McDonald's Sweet Chili Sauce copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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McDonald's Sweet Chili Sauce

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To celebrate the Olympic Winter Games in February 2010 McDonald's introduced this new Asian-inspired dipping sauce for the chain's McNuggets. The sauce quickly became a top-requested favorite and the cloning requests for it have been coming in. McDonald's says the sauce will only be available for a limited time, so I had to get on the case right away if I was going to reverse-engineer this one. It took me about eight attempts to discover the right proportion of corn syrup to granulated sugar for the perfect consistency and sweetness. Cayenne pepper provides the necessary kick along with chili sauce, which you can find at the grocery store where the Asian foods are parked. It also goes by the name Sambal Olek, or just Sam to its close friends. Use the McDonald's sweet chili sauce recipe as a dipping sauce for your home-cooked chicken fingers and nuggets.

You might also like my recipes for McDonald's hot mustardsweet and sour, honey mustard, and Szechuan dipping sauces.

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  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce (sambal olek)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
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      1. Combine the vinegar and water in a small bowl. Whisk in the cornstarch.

      2. Combine the cornstarch solution with the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir often until the mixture comes to a full boil, cook for 1 minute, then turn off the heat and let the sauce cool, uncovered. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

      Makes about 1/2 cup.

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Score: 5.00. Votes: 10
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Apr 21, 2015, 22:00

I made this tonight and it is so incredibly delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking of it. :) Now i need to go buy squeeze bottles to store it in. So good. Thanks for the recipe!

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Feb 7, 2014, 22:00

They do not have the sauce this problem! I have been making this clone for years. The cayenne makes it taste exactly like the original.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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