For 64 years KFC branded itself with the feelgood slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good,” but when the Coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020 that slogan didn’t feel so good anymore and the chain put it on pause. That also meant that KFC’s Finger Lickin’ Good Sauce, which I hacked here, was removed from the menu, and in its place KFC offers the new, and much better, KFC Sauce for dipping chicken fingers, popcorn chicken, and wings, or for slathering on a chicken sandwich.
Finger Lickin’ Good Sauce tasted similar to the dipping sauces you get at the chicken finger chains like Zaxby’s and Raising Cane’s. But this new sauce is different. This time KFC seems to have been inspired by the sweet-and-smokey creamy mustard sauce at Chick-fil-A.
For my KFC Sauce copycat recipe, we’ll use mostly regular Grey Poupon Dijon mustard, but since there are detectable mustard seeds in the sauce we’ll also bring in just a little bit of Grey Poupon Country Dijon. This type of mustard contains the mustard seeds we need to give our sauce the perfect texture and flavor.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon Country Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch salt
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Chill for 30 minutes, then stir before serving as a spread for sandwiches or as a dip for chicken fingers and nuggets.
Makes 3/4 cup.
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