Danish Chicken and Asparagus Tartlets – Tarteletter Recipe

Want to make traditional Danish Tartlets with chicken and asparagus? Here’s an authentic recipe for Tarteletter med høns i asparges that is easy to make at home.

Danish Chicken Tartlets

Danish Chicken Tartlets - Tarteletter Recipe

Chicken tartlets are actually not made of chicken as the main choice of meat, but instead, it's traditionally made with meat from a hen. Traditionally, it was the hens who were too old to lay eggs that were used for this dish as well as the Hønsekødssuppe.
The tartlets can be baked, but since they are commonly found in supermarkets in Denmark, store-bought tartlets are typically used these days.
If you don't live in Denmark and want to make Danish chicken tartlets, it might be hard to find ready-made tartlets, and you'll then need to bake some yourself.
The Danish name for this dish is Tarteletter med høns i asparges.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Denmark
Servings 4 portions


  • 500- gram meat from a soup hen or chicken
  • 1.5- liter water
  • 2 dl Chicken stock
  • 2 dl milk
  • 70- gram butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 400- gram white asparagus
  • Tartlet shells


  • Boil the water and add the stock
  • Add the hen or chicken meat and cook for 20 minutes
  • Take out the chicken and cut into smaller pieces, preferably in small squares
  • Save the water from the cooked chicken
  • If using fresh asparagus, cook it until tender and cut into smaller pieces
  • Grab a saucepan and add butter and flour when the butter has melted.
  • Add milk and some water from the cooked chicken into the sauce
  • Add salt and pepper to the sauce and let simmer for a few minutes
  • Add the asparagus and chicken to the sauce and make sure everything is heated
  • Now it's time to fill the tartlets. When finished, chop some fresh parsley and garnish on top of the tartlets


You will need a saucepan to make the sauce. It's recommended to buy ready-made tartlet shells in the supermarket to save time.
Recipe by Gourmand Trotter
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More about Tarteletter

The chicken and asparagus tartlet is a traditional food from Denmark that doesn’t require many ingredients. It also looks quite fancy and is a great dish to serve when having friends and families over at your place.

This is an authentic Tarteletter recipe that typically gives a yield of 15-20 chicken tartlets. It’s great to combine a classic hønsekødssuppe with Chicken tartlets since you can use both the leftover meat and soup from the hønsekødssuppe.

These tartlets can be served as an appetizer or main course. In Denmark, the dish is referred to as “Mormor-Mad”, which basically means Grandma food. They are traditionally served for Christmas and Easter but are nice to make once in a while, if you get some cravings. 

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