Pesto Chicken Beggars Purse

Pesto Chicken Beggars Purse Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Bar food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 Beggars Purse
Calories: 98 kcal
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.



  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and set aside.
  3. Cut baked chicken into 1/2-inch bite size pieces or shred rotisserie chicken into bite-size pieces

  4. Toss chicken with pesto sauce and ranch dressing

  5. In a small saucepan heat chicken with cheeses and cook until cheese starts to melt and chicken is just heated through.

  6. Whisk egg with 1 T of water until smooth
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  8. Place 24 wonton wrapper on the parchment paper
  9. Lightly brush wonton wrappers with melted butter

  10. Place a small scoop of pesto chicken mixture in the center of each wonton wrapper.

To Make a Wonton or Beggars Purse

  1. Wonton:

    Fold diagonally, then using a fork seal wontons

  2. 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.

  3. Brush each purse with butter
  4. Brush each purse with egg-wash
  5. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the purses are golden brown

  6. Serve warm

Recipe Notes



*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.


Nutrition Facts
Pesto Chicken Beggars Purse Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.