Bring the flavors of everybody’s favorite sauce into your home with this recipe today! This homemade copycat Chick Fil A Sauce recipe is exactly like the restaurant’s signature sauce, but it’s made better-for-you, in just five minutes, and in the comfort of your own home. You only need five ingredients total!
Eating out when you’re trying to eat healthy can be tricky (but I try to make it easier for you!), so I love making my favorite restaurant’s signature dishes at home (just check out my Chipotle Corn Salsa!).
It saves me money, and it’s usually healthier (this recipe is Paleo and Whole30 compatible!), so I’m totally on board!
And today it’s my pleasure (get it?) to share how to make Chick Fil A sauce at home. “Eat more chikn!” is the Chick Fil A motto, but I’d take it one step further… “Eat more Chick Fil A sauce… on everything!”
Now if you’re here for the Whole30 goodness, of course Chick Fil A fries are not Whole30 compatible, because fries are not compatible unless you make them yourself (without deep frying), so just keep that in mind! I use this handy tool to make my own.
Chick Fil A makes their signature sauce with ingredients that include honey, soybean oil, corn syrup, refined sugar, and other additives.
And while there’s nothing wrong with that per se, those ingredients are NOT great if you’re following a Whole30 or Vegan way of eating or otherwise just trying to eat healthy.
That’s why I think it’s worth it to learn to make your own sauce! You get to customize the ingredients based on your dietary preferences and restrictions, and that results in a version that works for you! Now let’s compare, shall we?
- Restaurant Sauce, 2 Tablespoons: 160 calories, 15 grams fat, 7 grams sugar, 7 carbs, 0 fiber.
- Homemade Version*, 2 Tablespoons: 60 calories, 3 grams fat, 6 grams sugar, 8 carbs, 1 gram fiber.
*Important note: All nutrition information is estimated and can vary based on several factors, including the brand of ingredients used in your home. I’m simply placing the information side by side so you can get an idea of the nutrition facts and make your own comparisons.
The real food ingredients in this sauce are surprisingly simple. You may even have all of these ingredients on hand already! And if you do, well, you’re in business!
- Dates. Dates are the key to adding sweetness while still staying within Whole30 and Paleo restrictions! Alternately, you can use honey, stevia, or any other sweetener that works for other other dietary restrictions.
- BBQ Sauce. Use a sugar free homemade bbq sauce or your favorite store-bought brand!
- Mayonnaise. Choose a compatible mayo with no added sugar. If following a Vegan diet, use a plant based mayo.
- Yellow Mustard. Most brands of yellow mustard are already Vegan, Keto, and Whole30 compatible, but always check your labels!
- Lemon Juice.
How to make it
First, soak the dates in about 2 Tablespoons of warm water for at least 5 minutes, until softened. When dates are rehydrated, they’re softer, which will make them easier to blend up into a creamy, dreamy sauce.
Add all the ingredients (plus the date water) to a food processor or blender, then mix it up well! If you don’t have a food processor, you can mince the dates as small as you can, almost making a paste, then mix all the ingredients well.
To store leftovers: Transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for two weeks, unless the expiration of any of the products comes before that.
If you make this recipe at home, I’d love to hear what you think of it!
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Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar free mayo
- 1/4 cup sugar free bbq sauce
- 1.5 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 4 pitted dates soaked in 2.5 Tablespoons warm water for Vegan & Whole30. Alternately, substitute 3.5 Tablespoons honey (Paleo) or 20 drops liquid stevia (Keto), depending on your dietary restrictions.
- Soak the dates in warm water for about 5 minutes, until softened.
- Add all ingredients (including the date water) to a food processor or blender. Blend on high until creamy.