Recipe Flash: Saucy Mama Finger Food

OTHER FINGER FOOD FAVES: Black Bean Cakes; Open-Faced Spinach Pie Bites; Smoked Mozzarella Tartlettes; Zucchini-Scallion Cakes

Hot off the heels of Cara’s family’s competing kugels, we quarter-life cooks have also embraced the spirit of friendly competition. Today’s Recipe Flash features our two entries in the Are You a Saucy Mama Contest. Our friends over at Barhyte Specialty Foods sent us a box of their Saucy Mama brand marinades and condiments to play around with. Our experiments resulted in two finger food faves, jazzed up with these fabulous new condiments.

We’ll leave the final decision to the Saucy Mama peeps, but in case you want to judge for yourself, try your hand at Phoebe’s Oven-Fried Chipotle Chicken Fingers and Cara’s Savory Bread Pudding Bites with Sweet Onion Marinade for your next party.

From our kitchen albeit small, to yours,



Savory Bread Pudding Bites with Sweet Onion Marinade

Makes about 16 bites

4 slices white bread or brioche
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade, plus more for serving
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the crusts off of each slice of bread. Now cut each crustless slice into 4 equal square. Arrange the squares in a shallow pan or bowl in one layer.
In a small bowl, beat the egg. Add the milk, Saucy Mama Sweet Onion Marinade, salt, and pepper. Pour this over the bread squares, making sure to drench them all.
Carefully transfer each square to the parchment-lined sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.
Using a spatula, flip each square. Sprinkle the tops with the shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 5 more minutes until the square are golden and slightly puffed and the cheese is bubbling.

Transfer to a serving dish. Serve warm or room temperature, with a small bowl of extra marinade for dipping.

Oven-Fried Chipotle Chicken Fingers
Makes about 10 fingers


1 pound chicken breast
1/2 cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle marinade
1 cup panko
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil and grease with olive oil or cooking spray.

Place the chicken breast on a work surface and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, frying pan, meat mallet, or other heavy object, pound the chicken until 1/2 inch thick. Remove the plastic and cut into 1/2-inch strips.

Place the marinade and panko in two separate shallow bowls. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and combine the remaining salt with the panko.

Coat the chicken strips in the marinade, then toss in the panko until fully covered in crumbs. Shake off any excess bits and arrange on the baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken fingers so they brown on the other side, and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the crust is brown.

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  • the urban baker

    both of these are the perfect “kid” food! I love making my kids chicken tenders. they are so easy and so much more tasty than what you get out of a box!

  • SeattleDee

    Saucy Mama appears on several other food blogs this week, but I’ve never seen the product shelved in the NW. The sweet onion marinade sounds pretty tempting ‘cuz I’m craving a bread bite.

    • Saucymamacafe

      Check out to buy the Saucy Mama products. They are mostly carried in specialty gift stores…

      • SeattleDee

        Thanks for the link. Saucy Mama’s blog has a ton of tempting recipes, and links to almost as many tempting food blogs. And to think, you’re just across the mountains in Pendleton!! I’m off on a product hunt tomorrow.

  • Steph

    I hope I can hide this post from Rodrigo until I find a decent grocery store over here…the chicken fingers look delicious!

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