Chick-Fil-A Sauce recipe


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This copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe is spot on. It tastes just like the original. No need to spend a bundle on fast food combos when you’re craving rich, creamy CFA dipping sauce. Just make it at home!


A bowl of homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce next to genuine CFA waffle potato fries for dipping.


  • Uses common ingredients and pantry staples.
  • Just stir the ingredients together in 1 small bowl.
  • This is a 5-minute recipe.
  • Identical flavor to authentic restaurant Chick-Fil-A sauce.
  • This copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe is simple to upscale.
  • Making dipping sauce at home will save you money.
Homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce in a small glass jar with metal spoon next to CFA waffle fries and chicken nuggets.

We all know what makes the Chick-Fil-A experience special. The employees are attentive. Their trademark phrase “my pleasure” can make you feel like royalty. But the main restaurant draw is creamy, savory Chick-Fil-A sauce.

With prices spiraling out of control on everything, the cost of eating out has become ridiculous. Now more than ever, we’re all looking for ways to make our money stretch farther. We’re cutting back on trips to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and our favorite take-out restaurants like Chick-Fil-A.

Hand holding a spoon with DIY Chick-Fil-A sauce dribbling down into a small glass jar.

With this in mind, a friend and I headed to the kitchen and got to work. Our goal was to crack the code for authentic-tasting Chick-Fil-A sauce that can be made at home. After experimenting with different ingredient combinations and amounts, we achieved success! And the feeling was golden.

To all those copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipes out there with just 4 or 5 ingredients, we have something to say to you: no way. That’s not how you make it. Not if you’re after spot-on CFA flavor like we are.

Hand holding and dipping a real Chick-Fil-A waffle fry into copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce.

I know 2 former Chick-Fil-A employees. Their taste buds are keen to detect an authentic CFA dipping sauce against an imposter. They say this copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe tastes identical to the original restaurant sauce.

Now with this copycat recipe, you can make Chick-Fil-A dipping sauce whenever you’d like. Serve it with homemade chicken tenders and waffle fries. Make your own healthier fast-food combo! Once you start dipping those fries in the sauce, your taste buds will agree – it’s super authentic.

Hand with spoon lifting CFA dipping sauce up from a small white bowl. There's CFA food in the background.


  • Mayonnaise: This is the creamy base of our Chick-Fil-A dipping sauce. It makes the mixture rich, thick and delicious. I use Best Foods Mayonnaise. For an authentic CFA taste, do not use Miracle Whip.
  • Honey: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the sauce.
  • Yellow Mustard: Contributes both color and tang. Do not substitute with dijon mustard.
  • BBQ Sauce: Adds sweet smoky flavor to the CFA sauce. I consider Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce one of two flavor secrets for this copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds acidity and brightness to the mixture.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Adds a crisp woodsy taste, acidity, and a touch of delicious sour tang.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds the ideal amount of earthy rustic flavor.
  • Smoked Paprika: Contributes a bright red color along with rich smoky flavor and a bit of sweetness.
  • Liquid Smoke: This secret ingredient is key to making the BEST copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce. I use hickory-flavored liquid smoke that’s available at most large grocery stores.
The 9 ingredients for copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe.


  • STEP 1: Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  • STEP 2: Whisk or stir to combine.

Enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.

How to make Chick-Fil-A sauce in 1 bowl - all ingredients mixed together.


These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What is Chick-Fil-A sauce?

It’s the most popular dipping sauce at Chick-Fil-A fast-food restaurants. It’s used for chicken nuggets, chicken strips and waffle potato fries.

What does Chick-Fil-A sauce taste like?

This thick creamy dipping sauce is very rich. It tastes savory, smoky, slightly sweet and tangy. With hints of honey mustard sauce, smoky BBQ, and ranch dressing – it’s like a mashup of 3 different sauces.

Is it important to use smoked paprika for Chick-Fil-A sauce?

For true CFA flavor, use smoked paprika. Here’s an informative article from Cooking Light: There are 3 different types of paprika – sweet, hot and smoked. It matters which type you use.

How long does Chick-Fil-A sauce last?

Homemade dipping sauce does not contain preservatives like packaged restaurant sauces. If homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce is placed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge, it can last up to 5 days.

Does Chick-Fil-A sauce need to be refrigerated?

Homemade CFA dipping sauce must be stored in the fridge for food safety. It contains mayonnaise, an ingredient which must always be refrigerated. And once opened, packets of Chick-Fil-A sauce from the CFA restaurant must be refrigerated as well.

A small bowl of homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce with genuine CFA chicken nuggets and waffle potato fries.

more dipping sauce recipes

If you loved this copycat Chick-Fil-A dipping sauce recipe, get ready to make more yummy sauces at home. Each recipe is quick to assemble and wallet-friendly. Because we all love to save money and still enjoy good eats!

Hand dipping a CFA waffle fry into copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce.


Our flavor testers were former Chick-Fil-A employees. They blind taste tested this recipe against genuine CFA sauce from the restaurant. They were beyond impressed that the taste and texture of our DIY sauce was spot on!

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A genuine CFA waffle potato fry being hand dipped into homemade Chick-Fil-A dipping sauce.

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This rich flavorful Chick-Fil-A sauce recipe tastes just like the original. It’s tangy and creamy with a hint of sweet. Enjoy this dipping sauce with chicken nuggets and fries. Add it to your condiment line-up.


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  • 1/3 cup Best Foods mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke


  1. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. 
  2. Whisk or stir to combine. 

Enjoy CFA dipping sauce immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.


How Long This Sauce Can Last: Homemade dipping sauce does not contain preservatives like packaged restaurant sauces. When placed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge, it can last up to 5 days.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American
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