Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce

Chick Fil A Sauce to me, is almost as good as the Chick Fil A sandwich. Now it may be only my opinion, but I believe this recipe, while not the real recipe, tastes like the Chick Fil A sauce.

Be sure to use this sauce with Chick Fil A chicken nuggets.

homemade Chick Fil A sauce and chicken nuggets on a platter

Home of the famous Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwiches

Chick Fil A is famous for its chicken sandwiches. Its well-known slogan “EAT MOR CHIKIN” is very apt and makes cows happy. Serving a boneless, breaded chicken breast was a novelty for its time – it’s hard to believe, but no other fast food restaurant had a chicken sandwich on its menu.

Truett Cathy, Chick Fil A’s founder, experimented for years to finally arrive at the perfect chicken sandwich in 1964. That capital “A” means “grade A top quality.” Truett’s happy customers told him, “We like it, don’t change it again,” and it never has been. You are going to love this copycat Chick Fil A sauce when you make it at home.

Read more about Chick-Fil-A’s history.

More Yummy with Sauce

A Chick Fil A chicken sandwich is even more delicious when spread with Chick Fil A Sauce. I don’t have access to Chick Fil A’s recipe, but I believe my version tastes just like their sauce and is just as good.

Unfortunately, some people live in a Chick Fil A “desert”. If you don’t have a Chick Fil A around, you can make this famous sauce in your own kitchen and even enjoy it on a Sunday when all Chick Fil A restaurants are closed.

What Makes Chick Fil A Sauce so Good?

The sauce began as a happy accident when an employee who wasn’t paying attention put honey mustard dipping sauce into a dispenser containing barbecue sauce. This combination created something magical and led to the famous Chick Fil A Sauce. Now you can recreate their original sauce at home.

Somehow, this sauce’s blend of honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise is much better than any of those sauces alone. The taste is honey mustard with piquant undertones of barbecue – and the mayonnaise adds a smooth creaminess.

Chick-fil-A Sauce Ingredients – What Chick-fil-A Sauce is made of

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Honey – make sure you use one that is real honey, you want the natural flavor of the honey for this recipe
  • Yellow mustard – Use Heinz brand
  • Dijon mustard – this will give your sauce some zip to it, the distilled vinegar in this helps the flavor come through.
  • Mayonnaise – I personally like Duke’s or Hellman’s, you can use the mayo that you have on hand.
  • Barbecue Sauce – I recommend Heinz BBQ Sauce, if you can’t find this, choose a BBQ sauce with hickory flavoring. If you can not find Heinz use something that has a natural hickory smoke flavor.
  • Lemon juice – if you don’t have fresh, you could use 1/2 of the recommended amount if you want to substitute lemon juice concentrate
Chick Fil A Sauce ingredients

How do you make Chick-fil-a sauce from scratch?

  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Refrigerate sauce when not serving.

This sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Is Chick Fil A Sauce Dairy Free?

Chick Fil A Sauce does not contain milk, cream, or cheese. It does contain mayonnaise.

Is there sauce on Chick-Fil-A sandwiches?

When you order one of their famous chicken sandwiches they come plain. But you can select the sauce you enjoy the most. You may want a sauce with lots of spices, you may want to keep it traditional, or you might enjoy yours plain. True confession here, I ate mine plain for years.

Can You Buy Chick Fil A Sauce?

If you’re like many people and you can’t live without Chick-fil-A Sauce, you can ask for extra when you order at Chick-fil-A. You can also buy the sauce on Amazon along with the chain’s other tasty sauces – Polynesian, Garlic & Herb Ranch, and Zesty Buffalo.

Make Chick Fil A Sauce at Home

It’s super easy and perfect and it is the best copycat dipping sauce recipe for chicken, fries, or whatever else your heart desires.

homemade Chick Fil A Sauce and chicken nuggets

I hope you give this recipe a try! When you make your sauce at home, you enjoy it even more, when you make it with ingredients you already have on hand. This way, you can eliminate caramel coloring, corn syrup, soybean oil, and more. Best of all, this sauce can be made in a matter of minutes.

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homemade Chick Fil A sauce and chicken nuggets on a platter

Chick Fil A Sauce

Love Chick Fil A Sauce? Now you can enjoy it on a Sunday when you make it at home.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chick Fil A Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 97kcal


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon yellow prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Barbecue Sauce Heinz Classic Original Barbecue Sauce is recommended
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate the sauce when not serving.



This will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. SHOK

    Did somebody say ranch dressing? That’s what I read in her article, but there’s not a speck of it in her recipe! How’s it compare then, if that was the original recipe? No rating as I haven’t tried it yet. Just curious about this.

  2. Jodie

    5 stars
    Amazing!! Bonus was that I could make this egg and dairy-free by using vegan mayo! Kids keep coming back for more of this sauce!!!

  3. Fernando

    3 stars
    Delicious sauce (could be thicker), but not even close to the original. Would be a 4 star for the sauce as a stand-alone, but only a 2.5 to 3 star, since it’s supposed to be a copycat and completely misses the mark.

  4. Lyn

    When I was a teenager (before 1964) every drive-in restaurant had a fried chicken filet sandwich on its menu. The first fried chicken sandwich was probably eaten while leaning on a plow about 1650.
    Not sure what kind of imaginary milestone he’s claiming, but it’s ridiculous.

  5. John

    3 stars
    Followed the recipe and did not taste anything like Chik-Fil-a sauce. I even have a few packs to compare. This recipe tasted way too mustardy and more liquidy then the original.

    Maybe i used the wrong mustard and bbq? I used sweet baby rays BBQ, Gulden’s yellow mustard and Gulden’s brown mustard. I will have to try the Dijon brand. Maybe it’s vastly different?

    • Stephanie

      I think it is the type of mustard and BBQ sauce that is used matters a great deal. I would use a Heinz brand because they use Heinz in the store. So I would use Heinz honey mustard and Heinz BBQ.

  6. Stephanie

    5 stars
    Thank you so so much for this recipe! I made this Chick-Fil-A sauce and I honestly think it was better than the original, but they tasted super similar. I totally would make this sauce again. Also, I filmed a video comparing this sauce to the original Chick-Fil-A sauce. If you wanna watch, here it is:

    Thanks again for this awesome copy cat recipe!

  7. Carson Nelson

    4 stars
    It is really sweet when you make it. I recommend adding a little white distilled or apple cider vinegar to get the zing you get from Chick-fil-A.

    • Mark

      I was looking at the recipe thinking that the honey would make it sweeter than the real stuff. Probably depends what kind of BBQ sauce you use, too, since there are so many different kinds that range from sweet to sour.

  8. Katie

    5 stars
    I replaced the mayo for Marie’s cole slaw sauce and for me it really tastes like the original added a perfect amount of tang

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