Creamy Garlic Mustard-Chicken Sliders with Bacon and Peperoncini

 Creamy Garlic Mustard Chicken Sliders with Bacon Pepperoncini a great appetizer for any occasion
Hello friends, I am back from Austin, Texas where I just spent five glorious days at Blogher Food, a conference that celebrates the passion behind food blogging. What a blast I had eating my way through the city and hanging out with all my old and new blogging buddies. More on all of that later.

But there is something I love just as much as food conferences and that is a good-old fashioned recipe contest. It's a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. I love being handed a product and having to come up with a great idea to really show off its flavor. 

This particular contest is sponsored by Saucy Mama, with their line of gourmet mustards. I first met the Saucy Mama crew at an event last summer. They are seriously some of the nicest and most generous people I have come across in the blogging world. Their products are also made right here in Oregon, something else I love.

Anyway, they are having somewhat of "chopped" competition with food bloggers, except they are calling it "sliced". There are also secret ingredients in each round for appetizers, entrees and desserts.

This first square-off is for appetizers. I chose to use Saucy Mama's Creamy Garlic Mustard and the secret ingredient was bacon (how perfect). Like I mentioned, making something that remained true to the flavor of the mustard and wasn't just a dipping sauce was important to me. However, I also wanted to add a brightness to the recipe, which is where the peperoncini came into play. I cannot tell you how well it works in this dish. I kind of high-fived myself once I tasted it.

If I don't get "sliced" in this round, I will go onto the entree competition with a new mustard and a new secret ingredient. Wish me luck!
Creamy Garlic Mustard Chicken Sliders with Bacon Pepperoncini
Since this is an appetizer, simple ingredients were key. Have you ever bought this packaged, cooked chicken from Costco? I use it in so many things (pastas and soups), when I need a quick meal. It is so convenient and tastes great. If you do not have access to chicken like this, feel free to use a rotisserie chicken cute into cubes (easier to do when the chicken has been in the fridge overnight).

Creamy Garlic Mustard Chicken Sliders with Bacon Pepperoncini warming in the pan
A slow warming of the mustard with cream cheese and a few other ingredients make a tasty sauce. 

Creamy Chciken slider Buns
While the chicken mixture is heating up, toast the slider buns in the oven.

Creamy Garlic Mustard Chicken Sliders with Bacon Pepperoncini the best appetizer
Don't underestimate the power of cute skewers. It makes all the difference.

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Creamy Garlic Mustard-Chicken Sliders with Bacon and Peperoncini

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 12 sliders


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Saucy Mama Creamy Garlic Mustard
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peperoncini
  • 2 teaspoons peperoncini juice (from the jar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs pre-cooked chicken (Kirkland brand) or rotisserie chicken cut into 1" cubes
  • 12 slices center cut bacon, cooked until crisp
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 slider buns
  • melted butter and poppy seeds (optional)
  • 12 whole peperoncinis


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Over medium-low heat combine cream cheese, mustard, peperoncini, peperoncini juice and red pepper flakes. Stir with a wooden spoon to help the cream cheese melt over the heat. Once it is a creamy consistency, add the chicken and stir to coat. (Keep warm)
  • While making the chicken mixture, brush insides of slider buns with olive oil and toast them in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • When buns are ready, break each piece of crispy bacon in half and place both slices on the bottom of the bun. Add warm chicken mixture on top of the bacon. Top with a bun and brush with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds (optional). Secure a whole peperoncini on top of the bun with a skewer or toothpick.

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17 Comments and 15 Replies

  1. Gayle 1

    Good luck. These look delicious. Adding bacon and the pepperoni…. Brilliant!!

  2. I love that last photo. Pinning this one to my “sliders” board.

  3. Margaret 7

    These look so good! Maybe it’s the idea of hot creamy chicken on top of crisp bacon. I’ve printed out the recipe to try it soon.

  4. Good Luck!! You did an awesome job!

  5. Fingers crossed for your win ~ they’d be crazy not to make you the winner!!

  6. Good grief, these look sooooo good! Blogher looked like swag bags full of fun, I can’t miss it next year!

  7. I would devour these, too. I can imagine all that flavor from the garlic mustard and the wonderful texture from the cream cheese. Pass me two, make that three, please!

  8. my husband would go crazy over those. I hope you don’t get “sliced!!”

  9. Robin W. 16

    These look crazy good!!! Will have to try them! Good luck – I just know you won’t get sliced!! Anxious to hear about BlogHer Food!!

  10. katie 18

    Cathy these look great! I’m so glad we finally got to meet in real life and share YOUR wine together! :)

  11. Girl, these look amazing! Love that you put a pepperoncini on top, I’m totally stealing that!

  12. Shannon W. from NC 21

    Those slider rolls are beautiful. What brand are they? I seem to have a hard time finding slider rolls. Thanks.

  13. carrian 23

    Those look killer!

  14. Sheila 25

    Oh baby these look so good. Bacon is always a must to finish off the perfect sandwich! Good luck!

  15. Renee Crenshaw 27

    I love the sounds of this recipe but am not fond of peppers. What might be a good substitution?

    • Cathy 28

      The peperoncini really do add to this recipe in a big way. Maybe you could try a small cornichon.

  16. Pam 29

    these sliders are AMAZING! I am going to order that Saucy Mama Creamy Garlic Mustard, so i can see how that works…we made these for Christmas Eve and they were a HUGE HIT!! I mixed 1/2 Dijon mustard and 1/2 honey mustard and added minced fresh garlic, about a tablespoon or more..doubled the red pepper flakes …every LOVED these..i will be making these again for sure…Oh , i also added extra chopped peperoncini and I added banana peppers , finely chopped. I had made a “test run” of these sliders prior to Christmas eve, so i found these were the changes i wanted to make….ENJOY!!!

  17. Alycia Burton 32

    Hey there! I don’t have access to Saucy Mama mustards unless I order online (which makes this mustard $14!). I know this is an old post but hopefully you remember the taste of the mustard well enough to help me. Could I make a mustard similar using common ingredients? What would you recommend?


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