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Popular Dipping Sauces At Chick-Fil-A

Learn which sauce you should add to your Chick-Fil-A nuggets and sandwiches.

Chick-fil-A is all about serving crispy chicken goodness, but they also have some fabulous sauces you should know about.

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While you could stick with plain old ketchup, trying one of these yummy sauces can make your favorite Chick-fil-A order even better!

While they only have eight sauces, which is a limited amount for a fast food restaurant, there is a decent variety of flavors. Whether you like mustard, barbecue, ranch, or something more exotic, they have a sauce you’ll love. 

I tried all eight of the Chick-fil-A sauces and provided reviews of each one below to help you decide the next time you visit a Chick-fil-A.

Some of the sauces are amazingly yummy, while others fell short of my expectations.

Best Chick-Fil-A Sauces

Keep reading to see what I thought about the Chick-fil-A sauces so that you know what to dip your chicken in!


Chick-fil-A Sauce

To start, let’s discuss the sauce that is Chick-fil-A’s namesake.

This dipping sauce can be difficult to categorize, but everyone can agree it’s delicious. It seems to be a combination of a classic honey mustard and a tangy barbecue sauce. 

The Chick-fil-A sauce contains smoke flavoring, tomato, hickory flavors, turmeric, mustard seed, paprika, and garlic for a well-rounded flavor that is hard to resist.

Unsurprisingly, it pairs beautifully with chicken, and it’s one of the most popular choices among kids and adults. 

As someone who is not the biggest fan of ketchup, I love that this is their default dipping sauce because it’s unique and savory. 


Barbeque Sauce

No fast food restaurant would be complete without a yummy barbecue sauce.

Chick-fil-A’s classic barbecue sauce is tangy and silky. While I enjoyed this barbecue sauce, it isn’t particularly inspiring. 

As far as fast food barbecue sauces go, this one falls in the middle. Barbecue sauce isn’t my favorite sauce for chicken, but I still choose this one from time to time.

This sauce is super popular among kids, and people love that it’s not too sweet and spreads well on sandwich buns. 

While it’s yummy for dipping, I find this sauce ideal on one of Chick-fil-A’s sandwiches because it brings an enjoyable texture and savory taste. 


Garden Herb Ranch Sauce

I am a lover of ranch dressing, and I was excited about this one. Chick-fil-A’s garlic herb ranch wasn’t bad, but it could benefit from more seasoning. 

The best part of this sauce is how thick and creamy it is. I hate a thin, watery ranch, so in that department, this sauce gets a ten out of ten.

I feel the name Garden Herb is misleading, as there this ranch doesn’t taste very different from a classic ranch. Still, if you love ranch flavor, it delivers as expected.

I like to mix it with the Zesty Buffalo sauce discussed below, creating a bold combination of creaminess and flavor. 


Honey Mustard Sauce

While this sauce is technically honey mustard, it leans toward mustard more than honey.

If you prefer extra sweet honey mustard that doesn’t have that bite of mustard seed, you probably won’t want to get this sauce. 

As someone who loves mustard, I thoroughly enjoyed this on my Chick-fil-A sandwich. However, the savory taste surprised me, as I was expecting a stronger honey flavor.

Most people agree that mustard would be better if it was a little sweeter, but it still offers a great flavor. 

It’s not spicy but has so much mustard flavor that it can have a biting taste that spices up your chicken dinner. For me, that’s ideal – but if you want a sweeter honey mustard, it might not be your favorite.


Polynesian Sauce

Chick-fil-A’s Polynesian dipping sauce is their take on sweet and sour. It has a bold and tangy flavor that combines sweet and savory for a stunning sauce.

I must say, this one takes the cake for me. It pairs perfectly with Chick-fil-A’s extra crunchy chicken tenders.

It has a distinct red color and a thick consistency that coats your chicken or fries in yummy sweetness. 

The sauce is a blend of sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, and secret seasonings. No matter what you order, this sauce will enhance the flavor, offering a tasty balance of sweet, sour, and savory. 

While not everyone loves to pair their chicken with a sweeter sauce, this is many people’s number one Chick-fil-A sauce. 


Sriracha Sauce

This Sriracha sauce is actually a combination of sweet and spicy.

Chick-fil-A’s Sweet and Spicy Sriracha sauce is the best choice for someone who wants to add some heat to their chicken. 

But like most fast food places, their spicy sauce isn’t that spicy, so don’t expect an explosion of heat. But it does bring some spice to your sandwich along with a sweet flavor. 

If you love sriracha, you’ll likely love this dulled version that has all the same spices and distinct tastes as the original hot sauce.

I adore this sauce with their waffle fries, as the seasoned, crispy fries go perfectly with a little heat and a creamy texture. 


Zesty Buffalo Sauce

I adore the Zesty Buffalo sauce from Chick-fil-A! For me, it checks all the boxes a Buffalo sauce should!

It has a kick of heat, but it’s not overwhelming, so you can still enjoy all the flavors of your Chick-fil-A chicken. 

It has plenty of acidity, consisting of vinegar and an assortment of spices. If you don’t like acidic foods, you probably won’t enjoy this sauce. It’s zesty and sharp with a medium level of spice. 

I love dousing my Chick-fil-A sandwich with this sauce. But be warned, it’s the thinnest sauce on this list – which is not unusual for hot sauce.

You can expect it to drip and likely make a mess, but the bold flavor and nasal-clearing effects are well worth it!


Honey Roasted BBQ

Unlike Chick-fil-A’s honey mustard, this barbecue sauce delivers on its promise of a sweet honey flavor.

I mentioned their classic barbecue sauce is less than exciting, but the Honey Roasted BBQ sauce is a different story. 

It has a smoky, sweet flavor that is ideal on one of the Chick-fil-A sandwiches. I love barbecue sauce, but it’s often not my first choice when presented with an array of options. 

However, this sauce has turned me into a barbecue believer, and I couldn’t resist ordering extra packers to keep in my fridge.

But if you don’t enjoy sweet barbecue sauces, you should stick with their other barbecue sauce, which offers a more traditional flavor. 


Best Chick-Fil-A Sauces

  1. Chick-fil-A Sauce
  2. Barbeque Sauce
  3. Garden Herb Ranch Sauce
  4. Honey Mustard Sauce
  5. Polynesian Sauce
  6. Sriracha Sauce
  7. Zesty Buffalo Sauce
  8. Honey Roasted BBQ

Final Thoughts

Chick-fil-A focuses on chicken, so each of these sauces pairs well with one of their sandwiches or their tenders. My Chick-fil-A obsession is the waffle fries, which are a match made in heaven with these sauces. 

For me, the Polynesian and Honey Roasted BBQ sauces were the best, as they were packed with flavor and offered a unique and unexpected taste. But you can’t go wrong dunking your chicken into any of these Chick-fil-A sauces!

Next time you go to a Chick-fil-A, ask them for some extra sauces so that you can try them all too! From spicy to creamy to sweet, all the sauces have something different to offer your yummy chicken meal. 

If you’re trying to eat healthier, check out the best Chick-fil-A salads instead, or check out secret menu hacks to try!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.