Chicken Pesto Beggars Purse Recipe

Try this Chicken Pesto Beggars Purse Recipe for a simple, easy to make appetizer for your next party or potluck.

By using rotisserie chicken and either bottle pesto or this super easy to make homemade pesto sauce, you’ll have this app on a tray in just a few minutes.  Thes taste so good and are always a hit.


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Pesto Chicken Beggars Purse Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 Beggars Purse
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
Pesto chicken served in a tidy little beggars purse bundle is the perfect football or super bowl party appetizer.  
The recipe calls for rotisserie chicken and either jarred or this easy homemade pesto sauce, making this super fast to make and serve.
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  • 2 T salted butter
  • 1 egg - beaten with 1 T of water
  • 12 oz cooked chicken breast - rotisserie or baked
  • 4 oz pesto sauce - *see recipe or use bottled
  • 4 oz Italian cheese blend
  • 2 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 24 wonton wrappers - large
  • Parchment paper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Melt butter and set aside.
  • Cut baked chicken into 1/2-inch bite size pieces or shred rotisserie chicken into bite-size pieces
  • Toss chicken with pesto sauce and ranch dressing
  • In a small saucepan heat chicken with cheeses and cook until cheese starts to melt and chicken is just heated through.
  • Whisk egg with 1 T of water until smooth
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Place 24 wonton wrapper on the parchment paper
  • Lightly brush wonton wrappers with melted butter
  • Place a small scoop of pesto chicken mixture in the center of each wonton wrapper.

To Make a Wonton or Beggars Purse

  • Wonton:
    Fold diagonally, then using a fork seal wontons
  • Beggars Purse:
    Fold corners diagonally to the center, pinching together the opposite corners holding the pouch in the palm of one hand, gently twist the top of the pouch to seal.
  • Brush each purse with butter
  • Brush each purse with egg-wash
  • Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the purses are golden brown
  • Serve warm


*Pesto Sauce Recipe
Serving Suggestion:
Serve bacon jam on the side
or add crispy bacon to the pesto chicken mixture
Make Ahead:
The pesto chicken mixture can be made a day in advance and stored can be made a  tightly covered in the refrigerator.  Heat the chicken mixture until warm before assembling beggars purse.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 51mg | Vitamin A: 155IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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