Vegan Chick-fil-A Sauce! There’s a lot to love about sauces: they’re deliciously dunkable, a perfect flavor-pop on sandwiches, and just down-right finger-lickin’ good!
Sweet, smoky, and tangy in all the right ways, this healthy, oil-free Vegan Chick-fil-A Sauce is so easy to make and sure to take plant-based nuggets, bean burgers, baked fries, and roasted veggies to a whole new level of irresistible goodness. A perfect blend zingy mustard, rich bbq sauce, and creamy cashews come together in this amazing dipping sauce. You won’t believe how much flavor is packed into this delicious copy cat sauce.
Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
Hi there, Ameera here!
This Vegan Chick-Fil-A Sauce is a tasty copy-cat version that is sure to make you want to eat baked fries every day of the week. Absolutely perfect and bursting with sweet, smoky, tangy flavor, you will love!
Tips for Success:
- Important Note: The above recipe only makes about 2/3 cup of sauce. We did this intentionally because we want you to make an informed decision about this recipe. We always double this recipe which yields about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups; however, doubling comes with some additional thoughts that you need to consider:
- Doubling all the Ingredients tends to make a more mayonnaise and BBQ style sauce. You may also wish to start on the lower side of the yellow mustard. You can always ramp it up later, if needed.
- Keeping the Cashews at 1/3 cup but Doubling all the remaining Ingredients will result in a more mustard flavored North Carolina Golden BBQ style sauce.
- Water: This recipe results in a beautifully thick barbecue sauce; however, you may find the need to add a bit more water to thin it out. It will continue to thicken up as it sits or if refrigerated.
- Cashews: You can also soak the cashews overnight if you wish. You can try to substitute with the typical cashew substitutions, silken tofu, white beans, or other nuts or seeds with the understanding that the flavor and texture will change accordingly. We have not tested any substitutions.
- Barbecue Sauce: It is very important to understand that the BBQ sauce used will highly influence the outcome of this sauce. If you use a “tangy” BBQ sauce, then this sauce will become “tangy”. The same applies if you use a “smoky” BBQ sauce, the end result will be more “smoky”, same with sweet, etc. We used our Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s Healthy Copycat). We think this BBQ sauce is the closest that we have found that mimics the flavors used in Chick-fil-A’s sauce. It worked perfectly for us. We loved it.
Leftovers and Freezing:
Leftovers will generally keep for 5 to 6 days in the refrigerator. Store in a covered container.
This sauce can be frozen; however, it is best eaten right after making. Freezing tends to make cashew-based recipes super thick. If frozen, for best results, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and finish up on the counter for an hour. You may need to add water or vinegar to loosen it up.
Pantry Products Used:
- Vegetable Stock: We use Pacific Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Stock. We love this brand because it is Whole Food Plant Based compliant, as it does not contain MSG, has no oil, and does not contain any highly-processed ingredients.
- Yellow Mustard: We used French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. Please feel free to use your favorite classic yellow mustard.
- Dijon Mustard: We used Koops Dijon Mustard. Please feel free to use your favorite Dijon mustard.
Kitchen Products Used:
- High-Speed Blender. We like this Vitamix Blender.
We certainly hope you give this deliciousness a try.
If you try this delicious sauce, we would love to know if you enjoy it as much as we do! Please leave us a review! Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram and tag us! We would love to hear from you.Print
Vegan Chick-fil-A Sauce
- Prep Time: 20 Minutes
- Total Time: 20 Minutes
- Yield: 2/3 cup 1x
- Category: Sauce
- Method: Stovetop (for cashews)
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Sweet, smoky, and tangy in all the right ways, this healthy, oil-free Vegan Chick-fil-A Sauce is so easy to make and sure to take plant-based nuggets, bean burgers, baked fries, and roasted veggies to a whole new level of irresistible goodness.
- 1/3 cup raw cashews *
- 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce *
- 1 Tablespoon low-sodium vegetable broth *
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon organic maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons yellow mustard *
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard *
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Pinch sea salt
- Place the cashews into a small bowl, cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then discard the water, then add the cashews into a high-speed blender.
- Then place all the remaining Ingredients into a high-speed blender along with the soaked cashews, and blend on high for one minute, scrape down the sides, and blend for another minute, or until creamy and smooth.
*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Serving: Makes 2/3 cup
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Wow!! This was Awesome Sauce! I put it on our burgers tonight (the Vegan Patty Melt Burgers just replaced the sauce with this one). I didn’t think my favourite burger could get better!!
You two really make our meals better (nutritionally and taste wise). Thanks!
Hi there Sandra 🙂
Yaaaayyy! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed this recipe on the Vegan Patty Melt Burgers. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome review with us. We appreciate you taking the time to write. We appreciate YOU!
-Ameera and Robin 🙂
Pretty please, do a MacDonad’s hot mustard copycat. I don’t even know where to begin. Not wasabi hot, Just an amped up bit on the mustard. Horseradish wasn’t the answer.
I haven’t tried chick fillet, isn’t in my area. Will sure try yours. I am really enjoying your salad dressings.
Hi there Cedars 🙂
Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We have never tried MacDonald’s hot mustard sauce. We will definitely have to check it out and see what we can do.
-Ameera and Robin 🙂
Thanks for this well-thought-out recipe! I’m slowly going vegan and had an unhealthy addiction to the chick-fil-a sauce. It isn’t a perfect match, how could it be? But it’s like 80-90% there! Next time I’ll double it, just making it as written it’s too mustard-forward for my taste. I used classic Ray’s and followed the measurements closely. Thanks again for a healthier alternative, will be making more!
Hi there Rose 🙂
Yaaaayyy! We appreciate your kind words and thoughts to make it a perfect match to suit your tastes. We are happy that you plan to make this recipe again. We appreciate you taking the time to write.
-Ameera and Robin 🙂