Bachelor in the Kitchen: Hosting the Big Game

Written by Nick

Tequila Citrus Chicken Wings Recipe

If you’ve ever hosted a party for the big football game you know the pressure that comes with it. What should be a fun day of eating, drinking and watching football (or commercials) turns into a judgment of your party hosting capabilities. If you fail this year, there is no next year – your hosting duties will be revoked!

I’ve hosted a few viewing parties in the past and they’ve all been “catered” by DiGiorno Pizza and Hot Pockets Snackers and why not… they’re easy, tasty and everyone leaves full. But since I’ve been working with Nestlé Kitchens, I decided it was time for some home cookin’.

Knowing the importance of the big game, I decided to do a trial run for the championship games. The first part of hosting any great party is choosing the menu. After browsing and looking at some of our favorite apps and snacks, I decided on the Tequila Citrus Chicken Wings and the Baked Ravioli Bites.

Baked Ravioli Bites Recipe

The baked ravioli was super easy to put together, but it takes time to bread each “bite” so be sure to have them all ready before the game or you’ll spend the first half in the kitchen. Rather than top each ravioli I decided to serve it with a variety of Buitoni pasta sauces and everyone could dip as they liked. It made them almost like pasta nachos!

I’ve never made wings before so I thought this would be a great opportunity. Wings are a staple of any sporting event, but I wanted to make something slightly different. I came across these tequila and citrus spiced wings and knew I had to try them. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!

So… after the practice run I would highly recommend serving both the Wings and the Ravioli for the big game. It’s something special and unexpected for your party.

Baked Ravioli Bites

Ingredients needed for 45 “bites”

  • 1 package (9 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Four Cheese Ravioli, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Italian dry bread crumbs
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 container (7 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil
  • Assorted toppings*


PREHEAT broiler. Grease baking sheet.

DIP prepared ravioli into beaten eggs, coating both sides, then into bread crumbs, coating both sides. Place on prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray top of breaded ravioli with cooking spray.

BROIL for 1 to 2 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Turn and spray with additional cooking spray; broil for 1 minute or until edges begin to brown.

NOTE: Try substituting BUITONI Refrigerated Whole Wheat Four Cheese Ravioli and BUITONI Refrigerated Pesto with Sun Dried Tomatoes.

Tequila Citrus Chicken Wings

Ingredients needed for 4 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 lbs. small chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons MAGGI Seasoning Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Assorted vegetables
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping

HEAT oil in large skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken wings in batches for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet; set aside. Drain skillet.

PLACE tequila, orange juice, lime juice, seasoning sauce, honey, orange peel, chili powder and cumin in same skillet. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Add chicken wings; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until sauce is thickened and chicken wings are fully cooked. Serve with assorted vegetables and ranch dressing.


If you want to make something more classic here are some other great ideas:

Cheesy Tortilla Spirals Recipe
Cheesy Tortilla Spirals
Cheese and Chile Beef Dip Recipe
Cheese and Chile Beef Dip


  1. Edie Burge
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Nick, loved your post and congrats on making the Wings and Ravioli. Enjoy the big game!

  2. Marcy C Baha
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Never had Maggi seasong – is there anything I can substitute this with? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Posted January 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Marcy, Maggi Seasoning is readily available, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding it. Equal parts soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce can be used in its place in a pinch.

      • Marcy C Baha
        Posted January 31, 2012 at 11:57 am | Permalink

        Thanks Chris!

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