Chicken Cheese Ball

Good morning!

After a brief respite (who am I kidding? I was just crazy busy and exhausted) I am back with another tailgate friendly recipe.

Last night I made Savory Pumpkin Dip, a Pound Cake, Pimiento Cheese, and two Chicken Cheese Balls to get ready for this weekend.

I had to get going on these ahead of time, as tomorrow afternoon we will be over at Harvest Moon for their Meet Your Farmers event!  We will also be signing up for our Fall Farm to Table CSA box.  Click {here} to join us there!

Anyway, I may add a few items to the tailgate goody bag tonight, but let me share my favorite tailgate/homegate/party appetizer/etc. with you this morning (aka a chicken cheese ball recipe).  I figure somebody out there probably needs a quick and easy recipe for tailgate grub this week, right?

Chicken Cheese Ball | Oysters & Pearls

I swear I’ll post some decent pictures of the tailgate spread next week.  #pinkypromise

This is a recipe that I have gotten from my mom, my aunt, and my grandmother.  We all use it.  For good reason.

It’s delicious.

Chicken Cheese Ball
makes two chicken cheese balls


– 2 large cans of all white meat chicken, drained
– one 8-ounce block of cream cheese, at room temperature
– one packet of Ranch dip mix
– one packet of Ranch dressing mix
– chopped pecans or slivered almonds to cover cheese balls


Mix the first four ingredients with either a stand or hand mixer until smooth and combined.  Put the bowl in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes or so.  This makes it easier to divide and shape into balls.  When it’s chilled, take the bowl out and divide the mixture into halves.  Pour pecans or almonds into a mixing bowl, shape half the mixture into a ball, and roll it around in the pecans/almonds until well-coated.

To store, I lay clear wrap out on the counter in the shape of an “X,” and place the cheese ball in the center and wrap it up like a present.  Then I store that in an airtight container.  You can keep one in the freezer to have on hand, or you can refrigerate them for up to a week or so.

Serve with Wheat Thins.

The mixture should be smooth and creamy, with no chunks of chicken or cheese remaining.

Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Roll each half into a neat little ball of cheesy delight.

Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe  | Oysters & Pearls

Then roll it around in the pecans for extra crunch and Southern goodness.

Chopped Pecans for Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

And voila!

Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe  |  Oysters & Pearls

You have a chicken cheese ball.  Then repeat.

Now you have two chicken cheese balls.  One for sharing, one for hoarding.

Or I suppose you could share both.  I froze one to have on hand, and the other will be accompanying us to Gainesville, where I will take better pictures of it.

And to make up for my night-time and less-than-interesting pictures, here’s a cute cat to brighten your morning.

Wallace Lounging | Oysters & Pearls

What cat sleeps like this???

I would also like to give a birthday shout-out (do people do “shout-outs” anymore?) to my sister, Anna Jo!


Not much has changed, except maybe the quantity of denim we wear.

Happy Birthday, Seester! Hope you have a great day.  We love you! :)

And Happy Thursday to the rest of you folks!


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9 thoughts on “Chicken Cheese Ball

  1. Celeste Lewis

    Hey, Natalie! I LOVE your blog so much! I also love the pale blue bedspread that your cat is on. I am redoing Caroline’s bedroom in whites/tans and pale blue and this would be perfect! Do you remember where you got it? Thanks so much!

  2. Erin

    Hey Natalie! I have been following your blog for a while now and wanted to share my version of this recipe with you. It is pretty much the same (I don’t use Ranch dressing mix, I’ll have to try that) but instead of using the nuts on the outside, I use real bacon bits (make my own bacon and crush it up). Keep the recipes coming! They make me want to get in the kitchen!

  3. Wheat

    The Chicken Cheese Ball is pretty awesome as is (with the pecans). However, I am ALL for trying one crusted in bacon too!!

  4. Natalie

    Awww…happy belated birthday to your sister. She was the one to intro me to your blog and it’s now a ‘must-read’ for me!


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