KFC Secret Sauce Copycat Recipe

KFC serves some finger-lickin’ good chicken made with their secret set of 11 herbs. But we can all agree that their famous secret sauce enhances the chicken’s flavor even more. So, it’s not so much a secret anymore; learn how to make the infamous KFC secret sauce recipe! 

The colonel from KFC has been keeping plenty of secrets. Luckily, he let the recipe for this secret sauce slip away! I still remember the first time I tried this sauce. I loved it so much that I wanted to replicate the sauce recipe right away! 

Along with getting around with the fantastic recipe for the 11 secret KFC herbs and spices, the sauce was also worth a try. My first few attempts at making the sauce were utter failures, as I needed help figuring out all the ingredients that went into it. 

But with some more trial and error, followed by a lot of research, I eventually cracked the recipe! Now that I have sorted out this KFC secret sauce recipe, I wanted to share it with all of you, especially those who cannot wait to replicate it! 

Equipment Required For KFC Secret Sauce

I have mentioned all the equipment you need to make this recipe; having your equipment handy from the beginning helps a lot. You will also find the reasons behind using each of them. 

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: One essential piece of equipment for this recipe is measuring cups and spoons. They help you get precise measurements, which eventually help you get the proportions for the recipe and the flavor of the sauce right. 
  • Large Bowl: Mix everything in a large bowl to prepare the sauce. 
  • Whisk: A whisk will help you easily mix the ingredients and ensure the consistency of the sauce.

KFC Secret Sauce Ingredients & Substitution

Note: This recipe will give you ⅔ cup of sauce to serve eight portions. If you want to make more or less, you can adjust the quantities of the ingredients accordingly. 

In this section, I have mentioned all the ingredients you will need to prepare this recipe and all the ingredients you can substitute. 

  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise: You can use regular or light mayonnaise for this recipe if you like it better. Switch to avocado puree for a healthier alternative. 
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup: Ketchup will give the sauce a zingy and sweet flavor. 
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce: This will add a touch of umami flavor to the sauce.
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic: Mince your garlic pods well to ensure they release the most flavor. 
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard will give this sauce a kick of heat. 
  • 1 Dash Of Tabasco Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Paprika Powder

KFC Secret Sauce Preparation & Cooking Time

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
10 Minutes 10 Minutes

How To Make KFC Secret Sauce Recipe

  1. Add mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup to a bowl. 
  2. Now, follow that by adding minced garlic to the sauce.
  3. Add the Dijon mustard, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the sauce. 
  4. Now, add a dash of Tabasco sauce for heat. 
  5. Mix the sauce well, and it is ready in no time! 

Frequently Asked Questions About KFC Secret Sauce

Some Tips And Tricks To Make This Sauce Taste Better

Here are a few tips and tricks that will surely help you attain the best results with this recipe. As long as you follow these well, your sauce will surely turn out excellent! 

  1. Add a couple of dashes of oyster sauce instead of fish sauce for an extra kick of umami flavor. 
  2. Add a touch of acidity with some apple cider vinegar. 
  3. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar to make the sauce a little sweet. 
  4. Use minced onion and juice for an extra zesty flavor. 
  5. Thin the sauce out with some olive oil, and you can use it further to make marinades for meat. 

KFC Secret Sauce Nutritional Information

This KFC secret sauce recipe is moderately healthy. Even though the sauce does not have a very high-calorie content, it does contain a high amount of fat and sodium. 

Look at the exact nutritional values of this sauce, which are given below. 

Calories138 kcal
Carbohydrates2 g
Protein0.4 g
Fat14 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat8 g
Monounsaturated Fat3 g
Trans Fat0.03 g
Cholesterol8 mg
Sodium280 mg
Potassium36 mg
Fiber0.2 g
Sugar1 g
Vitamin A69 IU
Vitamin C0.3 mg
Calcium6 mg
Iron0.2 mg

Although this sauce has a high-fat content, it is good enough to accommodate an array of different types of diets. People on a keto, gluten-free, and lactose-free diet can all enjoy this sauce without any worries. 

Some Recipe Variations That You Can Try For This Sauce

To ensure everyone has a bite of this delicious sauce, consider some variations you can easily make to the overall recipe. 

  1. Vegan Diet: For a vegan diet, the only ingredient in this recipe that would not work is mayonnaise. So, instead of egg-based mayonnaise, you can switch to vegan mayonnaise, often made with soy or chickpeas. 
  2. Vegetarian Diet: Vegetarians, too, will only have an issue with the mayonnaise as far as the ingredients of this sauce are concerned. So, the mayonnaise can be replaced with egg-free, readily available alternatives. 
  3. Low-Sodium Diet: This recipe’s sodium content is a bit high, so it may not be the best option for those on a low-sodium diet. Hence, to reduce the sodium content, you can skip adding salt to this recipe and also skip adding Worcestershire sauce, as it, too, contains a lot of sodium. 
  4. Egg-Free Diet: People allergic to eggs must follow a process similar to vegetarians and vegans and opt for egg-free mayonnaise instead of regular. 

How To Store This Recipe

Storing this sauce is probably one of the easiest steps ever—even more so than making it! The sauce is meant for long storage periods, which is a huge plus. 

The sauce’s shelf life is about a week. Please look at how to store this sauce properly to ensure its flavor remains the best, even after days. 

  1. In The Refrigerator: The best way to store this sauce is in the refrigerator. To do that, transfer the sauce to an airtight container or a mason jar. Once done, please place it in the coldest part of the refrigerator; the sauce will stay fresh for at least a week. 
  2. In The Freezer: It is not recommended to store a mayonnaise-based sauce in the freezer, as mayonnaise generally does not freeze well. However, if you have no other choice, you can transfer the sauce to an airtight container or to a ziplock bag. But before you enjoy the sauce again, make sure to thaw it so it comes down to room temperature. 

Serving Suggestions With This KFC Secret Sauce

Are you wondering what to enjoy with this delicious and tangy sauce? Well, let me just tell you that the options are truly endless! Although most of us associate this sauce with the fried chicken from KFC, there is indeed so much more that the sauce would be great with! My favorite options are a lovely serving of chicken tenders or even chicken nuggets while sticking to the basics. 

However, if I am craving other options, I usually go for options like French fries, potato wedges, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, or even onion rings to go with this sauce. This sauce also adds a lot of flavor to grilled cheese sandwiches and tastes amazing alongside a hearty plate of freshly made baked chicken wings

Printable Version Of KFC Secret Sauce Recipe

KFC Secret Sauce Recipe

KFC Secret sauce is the ultimate sauce to accompany all your fast food cravings. Made with some simple ingredients, this KFC Secret sauce recipe is quick and time-efficient.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Portions
Calories 138 kcal


  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk


  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 dash Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika Powder


  • Add mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup to a bowl.
  • Now, follow that by adding minced garlic to the sauce.
  • Add the Dijon mustard, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the sauce.
  • Now, add a dash of Tabasco sauce for heat.
  • Mix the sauce well, and it is ready in no time!


Serving: 1Portion | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Keyword KFC, KFC Recipe, KFC Secret Sauce
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More KFC Recipes That You Can Try

Do you love all the things KFC has on its menu? I do, too! Although you can always go to KFC to enjoy its special treats, replicating them at home is equally easy! If you are genuinely fond of cooking like I am, I bet you cannot wait to replicate just about everything the restaurant chain offers! Look at some amazing KFC recipes we covered, which will give you great results! 

  1. Original KFC Chicken Drumsticks: We have you covered with this delicious recipe for KFC fried chicken, also packed with their 11 secret herbs and spices! 
  2. KFC Bowl: An elevated version of the humble fried chicken, this KFC bowl is packed with all things good and the most accessible fast food item to replicate! 
  3. KFC Nashville Hot Chicken: If you like your food with a kick of spice, especially some good old fried chicken, try this fantastic recipe for KFC-style Nashville hot chicken, which will have you licking your fingers.
  4. KFC Coleslaw: Your chicken needs a delicious and creamy side to accompany it! What could be better than this delicious coleslaw from KFC? 
  5. KFC Potato Wedges: Like fried chicken and fries, a match made in heaven, these potato wedges will also be the best accompaniment to your chicken meal! 


I hope you enjoyed reading this fun post on making the not-so-secret KFC Secret sauce. To get the flavors right, just like you get at the restaurant chain, I recommend being precise with the measurements of the ingredients. You can always experiment with the sauce recipe to add more flavor! 

I love that the sauce is easy to make and store and has a long shelf life. Of course, I cannot forget that it goes with so many recipes! So, what are you waiting for? Try this recipe as soon as you can, and let me know in the comments how it turned out for you and if you experimented with the ingredients! Happy cooking to you! 

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