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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauces

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Recreating at home versions of known and loved favorites can often seem intimidating. But just like with these two popular Chick-Fil-A sauce recipes, its incredibly worthwhile to learn.

Super easy, the original Chick-Fil-A sauce, a mustard and BBQ sauce combination, is the most popular sauce in our house. Second, the bright orange and tangy Polynesian sauce, also from Chick-Fil-A, is close behind.

The great thing is both copycat recipes are simple, with typical household pantry ingredients, and can be whipped up to really bring homemade chicken nuggets and sandwiches to the next level in about 5 minutes or less.

chickfila sauce in a white bowl with a side of fries

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

Chick-Fil-A notes on their website that this sauce is “Our classic dipping sauce with notes of honey mustard and a smoky tang.” And it is!

While going out to this restaurant is probably our preference (certainly the kids’ preference) its not always feasible. Timing, the availability for the restaurant to be open, finances – but that doesn’t mean that we cant enjoy the copycat culinary version of this infamous sauce that makes chicken next level. From dipping to drizzling, you will CRAVE this copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce once you learn not only easy it is to make, but also how readily the ingredients are available in your home right now. Make sure to try it with Chicken Minis too – a copycat recipe with your favorite breakfast!!

And while nothing can compare to the original, this comes pretty close! Double this recipe for a perfect party dipping sauce too!

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce Ingredients

We purchase entire bottles at the store and that is totally fine if you want the original but if you are out or are not anywhere near a Chick-Fil-A store, this recipe is a fantastic copycat for the original Chick-Fil-A chicken dipping sauce.

Here are the ingredients you need to have on hand to make the original mustard/honey/BBQ sauce that is perfect for a homemade dupe. Once verified all ingredients are on hand, move to next step in recipe!

  • mayonnaise
  • honey
  • barbecue sauce – note that the type of sauce you choose here will really alter the taste. Original Chick-Fil-A sauce has more of a Smokey BBQ flavor, but feel free to use any BBQ flavor you want.
  • prepared yellow mustard
  • lemon juice
copycat sauce in a bowl with a spoon

How to make Chick-Fil-A Sauce at Home

Combine real mayonnaise (like Hellmann’s), local honey, BBQ sauce (we use Sweet Baby Rays like in our Slow Cooked Baked Beans, lemon juice, plain prepared mustard and mix all ingredients well with a whisk.

adding all ingredients to bowl, mustard, honey, lemon
Can Dijon Mustard be Substituted?

Dijon Mustard is a more tangy mustard and often with seeds. It will alter the taste of the recipe, but is totally fine to substitute if need be. When we make the Outback Steakhouse Honey mustard, we do use Dijon.

What is the shelf life of left over Chick-Fil-A Sauce?

After about 3-4 days, I would make a new batch. Give any left overs a good stir prior to use.

What to serve with Chick-Fil-A Sauce

Dijon Mustard is a more tangy mustard and often with seeds. It will alter the taste of the recipe, but is totally fine to substitute. When we make the Outback Steakhouse Honey Mustard, we do use Dijon.

  • This original sauce is best with fries (of all kinds – waffle fries of course, steak fries, bistro fries, wedge or even curly!) and chicken nuggets.
  • Store any leftover sauce covered and in the refrigerator.
dipping fry into sauce

Polynesian Sauce Recipe

Do not mix the Chick-Fil-A Polynesian sauce up with traditional sweet and sour like a Chinese restaurant. This sauce is tangy and very forthcoming, great for homemade chicken sandwiches or air fried chicken tenders.

Only 3 ingredients needed, this bright orange sauce is a welcome addition to at home cooks that bring the restaurant quality to the kitchen table (without the commute!).

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce Ingredients

Now onto the second copycat sauce – Polynesian! Chick-Fil-A itself notes that this sauce is “A delicious sweet and sour sauce with a strong, tangy flavor.” Its great, again, for fries and chicken sandwiches!

  • Catalina salad dressing
  • honey
  • prepared mustard
sauce in a bowl with a spoon

How to make Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce

  • Combine together Catalina Salad Dressing, local honey and yellow prepared mustard.
  • Mix gently with a whisk.
  • Serve with sauce with chicken and fries.
  •  Store leftover sauce covered and in the refrigerator. 

What is Catalina dressing?

Catalina is a combination of flavors including  ketchup, vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, Worcestershire sauce, and oil.

Is Cataline and French Dressing the same?

While it may be tempting to substitute the two based on color, they are not the same recipe. That being said, feel free to invent your own sauce recipe!

adding all ingredients into a clear bowl for sauce recipe
dipping fry into Polynesian sauce

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce (Original and Polynesian!)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Two of Chick-Fil-A's most iconic and popular sauce recipes – traditional and classic Chick-Fil-A sauce with a sweet honey mustard BBQ flavor or Sweet and Tangy Polynesian Sauce.


Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons prepared mustard


  • For Either Sauce
  • Combine all ingredients together and mix well.
  • Serve with fries, chicken sandwich or chicken nuggets.
  • Store either leftover sauce covered, sealed and in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 339mg | Sugar: 16g

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