I’ve partnered with SocialStars™ and French’s to create these
Grilled Chicken Sliders with Poppy Seed Butter.
These sliders are perfect for entertaining a crowd on a warm summer evening! #FrenchsCrowd #FrenchsMustard
Laura and I love to host parties. During the cold winter months, we’ve been known to host murder mystery parties or Mardi Gras shindigs. (The Mardi Gras parties are my excuse for making my favorite Cajun recipes…all on the same day.) During the warm summer months, we love to just sit outside with friends while kids, dogs and the occasional husband or two run around in the backyard. Growing up, my parents had dinner parties and casual gatherings quite often, so it’s really no surprise that we like to do the same.
As a kid, I can still remember the nights when my parents would host dinner parties. My sister and I would rent a movie, eat an early dinner and then go upstairs with the dog for the evening. But what made it special was that we got to hang out in my parents’ room since that’s where the VHS player was. And then if we were able to stay awake long enough, we’d get to come down at the end of the party to say hello to the last few guests. So there we came! The dog and two kids dressed in pajamas would scamper down the stairs and start looking for leftover food.
And when it came to leftover food, I could always count on finding this Grilled Chicken Sliders! Well, to be fair, in the winter months, my Mom would make these sliders with chopped ham instead of grilled chicken…because who wants to stand outside grilling chicken in the middle of January? But then in the warmer months, the sliders would transition over to chicken. No matter whether it was ham or chicken, the real star of these sliders was the Poppy Seed Butter. This stuff is magical, my friends!
That Poppy Seed Butter gets spread on the bottom of the slider buns (or dinner rolls). Then comes the grilled chicken or ham and a bit of arugula. Then the sliders are off to the oven until the cheese gets all melty and delicious. Talk about the perfect picnic food! Now that our back deck is de-winterized and ‘officially’ open for the season, we decided to invite a few friends over this past weekend. When I was thinking about what sort of food to make, I remembered my mother’s Grilled Chicken Sliders. Done! These sliders seriously are easy to make, and they can actually be totally made in advance. Just prep the sliders and then wait until 15 minutes before dinner to put the tray in the oven. This must be why these sliders were one of my Mom’s go-to entertaining recipes!
Let’s talk Poppy Seed Butter. This butter is a mixture of butter (obvi) along with chopped onions, poppy seeds, cheese and mustard. When it comes to summer grilling, we’ve always got a bottle of French’s mustard nearby. Whether it’s their classic yellow mustard or one of their other varieties, French’s mustard is a staple in our house! (We all know about French’s Classic Yellow mustard, but did you know that French’s also has a delicious bold Spicy Brown mustard as well as a smooth & creamy Dijon mustard? There are times when we have all 3 varieties in our fridge. #TrueStory!)
French’s Classic Yellow mustard is 100% natural, and it’s made from stone-ground #1 grade mustard seeds. No artificial ingredients. Just mustard seeds, vinegar and spices. And as far as I’m concerned, summer picnics just aren’t complete without French’s mustard! Fun fact: did you know that the individual-sized packets of French’s yellow-mustard were first released in 1974? Or that the first Saturday in August is National Mustard Day? Now you can surprise your friends with your knowledge of mustard trivia!
If you’re looking for a fun picnic recipe, then keep these Grilled Chicken Sliders with Poppy Seed Butter in mind! (I actually had some of this butter left over, and I used it to make grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner last night. Best grilled cheese sandwich ever.) Here’s to a long summer filled with delicious food and fun evenings with friends. Cheers!
Grilled Chicken Sliders with Poppy Seed Butter
For the Poppy Seed Spread
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- ¼ cup yellow onion minced
- 3 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded Pepperjack cheese
For the Sliders
- 16 oz. chicken breasts
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup baby arugula
- 24 dinner rolls
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Brush both sides of chicken breasts with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- Slice grilled chicken breasts into ¾”-1” slices; set aside.
- Using a medium bowl, add butter, onions, mustard, poppy seeds and Worcestershire sauce; stir until well combined.
- Add shredded cheese; stir until well combined.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Place bottom halves of slider buns on a sheet pan. Spread poppy seed spread evenly across slider buns and then top each with sliced grilled chicken and baby arugula. Place tops of sliders on top.
- Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes.