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!
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!
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.
- 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.
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!
Here are my favorite ways to use this dipping sauce:
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets. Of course! Or if you don’t want to deep fry nuggets, try my Three Ingredient Chicken Nuggets instead.
- Garlic Sweet Potato Fries are perfect with this sauce, or try my recipe for Curly Fries, minus the horseradish mustard.
- Give your Homemade Mozzarella Sticks a kick and pair them with Chick-Fil-A sauce instead of marinara.
- And speaking of irresistible appetizers, this dipping sauce is amaaaazing with Fried Pickles.
- Use it on Beer Battered Fried Chicken Sandwiches.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- 4 Tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 4 teaspoons barbeque sauce
- 1 ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 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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