What to Bring
to a Potluck

What to Bring to a Potluck

Potluck gatherings bring a touch of magic to the table, where an array of homemade dishes transforms into a tapestry of flavors, stories and shared moments. In a world that sometimes rushes past, these communal feasts evoke the warmth of old traditions and the joy of new connections. Picture a setting where friends and family unite, each bringing a culinary creation embodying their culinary prowess and love. 

If you’re trying to find a good dish to bring to a potluck, explore these potluck recipe ideas that connect hearts and palates.

What Is a Potluck?

In a potluck, each participant contributes a dish to a communal meal. It’s a time when everyone brings their signature dishes, cherished family recipes or even experimental creations to the table. The result? An eclectic spread that showcases a medley of flavors, cultures and traditions, truly exemplifying the saying, “Variety is the spice of life.”

The Beauty of Sharing

At the heart of a potluck lies a tradition as old as time itself — friends, family and neighbors coming together to share a meal. Potlucks celebrate unity, diversity and the joy of communal dining. They provide an opportunity to connect, engage in conversations and share stories. As each person contributes their dish, they bring a part of their background, history and heritage to the mix. It’s a chance to learn about different cuisines, hear tales of family traditions and discover the common ground that binds us all — a love of good food and company. 

Potluck Etiquette and Tips

Potluck Etiquette and Tips

Potlucks are an exercise in giving and receiving. Make sure to bring a dish that’s big enough to share with everyone attending. Whether it’s an appetizer, main course, side dish or dessert, the key is to prepare something you’re proud of and excited to share. Here are a few tips to remember: 

  • Bring enough: Ensure your dish can serve multiple people.
  • Notify about allergies and ingredients: Inform the host of any potential allergens or notable ingredients, such as gluten, in your dish. You may want to try to bring a dish that everyone can enjoy. 
  • Coordinate potluck dishes: Communicate with others to avoid duplicate dishes and ensure a balanced spread.
  • Align your meal to the potluck theme: If applicable, align your food with the event’s theme for a cohesive menu. 
  • Use appropriate containers: Ensure your dish is easily transportable and can be served in a presentable manner.
  • Bring serving utensils: Include any necessary utensils for serving your meal, such as tongs or spoons.
  • Arrive on time: Arrive punctually to set up your meal and help with any necessary arrangements.
  • Clean up after yourself: Dispose of your disposables and clean your serving area before leaving.
  • Offer leftovers: If there are leftovers, offer to share them with others.

Let’s explore a variety of dishes and recipes so you can discover what a good potluck dish is for you. Whether you need recipes for a holiday potluck or are gathering with friends for a movie night, we’ve got the perfect recipe. 

Quick Bites and Snacks

Crafted to deliver quick and flavorful solutions, these potluck ideas cater to solo cravings and shared snacking moments. This selection offers various choices, from crispy quesadillas to zesty skewers, perfect for casual hangouts or movie nights with friends.

1. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Prepare to savor the fusion of flavors in these Chicken Fajita Quesadillas and please all your guests. In a bowl, combine John Soules Foods Chicken Fajitas with 8 ounces each of shredded pepper jack cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. 

Spread the mixture evenly over 8 tortillas, and place another tortilla on top of each one. Cook these cheesy delights in a preheated skillet until the tortillas are golden and the cheese is melted. Make sure to spray your skillet with nonstick spray first. Repeat for the rest of your quesadillas. 

Slice these quesadillas into wedges and relish the harmonious blend of tender chicken and ooey-gooey cheese in each bite. These quesadillas are sure to delight friends and family and be one of the best potluck dishes. 

2. Blackened Chicken Skewers

Elevate your grilling game with delicious Blackened Chicken Skewers at your next potluck. Begin by mixing 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of fajita seasoning mix, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and ½ a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.

Thread John Soules Foods Blackened Chicken pieces, large green bell pepper pieces and red onion chunks onto skewers. Brush your grill grates with oil, and cook the skewers until the chicken is warm and the veggies are tender.

Serve these skewers as a satisfying main course, pairing them with cooked white rice for a complete and hearty meal.

3. Grilled Chicken Caprese Flatbread

Elevate your appetizer game with a Grilled Chicken Caprese Flatbread bursting with flavors. Begin by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and placing a 10-inch frozen cauliflower crust onto a baking sheet.

Spread a layer of marinara sauce over the crust, leaving a small border. Arrange 4 ounces of sliced fresh mozzarella and 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes over the sauce. These ingredients bring a creamy and vibrant contrast to the dish.

Add John Soules Foods Flame Grilled Chicken for protein. These perfectly seasoned and grilled chicken pieces provide a savory balance to the other flavors.

Bake until the crust is golden and the toppings are heated through — approximately 10-15 minutes. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of balsamic glaze over the top for sweetness and depth. Finish with some fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes.

This flatbread is an excellent potluck dinner idea, or you can serve it as a shareable snack before the entree. 

4. Mongolian-Style Beef Lettuce Cups

Indulge in Mongolian flavors with these Mongolian-Style Beef Lettuce Cups that will please all guests. To begin, combine ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a bowl. This concoction will be the secret behind the dish’s savory allure. 

Heat oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add John Soules Foods Steak Strips and heat for about 4 minutes. 

Introduce matchstick carrots, thin red bell pepper slices and the prepared sauce to the wok’s sizzling dance. Stir gently as the sauce transforms into a thick glaze, coating everything in a mouthwatering sheen.

Take a moment for the mixture to cool, letting the flavors meld and deepen. Assemble the dish by artfully arranging bibb lettuce leaves to form natural cups. Fill each leafy cup with the Mongolian-style beef mixture, a symphony of flavors and textures.

Wholesome Salads and Hearty Sandwiches

Tailored to suit diverse tastes, these recipes encompass everything from refreshing Mediterranean-inspired gyro wraps to classic Caesar salads. This section presents an assortment of flavors and textures, catering to those seeking lighter fare and those searching for heartier meal choices.

1. Blue Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Salad

Serve a fiery and spicy Blue Cheese and Buffalo Chicken Salad as a perfect side at your potluck. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place John Soules Foods Buffalo Style Chicken on a baking sheet and cook for 14-16 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Chop romaine lettuce and halve some cherry tomatoes. Slice celery into strips and grate some carrots or use packaged shredded carrots. Divide lettuce into bowls before adding the tomatoes, celery and carrots. Top with heated chicken. Drizzle blue cheese dressing to taste.

2. Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad

A classic Crispy Chicken Caesar salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Start by baking John Soules Foods Southern Style Chicken Bites in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit until golden and crispy. This will likely take between 12 and 14 minutes, and you’ll want to flip the chicken halfway through. 

Toss roughly chopped romaine lettuce with Caesar dressing in a large bowl. Top the salad with crispy chicken chunks, croutons and grated Parmesan cheese. Add freshly ground black pepper for an optional touch of extra flavor. This salad offers a delightful contrast of textures and tastes, making it a satisfying way to get some veggies in at your potluck.

3. Greek Chicken Gyro With Tzatziki Sauce

Elevate your potluck spread with a Greek Chicken Gyro — a simple dish brimming with Mediterranean charm. To make your tzatziki sauce, mix 8 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of dill leaves, 1 ½ tablespoons of minced garlic and some diced cucumber. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. 

Grilled Chicken Caprese Flatbread

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add John Soules Foods Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken Strips, 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Pour in about ¾ cup of tzatziki sauce and simmer until the chicken is tender.

To assemble, warm up your pita bread and fill or top with the chicken and tzatziki sauce. Garnish with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato and red onion as desired. Wrap it up for a burst of Mediterranean flavors in every bite.

4. Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Indulge in the timeless flavors of Chicken Parmesan with this delectable twist. Bake John Soules Foods Chicken Patties at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 13-15 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Spread a layer of tomato sauce over the chicken, followed by some shredded parmesan and slices of provolone cheese. Pop these delectable creations back into the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve these cheesy, saucy patties on toasted Kaiser rolls for a satisfying bite.

Mini Sliders and Classic Hotdogs

These recipes bring cherished comfort foods to the forefront, transforming them into snackable portions suitable for various occasions. This section caters to those seeking simplicity and familiar flavors.

1. Mini Honey Mustard Chicken Sliders

If you’re looking for a versatile option, serve up a stack of Honey Mustard Chicken Sliders that pack a punch and are perfect for a brunch potluck. Bake John Soules Foods Southern Style Chicken Bites for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping halfway through. Spread honey mustard over some rolls, add your chicken and pickle chips, and assemble. Get ready to enjoy a small delight with big flavors.

2. Loaded Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken Dogs

Bake John Soules Foods Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Strips until they’re cooked through and irresistibly flavorful. We recommend baking them in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 7 minutes, flip each piece over, and pop them back in the oven for 12-14 minutes. 

Meanwhile, saute thinly sliced yellow onions until they turn golden brown and tender. Place a cooked chicken strip in a hotdog bun, and top with the sauteed onions, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped plum tomatoes and a drizzle of honey mustard.

Whether you enjoy a backyard barbecue or a cozy night in, these fully Loaded Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken Dogs bring a delightful twist to a classic favorite.

3. Nashville Chicken Sliders

For a taste of Southern hospitality with a spicy twist, present Nashville Chicken Sliders at your potluck. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake John Soules Foods Southern Style Chicken Bites until crispy, about 14-16 minutes, flipping halfway through. While the chicken bakes, whisk together ⅓ cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss in 16 ounces of coleslaw mix and stir until well combined.

Nashville Chicken Sliders

Once the chicken is ready, place a piece onto a Hawaiian sweet roll. Top with a generous scoop of the coleslaw mixture, and crown your sliders with the remaining roll halves. These Nashville-style sliders pack a flavorful punch, combining spicy, tangy and crispy elements in each bite.

Bold Tacos and Flavorful Nachos

Ideal for game nights with friends or as a special treat, these recipes unite crunch, spice and savory goodness, creating a memorable culinary journey.

1. Chipotle Chicken Tacos and Salsa

For those who crave a touch of spice, these Chipotle Chicken Tacos and Salsa are the perfect addition to your potluck menu. Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet, then add 2 tablespoons of chipotle sauce, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and salt and pepper. Simmer the mixture and add John Soules Foods Chicken Fajitas. Let cook until the chicken is warm and coated with a flavorful sauce.

Assemble your tacos by filling soft tortillas with the chipotle chicken mixture. Top with your homemade salsa, made from tomatoes, onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. These chipotle-infused tacos bring smoky and zesty flavors to your meal.

2. Chicken or Beef Nachos 

Satisfy your cravings with these delicious nachos at your next event. Smash black beans and smear them over a platter of chips. Scatter John Soules Foods Chicken Fajitas or Steak Fajitas over the beans. Sprinkle lots of shredded cheddar and pepper Jack cheese on top.

Microwave the nachos on high for 4 minutes until the cheese is melted. Top with drained diced tomatoes and sliced jalapeno for an extra kick of heat. These nachos are a delightful blend of flavors and textures, perfect for snacking or sharing.

Bring the Flavor to Your Next Potluck With John Soules Foods

When it comes to your potluck spread, the quality of your ingredients can make all the difference. John Soules Foods can help simplify your cooking experience with our range of premium products like pre-cooked frozen and refrigerated chicken and beef products. Whether it’s a holiday gathering or another occasion, our offerings ensure quick and mouthwatering dishes. 

Our protein options can help you craft remarkable recipes that will leave a lasting impression on your potluck pals. You can visit a store near you to find your perfect ingredients.

Bring the Flavor to Your Next Potluck With John Soules Foods