Cheesy Chicken & Wild Rice Bites

These tasty, bite-sized treats made with Minute® Brown & Wild Rice can be easily prepared in the microwave.

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Cheesy Chicken & Wild Rice Bites

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 1 min
Servings SERVES 6-8
Ready in TOTAL TIME 6 mins
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PREP TIME 5 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Brown & Wild Rice Cups
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup rotisserie chicken, finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup jarred roasted red pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 20 store-bought, ready-to-use crispy hors-d’oeuvre party shells


  • Perfect for a potluck or party, these bite-sized appetizers are creamy, filling, and loaded with flavor. Made with Minute® Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice, they also pack whole grains into each tasty morsel.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir together rice, Cheddar, chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, red pepper, half the chives and Dijon in a microwave-safe bowl.

    Step 3

  • Place shells on a plate and spoon mixture into shells. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds – 1 minute, until cheese is melted. Garnish cups with remaining chives.

Ways to Shred Rotisserie Chicken

The Fork Method

Pin down the chicken and, using two forks, firmly pull in opposite directions. Continue until the chicken is completely shredded.

The Stand Mixer Method

Cut deboned chicken into chunks and place in the bowl of a standard mixer with the paddle attachment. Process for a few seconds on medium-low speed until the chicken is perfectly shredded. 

The Bare Hands Method

After the chicken has cooled, pull it apart with your bare hands. This way you can control the size of the pieces. This is also a fun way to get your kids involved in the preparation process! 

Other Uses

Some other ideas for shredded chicken are: sandwiches, add it to nachos or serve it cold. Try some in our Balsamic Chicken Rice Bowl.

How to Cut Chives

Cutting chives is easy provided that you have a fresh plant to work with. You will need a cutting board and either a chef’s knife or kitchen shears to snip the stalks to your preferred size.

  1. Purchase or harvest chives. Choose the freshest chives at the grocery store or harvest chives from your own herb garden. Plan on harvesting chives roughly 60 days after planting them.


  1. Remove any slimy sections of the chive. Slimy stalks likely died before the plant was picked. They have no texture and may be rotting, so it’s best to remove them.


  1. Wash the chives. Rinse chives under cool water and gently rub them to remove any stubborn dirt. Gently dry the chives by blotting them with a paper towel.


  1. Bundle the chives for easy cutting. You can try finely slicing them with a chef’s knife against a cutting board, but the easiest method is to snip them to your preferred size with everyday kitchen scissors. Multi-blade herb scissors also work effectively.
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