The Best Healthy Chick-fil-A Sauce. Really. (Vegan, Low-carb)

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This Healthy Chick-fil-A sauce is going to literally knock your socks off in more ways than one.

It totally tastes just like the real thing, is made with wholesome simple ingredients, is the easiest non-mayo based healthy Chick-fil-A sauce out there, and it’s allergy-friendly too!  

chicken strips and waffle fries with homemade chick-fil-a sauce.

If you love chick-fil-a sauce, you’re going to love this homemade version even more–(and you might just agree with me that this is the best copycat chick-fil-a sauce out there. I’ll explain why.

Oh, and I should mention that this sauce can be made sugar-free, vegan, keto, low-carb, gluten-free and paleo, nut-free, and soy-free too!

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What Makes This Healthy Chick-Fil-A Sauce Recipe Better Than Others?

Yeah, I know–everyone says that their recipe is the best right? But this recipe is special.

First of all, it tastes amazing; we can’t keep it around whenever I make it. But here’s what makes this chick-fil-a-sauce copycat so much more than that.

Second, it’s made from all healthy ingredients, but here’s where it becomes extra special.

Third, it’s allergy-friendly. It avoids eggs that’s in the mayonnaise that’s a main ingredient in so many chick-fil-a sauce recipes and uses nuts instead.

Fourth, you can use several kinds of nuts or seeds for it, so it’s easily adaptable even for those with nut allergies since most of the vegan chick-fil-a sauce recipes out there call for cashews, which is a no no for those with nut allergies.

And finally, here’s possibly the BEST part–with my handy dandy time saving tip, there’s no need to soak nuts, so this is definitely the easiest chick fil a sauce recipe out there. 

homemade chick-fil-a-sauce in glass jar on wood serving tray.

What Is Chick-Fil-A Sauce?

Chick-fil-A sauce is like the secret weapon of the fast food world. It’s this magical blend of sweet and tangy flavors that takes their already amazing chicken nuggets and sandwiches to a whole new level. It’s basically a combination of tangy, sweet, and a little bit of smokiness. 

If you’re like me, you fell in love with it the first time you had it, and you might have thought about ways you could grab some a lot of extra packets of the stuff the next time you were going to be at a your nearest Chick-fil-A. But now, you can make this healthy chick-fil-a sauce copycat recipe at home anytime.

What Does Chick-fil-A Sauce Taste Like?

The taste is kind of like honey mustard combined with a little thousand island and BBQ sauce.

Basically it’s seriously delicious. 

Why Make Your Own Copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce?

Obviously making your own sauce allows you to have total control over the ingredients and you can save a heap of money. 

Plus you can make this nuggets recipe and whip up a batch (or two) of this sauce and have a much healthier nuggets meal at home instead of factory farmed chicken and the following ingredients in the “real” Chick-fil-A sauce.

** soybean oil, sugar, BBQ sauce, water, yellow mustard, distilled vinegar, egg yolk, salt, tomato paste, cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, spices, mustard flour, and preservatives

No thanks to the soybean oil that’s almost for sure GMO, and I’ll skip the preservatives too, thank you.

homemade chick-fil-a-sauce with chicken strips and waffle fries on white plate.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Following is a list of ingredients used to make this chick-fil-a sauce copycat. For the full list, including amounts, scroll down to the recipe card.

  • Sweetener: We eat low-carb, but you can totally use honey or maple syrup, or whatever sweetener you like for this sauce.
  • Cashews: Cashews work great and yield a super creamy sauce, but this sauce tastes amazing made with hemp seeds too, and almonds even taste great. I’ve made it with almonds for our oldest who has a life threatening allergy to cashews and hemp seeds.
  • Lemon Juice
  • BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite sugar free BBQ sauce, or whatever one you like. I have a great recipe coming soon. Hint: a smoky barbecue sauce makes this even better.
  • Mustard
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Turmeric

How to Serve

Of course this chick-fil-a sauce is amazing for dipping chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, or waffle fries, but this delicious sauce is perfect for so many more things like…

  • as a salad dressing
  • as a wrap spread
  • on burgers
  • on a chicken sandwich
  • on any kind of sandwich (except maybe not on PB&J……ewwww)
  • as a potato topping
  • on veggies
  • drizzled on soup
  • as a pasta sauce (it’s great on spaghetti squash, too!)
  • for dipping fries or potato wedges
  • as a veggie dip
  • on a spoon or your finger (no, I won’t tell)

Instructions

Here are the simple instructions for making this sauce. For full directions, see the handy recipe card below.

Add everything to the blender. Blend.

Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes and Substitutions

Nut or Seed Options: I’ve made this recipe using both cashews and almonds and both have turned out great. The cashew version is a little creamier, but both are simply delicious.

I haven’t tried the hemp version yet but I know it will taste great. It will likely be a little thicker since more hemp fits in a measuring cup (less air space) so I think adding just a little more water will be needed. 

Sweetener Options: Really any sweetener can be used for this recipe. Just make sure to use whatever amount is a 1:1 for sugar, otherwise you’ll need to adjust for the difference.

Storage: This sauce can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. Stir leftovers before serving if separated. Freezing is not recommended.

hand dipping chicken strip into homemade chick-fil-a sauce.

More Easy Healthy Dip and Sauce Recipes

Try one of these healthy recipes for dips and sauces on for size (well, of course don’t put them on your body…you know what I mean)

Vegan Ranch Dressing – this goes with literally everything
Easy Sugar-free No Cook Ketchup – comes together in a flash and tastes great!
Dairy-free Zingy Avocado Dressing – great on burgers too
Honey Mustard Dressing (keto option) – the perfect amount of zing
Slightly Spicy Olive Hummus – the perfect combo of olives and hummus
Zesty Bean Dip – one of our all time favorite recipes

chick fil a sauce in small glass jar.

Healthy Chick-fil-A Sauce

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Course: Dressings, Seasonings, etc.
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Sugar-Free, THM:S
Keyword: healthy chick-fil-a sauce, vegan chick-fil-a-sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients (adding only 1 pinch turmeric, if using) to blender or food processor.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Add more nuts or water to reach desired consistency, if needed, and blend.
  • Add more turmeric if desired, and blend.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. It should keep for about a week or so.
  • Prior to serving, stir to blend if ingredients have separated.

Notes

Nut or Seed Options: I’ve made this recipe using both cashews and almonds and both have turned out great. The cashew version is a little creamier, but both are simply delicious.
I haven’t tried the hemp version yet but I know it will taste great. It will likely be a little thicker since more hemp fits in a measuring cup (less air space) so I think adding just a little more water will be needed. 
Sweetener Options: Really any sweetener can be used for this recipe. Just make sure to use whatever amount is a 1:1 for sugar, otherwise you’ll need to adjust for the difference.
Storage: Can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. Stir leftovers before serving if separated. Freezing not recommended.

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

I hope you like this healthy version of everyone’s favorite chicken dipping sauce as much as we do! It’s so good!
Please do let me know what you think after you try it.

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