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When you make your own Chick-Fil-A sauce at home, you can get your fix 7 days a week—and put it on ALL THE THINGS! It’s creamy, tangy, sweet, and just a little bit addictive!

Glass bowl of Chick-Fil-A sauce, surrounded by nuggets and fries

It seems like every restaurant has their own special sauce, and 99% of the time that “special” sauce is a combination of ketchup and mayo. But Chick-Fil-A sauce is different—it’s, well, amazing. It’s like honey mustard mixed with barbecue sauce combined with mayo, all in one delicious dipping sauce.

Spoiler alert: Chick-Fil-A sauce actually is honey mustard mixed with barbecue sauce combined with mayo. Which means you can totally make it at home, and you might even have all the ingredients you need for it on hand already.

Just add waffle fries and copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets and you’re set!

Spoonful of Chick-Fil-A sauce dripping into small glass bowl of sauce

What Is Chick-Fil-A Sauce Made Of?

Each ingredient is important in this recipe, so I don’t recommend making any substitutions! If you do, you’ll probably still have a tasty dipping sauce, but it won’t be a copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce.

  • Mayonnaise – Use any brand or variety you like.
  • Honey
  • Mustard – A standard yellow mustard works here. You don’t need anything fancy!
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Onion powder

What Kind of Barbecue Sauce Do I Need?

I recommend a traditional, smoky barbecue sauce for this recipe. There’s already honey in the dipping sauce, so there’s no need to go with an overly-sweet variety of barbecue sauce.

Is There Ketchup in Chick-Fil-A Sauce?

Nope! The tomato-y element in this sauce comes from the barbecue sauce. In a pinch, you could use ketchup and add a few drops of liquid smoke instead of barbecue sauce.

Hand dipping waffle fry into Chick-Fil-A sauce

How to Make Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

There’s really nothing to this recipe other than mixing the ingredients!

Combine the ingredients. Stir together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Chill. Place the bowl in the refrigerator so the flavors meld and the sauce thickens a bit. If you’re making my copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets, you can make the sauce while the chicken rests, pop it in the fridge, then take it out once you’ve fried all of the nuggets.

How to Store

Store your copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If it separates a bit, give it a stir before serving.

Can I Freeze This Recipe?

No, I don’t recommend freezing Chick-Fil-A Sauce. Since it lasts a few weeks in the refrigerator, there’s no need to!

Hand dipping nugget into Chick-Fil-A sauce

Serving Suggestions

Here are my favorite ways to use this dipping sauce:

Glass bowl of Chick-Fil-A sauce, surrounded by nuggets and fries

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

When you make your own Chick-Fil-A sauce at home, you can get your fix 7 days a week!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 4 teaspoons barbeque sauce
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
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Instructions

  • Make the sauce in a small bowl by stirring together the mayonnaise, honey, mustard, barbecue sauce, lemon juice, and onion powder.
  • Set this in the fridge while you are frying the chicken so it can thicken and meld the flavors together.

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NUTRITION FACTS

Calories: 329 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 16 mg | Sodium: 318 mg | Potassium: 36 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 20 g

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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chick-fil-a copycat, dipping sauce, homemade chick-fil-a sauce
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Leslie

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

I'm really excited to try this new recipe - it looks great! I'm wondering if you would mind telling me if I have the correct proportions for your former sauce recipe since I'd love to still have access to it: 1 cup mayo, 4Tbsp mustard, 4 Tbs honey, 2 Tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp garlic powder. Thank you!!

Leslie

Thursday 31st of March 2022

@Julie Chiou, perfect, thank you so much! Haha it seems like I must double the recipe more often than not since that's what I remembered :D what can I say, I love it so much! Can't wait to give this new one a try too!

Julie Chiou

Thursday 31st of March 2022

yes, that's correct...this is the original (below) and your measurements are just doubled what they are :)

1/2 cup mayo 2 tablespoon mustard regular prepared yellow mustard 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon vinegar 2 tablespoon honey Salt and pepper to taste