Chick-fil-A Sauce (Copycat)

8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Chick-fil-A Sauce is an easy dipping sauce is slightly smoky with a hint of honey mustard that is perfect for dipping waffle fries and more!

This is the perfect Dipping Sauce that is just like your favorite fast food restaurant! You’ll love dippingSuper Crispy Fried Chicken and Tater Tot Waffles in your amazing sauce, as well as Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes.

Chick-fil-A Sauce is an easy dipping sauce is slightly smoky with a hint of honey mustard that is perfect for dipping waffle fries, nuggets and more.

Welcome to your new favorite sauce! The world famous sauce from Chick-fil-A Sauce is a famous dipping sauce that is favored by many fans and an addictive sauce everyone craves once they’ve tried it! Even though the original sauce is a bit smokier than this recipe, you can tweak the ingredients if you need more of the woodsy smoke flavor! Putting it together is really easy. It is just a matter of mixing all the ingredients together in proper proportion to get the perfect sauce you can dip just about anything in! 

This easy copycat sauce tastes just like the real thing which means you can have it anytime you want, whether there’s a national shortage of this sauce or not! Plus, because you’re making this classic dipping sauce at home, it will be a healthier guilt-free version you can feel good to serve your whole family at any time! 

There’s no more need to sparingly use the extra sauce packets you used to bring home from the restaurant for your grilled chicken sandwiches. Once you’ve made a big batch, you can enjoy this homemade dipping sauce with your favorite Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets and Chick-Fil-A Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Lemonade. A perfect flavorful sauce for any meal any time! 

Chick-fil-A Nuggets made with chicken breast meat and no pickle juice are an spot on copycat of the original nuggets without the hefty price tag!

How to Make Chick-fil-A Sauce at Home

This couldn’t be an easier recipe to make! It uses simple ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and only a half hour to set. 

  • Prep: Gather all the sauces and portion them into a bowl.
  • Mix: Mix it all with a whisk or fork until completely blended. If you use a blender, be careful to only rev the engine a second or two at a time as if you keep the blender on it will turn into more of a whipped consistency rather than a dippable sauce. 
  • Set: Keep it in the fridge for less than an hour to let the flavors set together. Then enjoy! (If you just can’t wait the full 30 minutes, it is totally understandable! You can just dig in right away! Honestly, we do too!)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Copycat Chick-fil-A sauce dairy free?

While this homemade sauce does not contain added dairy products like cheese or milk, it is made with mayonnaise which contains eggs. You’ll have to check the ingredients of the mayo and BBQ sauce. 

What does this Chick-fil-A Sauce taste like? 

This beloved sauce is sweet and savory and tastes just like the actual sauce! It’s got the perfect blend of sweet, creamy, and smoky tang that is held together by the subtle mustard zest. We promise you’ll love this copycat dipping sauce recipe! 

If you’re looking for another fry sauce idea, check out this other copycat In-n-Out Spread Sauce which is a spot on copy!

What BBQ sauce should I use? 

Nothing beats a classic barbeque sauce. There are funky BBQ sauces out there but this recipe just calls for the natural hickory smokey flavor of regular barbeque sauce. 

Is this Copycat Chick-fil-A sauce spicy? 

This creamy sauce does have some tang, but it’s not spicy per se. If you’d like to make it spicy, add a few splashes of your favorite hot sauce while mixing to turn up the spicy heat! 

Chick-fil-A Sauce takes just two minutes to make and is the perfect copycat!

Key Ingredients in Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce 

The basic ingredients in this special sauce can be easily found in any nearby grocery store. 

Mustard: This recipe uses a combination of mustards. Any regular yellow mustard or honey mustard is good to use. Dijon Mustard is a great option too because it has a more muted flavor that works well in sauces and for cooking (especially in other recipes that use pork).

BBQ Sauce: Smoky barbecue sauce is what gives it the deep, earthy flavor. if you want smokier, I’d suggest this smoky flavored sauce or using a bit of liquid smoke for more of a natural flavor.

Honey: Be sure to find and use real honey , not honey flavored syrup. Clover honey is good, as is wildflower honey. Bonus points if it’s local and raw honey. 

Mayo: You can find and use real mayonnaise from any store. Don’t substitute Miracle Whip. 

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How to Store Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce

  • Serve: Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce can be served for up to two hours before needing to be refrigerated again. If it’s being served out of the bowl, keep it covered so no bugs get to it. 
  • Store: Your sauce will keep in the fridge for a solid 2 weeks before needing to be remade fresh. Keep it in an airtight container. 
  • Freeze: This craveable sauce doesn’t freeze well because of the mayo. Try to keep this delicious sauce in the fridge and use as needed. 

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Chick-fil-A Sauce

Chick-fil-A Sauce is an easy dipping sauce is slightly smoky with a hint of honey mustard that is perfect for dipping waffle fries and more.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce , I use Sweet Baby Ray's
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to come together.
  • If your sauce doesn’t have that hint of smoke (in case your bbq sauce is sweeter rather than smoky) use a splash of liquid smoke.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Keyword: Chick-Fil-A Sauce Copycat
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Chick-fil-A Sauce is an easy dipping sauce is slightly smoky with a hint of honey mustard that is perfect for dipping waffle fries, nuggets and more. 
Chick-fil-A Sauce takes just two minutes to make and is the perfect copycat!
We loved this Chick-fil-A sauce, and we use it on grilled chicken, nuggets and salads!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Hey, what sort of yellow mustard do you use? Something like “French’s” or a typical hot English mustard?

  2. This was so good and satisfied my craving for nuggets withCFA sauce late one night. I’ll definitely make this again!

  3. My mom is a VERY picky person. She likes what she likes. One of those things is Chick Fil A….esp. this sauce. I made it today and she was blown away. ive been into the copycat recipe thing for a few years, but she was super skeptical. she said “Bravo!”.

  4. This was very good! It wasn’t a super thick sauce so I wonder if adding cornstarch would help thicken it. I added more mayo to thicken but that didn’t help. Everyone loved it though so that’s a good thing.

  5. I made this recipe and found that it was delicious! The only thing I would add is that if yours turns out watery at first like mine did you may want to add a small amount more of mayonnaise and a small amount more of yellow mustard. Delicious, Thanks!

  6. I just made a half recipe of this. And thought it was great! I’ve only eaten at Chick Fil-A twice. But really liked that sauce. Mine looked a little different and that probably depends on the bbq sauce you use. I did not add lemon juice because it didn’t sound appealing. But I can see how it could brighten the flavor a bit as long as it’s just a little. My sauce didn’t look the same and had flecks of pepper and spices in it from the bbq sauce. But dipping oven fried chicken tenders in this is a home run! Thank you so much!

  7. The recipe is fantastic!!! I added a pinch of cayenne pepper, regular paprika, and a teaspoon of liquid smoke. And to me it was a little too much mustard but other than that it made the recipe magnifico ????

  8. Delicious! I’m from New Zealand and became obsessed with Chick-fil-a sauce when I was in the US. Sadly we don’t have it here but I tried this recipe last night and it tastes really similar and definitely will be making again! Thank you so much!

  9. I just made this recipe. I had a little tub of the real Chick Fil A sauce with me, and did a taste comparison between the two. This is very much like the real sauce for the times I don’t have the sauce from the restaurant. I’m thrilled to have this recipe, I love this stuff!

  10. Not sure where Danny got his information, about the smoke (I seriously want to know) but if you look on the ingredients list of the sauce I saw paprika and natural smoke flavor as ingredients. So I added smoked paprika Which is very cheap and found on the seasoning isle in your grocery store or in the cupboard already.

    Thanks this recipe is very similar to my own, I created by looking at the ingredient list of Chick-fil-a sauce.

    Chick-fil-A® Sauce ingredients from the website:


    Soybean oil, sugar, BBQ sauce (tomato paste, corn syrup, vinegar, natural hickory smoke flavor, caramel color, spices, garlic*, onion*, natural flavor, oleoresin paprika), water, mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice, garlic*), distilled vinegar, egg yolk, salt, cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, mustard flour, natural flavor, xanthan gum, garlic*, calcium disodium EDTA added to protect flavor. *dehydrated.

  11. The ingredient chic Fila uses to add the smoky taste is torullia yeast. Amazon has it. A pinch in this recipe is all it takes.

  12. This recipe literally changed my life. !!!! This is the perfect amount of sauce for a $1.77 bag of frozen waffle fries at Kroger.!!!!
    Which is the perfect amount for 2 servings for adults like me who just want to eat a giant plate of waffle fries and chikfila sauce for dinner sometimes. I recently moved out of state far away from any chikfila. But after much desperation for a fix, I found this is literally just as good. ??? Ive been using this recipe for a while, but i literally just now made a batch and it’s sooo perfect ? I just had to come and thank the beautiful angel who posted this recipe. my waffle fries r in the toaster oven and I just want to eat this sauce with a spoon rn?? Life is good. Thank you so much for bringing this into my life.

    1. Chick fil a is amazing!!! Between their sauce and their lemonade I have to say is my favorite…if you ever go there definitely try out their lemonade!!! It’s amazing!!

  13. Sabrina, talkin’ about makin’ everyone happy, your Recipe is perfect, and the Kids are definitely Chick Filet Connoisseurs! We all love your Recipe, including that sauce! Now, I just need a Fry Daddy!
    God bless you and your gifts, and your Family.

  14. This tastes just like chic fil a sauce and I go to chic fil a all the time, it’s important to give it time in the fridge to let the flavor come together but after that it’s incredible.

  15. My daughter loves chick fil a sauce and we always take home as many as we can when we go there. I’ll be sure to try this recipe very soon. I have one question though…for how many days can this sauce be refrigerated?

  16. Tastes almost exactly like the real stuff, and that’s with store brand products. I’m sure it’ll be even more convincing with higher quality ingredients. Delicious. Bravo.

  17. I made this today and thought it tasted too mustardy. What type of mayo do you use? I am wondering if type of mayo would make a difference and maybe cut yellow mustard in half?

  18. I made this recipe last night. The taste was slightly off from the Chik Fil A sauce but I had cut all of the ingredients in half. I should have followed it exactly for the first try. Next time I’ll follow the recipe quantities exactly and I’ll bet it will be fabulous. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Unfortunately that’s the ingredient that gives it it’s distinct flavor so there’s really no substitution that would work…so sorry.