Chick-Fil-A first opened in Minnesota at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport, and I was so excited for my next work trip because I was totally grabbing lunch there before my flight. Then they opened up a location in Maple Grove which is about 20 minutes from my house. The line was SOOO long for at least a month after they opened, but we still had to try them once. I think it might have been because the franchise was new in Minnesota but when we ordered our spicy chicken sandwiches the cashier asked if we wanted a side of Chick-Fil-A sauce with it. Chick-Fil-A sauce? What’s that? Why did my friends and co-workers in North Carolina never tell me about this when they took me to Chick-Fil-A? Sure, we said, we’ll try some. Wow! It was awesome; add that to the chicken sandwich and it takes it out of this world.
Last year when we were trying to come up with some dipping sauces for our annual New Year’s Eve chicken strip meal we decided to see if we could make a copycat version of chick-fil-a sauce. Sure enough we found a winner!
I googled several recipes and found that everyone who posted this was using the same basic ingredients. I played with the amounts of everything and finally found what I thought was a winner. We’ve made it several times since. One of my favorite ways to use this sauce (besides chicken strips of course) is on grilled chicken sliders.
Here’s what you need to make it:
I always use KC Masterpiece original when I made this, it has the right smokieness in it to get the flavor just right. I’ve tried with my other favorite barbecue sauces and they just aren’t the same.
Add everything to a bowl.
Mix it together. Remember to taste and adjust.
You can allow it to chill or go ahead and use it right away.
Chick-Fil-A lovers will probably hate me for saying this, but I think the sauce is the best part of that franchise and since I’ve discovered how to make it myself I don’t go to the restaurant very often anymore. Guess that’s why companies guard their secret recipes so closely. Sorry Chick-Fil-A.
- 1 c mayo (I use Hellman’s light)
- 5-6 t yellow mustard
- 2 t lemon juice
- 4 T honey
- 2 T barbecue sauce (recommend KC Masterpiece original)
- Mix all indigents together in a bowl. Adjust to taste.