredients for my game day heat recipes

For those of you who do not not know, a Michelada is sort of a Mexican bloody Mary.  But instead of using vodka, this time the drink is made with your favorite beer.

This makes this a perfect drink for a chilly game night.  Go team!  Also perfect for Cinco de Mayo!Michelada cocktail

I love the garnishes for this tasty drink.  I used coarse pink sea salt and chili to edge the rim of the glasses and olives and lime wedges complete the party look. Drink up!  

I love to serve this drink in mason jar mugs. They add so much fun to the look of the drink!

Now, we just need something to pair these chicken appetizers with this delicious drink.

My party appetizers for the Game Day playoffs are these super tasty bacon wrapped chicken tender bites.  

They are a scrumptious blend of cream cheese, chicken, bacon and El Yucateco green hot sauce.

This sauce adds just the right bite to the chicken and pairs beautifully with the Michelada cocktail.Spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizers

Each of the little chicken appetizers is a scrumptious bite of creamy, spicy, and dare I dare I say delicious?

I don’t want to brag, they really are so so tasty!  If you want, you can add your favorite fruit flavored dipping sauce for a bit of extra party fun.

Bacon wrapped chicken appetizers

I just love this combination of flavors.  Both are spicy but the drink is tamed down a bit with the addition of the ice and the hot sauce and cream cheese on top of the chicken makes a fantastic combination.

Neither are overly spicy, although they both have a kick to them.Bacon wrapped chicken bites with a Bloody Mary drink.

I find that spicy foods are super popular for Game Day.  I just know that these two additions to my playoff party menu will be gone before I know it!

What is your favorite recipe and drink to serve for your game day party?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Here are both recipes. Each one is on its own recipe card so that you can print them out easily.

Yield: 2

Michelada Cocktail

Michelada Cocktail

Serve this spicy cocktail to start your party for Cinco de Mayo.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 6 ounce tomato juice
  • 2 to 3 limes
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons  green hot sauce - depends on how hot you like your drink!
  • 1 can/bottle 12 ounce of your favorite beer (I used Dos Equis)

To garnish:

  • green olives
  • lime wedges

For the rim of the glass:

  • 2 tbsp Pink coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder


  • Start by mixing the pink sea salt and chili powder on a flat plate. Use a cut lime and rub it around the rim of 2 drink glasses. Dip the lime edged rim of each glass into the sea salt mixture. Set aside,
  • Pour all the drink ingredients into a large pitcher and mix well. Fill each glass with ice. Pour the drink mixture over the ice.
  • Garnish with olives and lime wedges. Enjoy!
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7372mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

    Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

    Yield: 16

    Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

    Spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizers

    Wrap pieces of chicken tenders in bacon and add a spicy sauce to get your party started.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


    • 8 chicken tenders
    • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
    • 2 tablespoons of  green hot sauce
    • 16 slices bacon


  • Flatten the chicken pieces with a meat tenderizer and then cut them in half. Line up the bacon pieces and place a chicken tender piece on each one.
  • Top each piece of chicken with 1 teaspoon cream cheese and then drizzle with the green hot sauce. Roll up each piece of filled chicken/bacon, securing with a toothpick.
  • You can cook them one of two ways:
  • Place the tenders on a rack in a a crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours.
  • Then transfer the tenders to a baking sheet and place under the broiler until they are just browned.
  • If you wish and are strapped for time, you can forego the crock pot and bake them for 20-25 minutes in a 400 degree oven, turning half way while cooking.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 8g

    Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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    Saturday 16th of January 2016

    I cannot wait to try that drink. It looks amazing! Anything wrapped in bacon gets my attention!


    Sunday 17th of January 2016

    It's a prefect combo for the cold weather!


    Friday 15th of January 2016

    You NEED to be calling me the next time you make this! I am sooo coming over!


    Sunday 17th of January 2016

    Putting Evelyne on speed dial right now! LOL

    Adriana Martin

    Wednesday 13th of January 2016

    What an awesome pairing! Loving the flavor combinations and the use of the habanero sauce.Many thanks for participating in this shop #client


    Friday 15th of January 2016

    Thanks Adriana. It was a fun combo to put together.

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