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Looking for the perfect game day snack? Look no further than this super simple (and ridiculously delicious) chicken wing charcuterie board! It’s got a little something for everyone– hearty boneless chicken wings, savory buffalo chicken dip, and crisp colorful veggies for freshness. I buy my chicken wings and dips from the store, too (sorry, home chefs– I get too stressed out on game day!), so I can literally throw this one together in under 5 minutes. Keep reading for tips on putting together your own chicken wing snack board for game day watch parties, birthdays, and more! I’m sharing a printable recipe card down at the bottom of this post with serving size recommendations, too.
Chicken Wing Charcuterie Board
Snack Board Ingredients
Here’s everything I used to make my chicken wing charcuterie board–
- Boneless Chicken Wings– I ordered two different kinds of boneless chicken wings from Hy-Vee (it’s this tray if you’re local!) and then put them in these craft paper food trays lined with wax paper. Obviously, you can make your own chicken wings, too, but ordering them from the store just saved me a ton of time. Either way, I recommend having at least two different kinds for variety! I also recommend having cocktail food picks (how cute are these?!) or clean forks nearby for serving.
- Ranch Dressing– Chicken wings and ranch dressing are two peas in a pod. I put some in a large ramekin with a spoon to discourage double-dipping.
- Buffalo Chicken Dip– This buffalo chicken dip was a last-minute impulse buy from Hy-Vee, and it was amazing! I personally love buffalo chicken dip with veggies, but it’s great with crackers, too, so I put a basket nearby.
- Fresh Veggies– Even Game Day snack boards can be pretty (or at least color-coordinated). Carrots and celery are pairing musts, so I stuck with orange and green veggies for this chicken wing charcuterie board. I chose baby carrots and sweet mini peppers to tie in the orange and then used celery, cucumbers, broccoli, and green bell peppers for the green.
- Parsley and Feta Crumbles– One of my favorite snack board hacks is using herbs, like parsley, to cover bare spots. Parsley also goes well with chicken wings, so I chopped some up for garnish, as well. I also sprinkled some feta crumbles over the buffalo chicken wings. Blue cheese crumbles would probably be a big hit, too, but I (selfishly) can’t stand the taste.
Extra Game Day Snack Board Ideas and Add-Ons
The sky’s the limit when it comes to this chicken wing charcuterie board! If you’re looking to switch things up, here are a few substitution and/or add-on ideas–
- Chips and Crackers– Chips and crackers are perfect for snack boards, especially those with cheese and/or dips. Why? Because they’ll always get eaten, and they take up quite a bit of space!
- Popcorn and Pretzels– Is game day really game day without popcorn and/or pretzels? I usually have separate bowls for each, but they’d also be great additions to this chicken wing charcuterie board!
- Dips and Sauces– Veggie dips would make a great addition to this chicken wing charcuterie board, as would beer cheese dip or queso, and even hummus. Homemade wing sauces with bare wings sounds pretty delicious, too!
- Warm Appetizers– Think about all of Chili or TGI Friday’s best apps– mozzarella sticks, potato skins, chicken tenders, southwestern egg rolls, etc. Any and all of those would make your guests very happy! If you don’t have time to make your own, head to the frozen snack aisle of the grocery store and see what your options are.
- Meats and Cheeses– I took French in high school, so using the word “charcuterie” without including cured meats always gives me pause (but, obviously, I do it anyway). That being said, throw some cheese and salami, pepperoni, or sausage into the mix! In my experience, cubed cheese works best for more casual boards like this one, but you can always gentrify your cheese selection if you want to.
- More Veggies– Game day snacks are my absolute favorite, but they also tend to be less healthy. So, if you’re trying to offer a lighter option, go heavy on the veggies! Snap peas, cauliflower, tomatoes, radishes, and even pickles are all popular add-ons!
- Fruit– I tend to associate salty savory foods with sports, but that definitely doesn’t have to be the case. Adding on easy-to-grab fruits like grapes, apple slices, and orange slices (or clementines) would throw some sweetness into the mix!
- Nuts and Snack Mixes– Salted nuts are a game day staple! Serve them as-is or premix them up with M&Ms, raisons, Chex cereal, etc. for easy munching.
How to Make a Chicken Wing Charcuterie Board
Another great thing about snack boards? There are no rules! There are some tricks of the trade, though, and most of them involve the arranging order. Here’s how I put mine together–
Find a large cutting board or serving platter and clean it with soap and warm water. If you’re using a wooden cutting board (like this one), be sure to dry it completely before adding any food. Meanwhile, place the boneless wings in craft paper food trays lined with wax paper and spoon the Ranch dressing and buffalo chicken dip into these white ramekins.
Once your board is clean and dry, position the big items first. In this case, it was the wing trays and dip ramekins.
With clean hands (or gloves), chop up all your fresh veggies and then arrange them around the wings and ramekins. I personally like to start at the corners and work my way inward, trying my best to spread and coordinate the colors evenly (but not too evenly).
Give your chicken wing charcuterie board a final look-over and then add the finishing touches! First, fill in any blank spaces with fresh parsley and other green herbs. Then, garnish the chicken wings with chopped parsley and feta crumbles (or blue cheese if that’s preferable to you). Finally, put spoons in the ramekins to keep everything sanitary, and (if you want) add labels to any food that may be hard to easily identify.
- 6-8 pounds boneless chicken wings
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 pound raw broccoli florets
- 1 pound celery sticks
- 1/2 pound sweet orange mini peppers
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 green bell pepper
- 8oz ranch dressing
- 1 pound buffalo chicken dip (factoring in one bowl refill)
- Parsley, for garnish
- Feta cheese crumbles, for garnish
- Clean a large cutting board or serving platter with soap and warm water. Make sure to dry it completely before adding any food, especially if you're using a wooden cutting board. Meanwhile, place the boneless wings in two craft paper food trays lined with wax paper and spoon the Ranch dressing and buffalo chicken dip (or as much of it as you can) into ramekins or serving bowls.
- Once your board is clean and dry, position the largest items (the two wing trays and ramekins) first.
- With clean hands or food-safe gloves, chop up all your fresh veggies into bite-sized pieces and then arrange them around the wings and ramekins. I personally like to start at the corners and work my way inward, trying my best to coordinate colors throughout.
- Give your chicken wing charcuterie board a final look-over and fill in any blank board space with fresh parsley and other green herbs. Then, garnish the chicken wings with chopped parsley and feta or blue cheese crumbles. Finally, put spoons in the ramekins to keep everything sanitary, and (if you want) add labels to any food that may be hard to easily identify.
Serving Size Recommendations
- Chicken Wings- The amount of wings you need will depend on whether or not they're functioning as a main dish or a side. I made this chicken wing charcuterie board for a March Madness watch party along with a handful of other dishes, so I considered these wings to be a side dish/appetizer and factored one pound per person (basically about 3-5 wings a piece). If you're serving them as the only protein and/or as more of a general main course, I recommend 2 pounds of wings per person (or roughly 6-10 wings a piece).
- Fresh Vegetables- I like to factor around 1/2 pound of fruit/vegetables per person. I went a little over in this case, but it all got eaten!
- Buffalo Chicken Dip- I bought 1 pound of buffalo chicken dip for 8 people (factoring 2oz per person), and it was just the right amount. In retrospect, I'd probably swap the ramekin for a larger serving bowl, though, because it was constantly needing to be refilled.
- Ranch Dressing- A formal serving size of ranch dressing is 2 tablespoons, although that's low when you're using it as a dip and not a dressing. Still, I just factored 1 ounce per guest and then had extra on hand in case I needed it (which I did).
More Game Day Snack Ideas
If you need more quick Game Day snack ideas, here are a few of my favorites–
- Football Snack Board– This is my other go-to Game Day snack board. It’s shaped like a football, takes about 5 minutes to put together (not including cook time for frozen snacks), and is a favorite among kiddos!
- Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip– The only reason I don’t make this baked spinach and artichoke dip every weekend is because I’ve been known to eat the entire thing. I’m not exaggerating either. It’s that good, and the prep time is only about 5 minutes. The bake time is 38 minutes, but I usually wait to put it in the oven until guests arrive anyway. That’s when it tastes the best!
- Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs– Trust me, the only thing tastier than deviled eggs is pimento cheese deviled eggs. I love making these for game day and for derby parties!
Also, if you’ve got the time (and you need quite a bit of it), these bourbon pulled pork sliders are my husband’s absolute favorite. It’s a low-temp slow cooker recipe, though, so you will need a full 8 hours!
So, what’s your go-to Game Day snack? With the Super Bowl around the corner (and my team still in the running– crossing my fingers for you, Chiefs!), I may need some new recipes!
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