Crispy Chicken Nuggets with Chick-fil-a Sauce

There are only a  few places that I will take my kids to eat. that I really enjoy too.

Chick-fil-a happens to be on the top of that list. There is just something about those waffle fries and that addicting Chick-fil-a Sauce. If you haven’t had their Chick-fil-a Sauce then you’re missing out. One packet is just never enough.

So with my time in the US running out, I knew it was time to re-create that mouthwatering sauce along with some tasty chicken nuggets.

I set out on a journey {aka – google search} and I found a few different recipes that looked complicated, and frankly just too much effort. I was about to stock pile the little sauce packets from Chick-fil-a when I found the key to the puzzle.

Buried deep within the comments section of one of these complicated posts was a short and simple comment from a lady who claimed to have been working at the exact location when and where this infamous Chick-fil-a sauce was invented.  Apparently they used 3 sauces already on hand to create their name brand sauce.

Coleslaw Dressing, BBQ Sauce, and Mustard.

That’s it.

Ok, that’s simple enough for me! 

So I set out to find the perfect combination of the three magical ingredients. This mystery woman also stated that their BBQ Sauce is really sweet, so the addition of honey may be needed to achieve proper Chick-fil-a Sauce status.

After a few trial and errors… I am happy to report that I have unlocked this Chick-Fil-A Sauce recipe.

It’s tangy, it’s sweet, and completely irresistible.

So now when I am buried 5 feet deep in some Canadian snow I can still enjoy me some Chick-fil-a Sauce!

If only I could bring the play-place with me too…

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Crispy Chicken Nuggets

The sauce with these Crispy Chicken Nuggets is tangy, sweet, and completely irresistible.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • peanut oil for frying


  • Fill fryer or heavy bottomed pot with at least 2 inches of peanut oil. Bring to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine remaining ingredients except chicken in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Add chicken and toss to coat. Let sit in fridge while oil heats up (10 minutes).
  • When oil is ready fry the chicken pieces in batches, until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes). Remove chicken from fryer and let drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Serve warm with Chick-Fil-A Sauce (recipe below)
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Chicken, Crispy, nuggest
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Chick-fil-a Sauce Recipe

The sauce with these Crispy Chicken Nuggets is tangy, sweet, and completely irresistible.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 163 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1/2 cup Coleslaw Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Honey BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey


  • Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Taste, and add more honey if it's too tangy. (All coleslaw dressings are a little different, but I tried Kraft and Marzetti and both worked great)
  • Store in air-tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Chick-fil-a, Sauce
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
31 Responses
  1. Lynnette

    Try Marinating your chicken breast overnight in left over dill pickle juice or in a salt brine and you will even be closer. It is one of the real secrets to good fried chicken

  2. Elliot

    You *NAILED* it on this one. I’ve tried and tried to find this recipe, never being successful. The variations have always been tasty……but this one, WOW…..Dead on.

    I was so pleased with it, (after a bit of the recommended tweaking…..but so slightly) that I made a bottle of it. Subsequently, I went to the local Chick Fil-a and got 3 packets of their sauce… a side by side, taste by taste, This is BY FAR THE CLOSEST match. The cole slaw dressing is really the answer that has brought this into an exceptional COPY-cat versus just close. NICE WORK! and thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Beverly

      for the Polynesian (I’m hooked on it) try Marqetti’s honey french dressing in the refrigerated salad section at the grocery…I already had it in the fridge for salads and found someone who said it’s a match. It sure appears to be. I had found a recipe but never tried it as I found that comment. If you want the copycat recipe found, send me your email and if I run across it (I should have it saved) I’ll pass it along, but try the Marzetti’s first I suggest

  3. This looks fantastic, Shawn! I love copycat recipes–and to be honest, I’ve never had Chick-fil-a (it’s a bit hard to crave it when you’re vegetarian)…but I do LOVE dipping sauces of every sort. I’m glad I’ll get to try this now in the comfort of my own home with whatever I choose to dip in it!

    1. Update: Just made this sauce last night for some bento box exchanges, and served it with zucchini fritters and kimchi pancakes–it went over absolutely splendidly. Thank you for sharing, Shawn!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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