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…

Crispy Chicken Nuggets
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • peanut oil for frying
  1. Fill fryer or heavy bottomed pot with at least 2 inches of peanut oil. Bring to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients except chicken in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let sit in fridge while oil heats up (10 minutes).
  4. 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.
  5. Serve warm with Chick-Fil-A Sauce (recipe below)
  6. Enjoy!

Chick-fil-a Sauce Recipe
  • ½ cup Coleslaw Dressing
  • ¼ cup Honey BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1½ tsp honey
  1. 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)
  2. Store in air-tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  3. Enjoy!


  1. These look wonderful!

  2. Oh that looks SO PERFECT!! Love those nuggets and sauce!!

  3. I happen to have never grown up and I still adore chicken nuggets with a feisty passion. LOVE THEM. And Chick Fil A’s sauce is to-die for. LOVE that you made your own!

  4. You know I love me some Chicky-Moo! We make them at home all the time, along with sauce too. Can’t wait to give your version a try. :)

  5. I wish I had chicken on hand so I could make this right now!

  6. Huge fans of CFA here! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  7. OMG, I LOVE this!!! And I love Chick-fil-a too!!! :) Thanks for sharing! Where in Canada are you moving too?

  8. 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!

    • 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!

  9. I’ve never had Chick-fil-a before but I know my kids would love it! Thx for sharing so now I can try it at home! Hope you move goes well!

  10. Those look awesome!

  11. If you need another challenge, I’d love to know the recipe for Chik Fil A’s Polynesian sauce!!! :)

  12. Thanks for sharing your great find (the sauce). I notice the peanut oil for frying the nuggets; how about if it’s any other oil will there be significant difference?

  13. I love CFA, but must admit loving the buffalo hot sauce. My daughter is a huge CFA sauce fan, I’m so in the mood for a spicy chic sandwich now!!

  14. 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.

  15. Lynnette says:

    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

  16. Actually, the sauce is made with Ranch, Honey Mustard and BBQ.

  17. What is Coleslaw Dressing?

  18. I want to find chicken on hand so I could make this right now. It is nice information. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing it.

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