The dipping sauce mashup that KFC debuted in late 2022 combines a smooth and creamy ranch sauce with the sour heat of cayenne pepper sauce. You might expect that a homemade version is as simple as combining ranch dressing with Frank’s RedHot in a bowl, but that did not result in a good clone.
Creating my KFC Buffalo Ranch Sauce recipe from scratch was the way to go. It takes less than 10 minutes to combine these 12 ingredients in a bowl, and after 30 minutes in the fridge, you’ll have ¾ cup of the new sauce for dipping your tenders and nuggets, or as a spread on crispy chicken sandwiches.
The color of this sauce will not be as bright orange as the real one, which is colored with paprika and annatto extractives. If you want your sauce to be more orange like the original, add the optional red and yellow food coloring as specified in the recipe to brighten it up.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Frank's RedHot cayenne pepper sauce
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/8 teaspoon MSG
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- Pinch ground black pepper
- Pinch thyme
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 12 drops yellow food coloring
Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Cover and chill for 30 minutes before using.
Makes 3/4 cup.
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