Have you ever been to Raising Cane’s? We accidentally discovered it when my sister was in the hospital a few years ago. I’d spent the night with her and once my mom came down from Ely to stay with her, Derek came down to pick me up. It was right around dinner time – we’d skipped out of the hospital just in time to avoid cafeteria food – and we passed this fast-food joint called Raisin Canes and decided to give it a try. Turns out they make like 5 things – southern style chicken strips, a killer dipping sauce, coleslaw, fries, and homemade lemonade. That’s it – the ONLY entrée on their menu is chicken strips (they’ll put chicken on a sandwich for you, but it’s still their same chicken strips). Anyway, turns out it’s the sauce that really makes the chicken strips and it’s what keeps us coming back. We tried to copy their sauce recipe the first two years we made chicken strips but just couldn’t quite get it. So this year when it came time to make sauces we started googling chicken strip sauces and fry sauces for alternatives and Zaxby’s copycat recipes were all over the place. So we figured we’d put Cane’s aside and try this out. Well when Derek went to taste it, his response was that this tasted a lot like Cane’s sauce. Funny, we stumbled onto a good recipe without even trying.
So why am calling this fry sauce when I’m talking about chicken strips? Well it does go pretty awesome on chicken strips but as we were eating almost everyone was dipping their French fries in this sauce. For chicken strips we were all over the place but for fries we all agreed – this sauce was great.
Here’s what you need:
Just add all the ingredients to a bowl.
And mix them together.
Now taste and adjust. Since I’ve never been to a Zaxby’s (we don’t have them in MN) I can’t say if this is truly a good copycat or not, and I didn’t follow the recipes I found exactly. I basically took the ingredients and added a little more of this and a little more of that until it tasted good to me. This is a great lesson in always tasting things as you make them, it honestly doesn’t matter if something is a perfect copycat if you like your version, especially if you like your version better.
Enjoy on fries or if you’re a rebel like me, put your fry sauce on chicken strips.
- 1 c mayo (recommend Hellmann’s light)
- ½ c ketchup
- 1 t garlic powder
- 2 t worchestershire
- 2-1/4 t black pepper
- 1-1/2 t seasoned salt
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste. Allow to chill in the fridge for an hour or so before enjoying.