Maple Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites

Maple mustard bacon chicken bites with an easy 2-ingredient dipping sauce makes a terrific appetizer for game day or any day.




  1. Place toothpicks in a small bowl of water to soak while preparing the recipe.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place bacon halves on a baking sheet and bake until partially cooked, about 5 minutes for regular bacon, 8-10 for thick (depending on how thick the slices). Remove from oven and lower temperature to 375 degrees.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the 1/4 cup mustard with 2 tablespoons syrup in the bottom of a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Cut chicken into pieces (about 3/4-inch) and add to bowl; stir well to coat.**
  5. Wrap each piece of chicken with one bacon half, securing with a wet toothpick and placing the bites on a lined baking sheet. When all pieces are wrapped, brush the bites with the remaining sauce in the bowl and sprinkle with black pepper on all sides.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until done, turning the bites over at the 10 minute mark.
  7. While the bites are baking, mix up the sauce in a small bowl (you can heat it if desired or serve at room temperature).
  8. When bites are browned and cooked through (160 degrees), place them on a platter with the bowl of dipping sauce and serve immediately.


*Both regular and thick bacon will work – the photos here show thick bacon, but I actually prefer regular bacon since it’s easier to wrap.
**At this point, you can leave the chicken to marinate for a few hours or overnight, if you wish. Refrigerate the partially cooked bacon along with the chicken and assemble shortly before you want to serve the bites.