Delicious for dipping or drizzing, this GAPS-friendly and paleo copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce is a tasty condiment that is sure to become a favorite quick! With only a few real food ingredients, you’ll find yourself making it just to have on hand…
A southern favorite.
If you’ve ever been to the south of the United States, you’ll have probably at least noticed the Chick-fil-A franchise. They’re pretty popular down here! And since, for fast food, they are the most professional and cleanest restaurant around, Chick-fil-A is pretty much the only place we will take our kids other than Chipotle. My husband enjoys their food, I enjoy their market salads, we all looooove their waffle fries (they’re the only potato thing I cheat on!), and most of my family pours their special Chick-fil-A sauce on everything.
Whenever I make home fries or chicken my hubby and kiddos are always rummaging through the fridge is search of a leftover package of the stuff. Since they use it like crazy, and it’s not sold in bulk, what’s a mom to do? Make her own, of course.
And also of course, homemade is 1000x healthier….
Before we get started on this recipe, I must confess something to you all: I’ve actually never had Chick-fil-A sauce. Not once. By the time we moved to the south where the fast food restaurants are plentiful, I was already neck deep in real food/traditional foods, and just about to embark on my GAPS Diet journey.
And while gluten-free their sauce may be (<- an unintentional rhyme!), paleo/GAPS-friendly it is most definitely not.
My family’s coveted Chick-fil-A sauce is full of:
Soybean oil, sugar, BBQ sauce [tomato paste, corn syrup, vinegar, natural hickory smoke flavor, caramel (color), spices, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, natural flavor, oleoresin, paprika), water, mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice, dehydrated garlic), distilled vinegar, egg yolk, salt, cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, mustard flour, xanthin gum, natural flavor, dehydrated garlic, calcium disodium EDTA. (Ingredients copied from the packaging on their website.)
Yum? Not really.
After a little research and about 1/2 hour of tweaking, I came up with something that my hubby declared perfect and *I* could even enjoy! And it only has 5 ingredients…
Homemade paleo copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce.
If you dissect all those ingredients above, you’ll notice that Chick-fil-A sauce is basically just a combo of BBQ sauce, mustard, and mayo ingredients. So to make this paleo version I pretty much combined those things in various quantities until I got something my family approved of. I exchanged the BBQ sauce with some paleo-friendly catsup, left the mustard as is (’cause mustard is still one of those things that’s pretty simple), and used my homemade mayonnaise for the base.
It’s super simple to make, and delicious! If you’re not in to making your own mayo, you can use store-bought. Just be careful, ’cause like the castup, mayo is one of those things that usually has a boatload of unnecessary ingredients.
Serve it up!
While my kids will 100% sit there and eat this paleo copycat Chick-fil-A sauce with their fingers, I prefer to serve it with celery. It makes a yummy dipping sauce or salad dressing! Of course, it’s great on wings and other chickeny things, too. And despite what Chick-fil-A would lead you to believe, it goes great with burgers, too. 😉
You can eat your paleo copycat Chick-fil-A sauce with:
- Whole30 Potato Wedges
- Meatload Sliders
- Whole30 Oven Roasted Crispy Potatoes
- Family Favorite Roast Chicken
- Easy Paleo Chicken Tenders
- Instant Pot Buffalo Wings
- Easy Sweet Potato Oven Fries
- Baked Cassava Fries
- Copycat Chick-fil-A Market Salad (use it as the dressing!)
- Easy Keto BBQ Wings
- Keto/paleo/Whole30 Easy Chicken Tenders
- Easy Baked Frozen Chicken Wings
- Crispy Potato Fritters
- Instant Pot Cassava Fries
- Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets
- Easy Sweet Potato Fritters
- Paleo/keto Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Crispy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets
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Paleo Copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce
Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use my 4-ingredient homemade mayo)
- 1/4 cup mustard (like Portland Organic or Heinz Organic)
- 1/4 cup catsup (like Wellbee’s or Primal Kitchen)
- 5-6 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a small jar until smooth.
Store covered in fridge.
I got the idea for my paleo copycat Chick-fil-A sauce from Trina Krug’s keto recipe. If you can’t have honey or are super in to counting carbs, you should try her version.