Cranberry Pesto Chicken in Endive Cups

This delicious chicken salad appetizer has tons of flavor and is different from the normal mayonnaise version! Chunks of chicken are tossed in arugula pesto, dried cranberries, and fennel, and stuffed into endive cups.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad cups, endive cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 449kcal


For the arugula pesto:

  • 2 cups packed arugula
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated manchego cheese or parmigiano reggiano

For the endive cups:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast cubed (about 1 lb uncooked chicken breast should yield about 3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup arugula pesto from recipe above
  • 1/4 cup thinly julienned fennel
  • 1 or 2 belgian endive heads you need about 1/2 lb


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, and set up a bowl of ice water. Place the arugula in a strainer and immerse it into the boiling water for 15 seconds. Immediately remove the arugula and place in the ice water for 10 seconds, to stop the cooking process. Drain and squeeze all the excess water from the arugula leaves.
  • Place the blanched arugula, garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper, pine nuts, and olive oil in a food processor. Blend until combined. Add the manchego cheese, and pulse to combine. Taste to check for seasoning.
  • To assemble the cups, toss the chicken breast with the dried cranberries, pesto, and fennel. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Separate the endive into leaves, and spoon the pesto chicken mixture into the endive cups. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 466mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg