Best 4 chicken nugget dipping sauce recipes that are sweet, spicy or in between. Great selection to enjoy with frozen or homemade nuggets. Of course you could use any of our chicken wing dipping sauces too which makes 7 to choose from!
We don’t just have one chicken nugget dipping sauce for you here, variety is king here right? I mean we all remember those little McDonalds nugget dip cups with all different flavors and you needed a few open at the same time. That is what made it fun, and delicious. (affiliate links present)
Chicken Nuggets Dip
Let’s talk for a minute about the star of the show first shall we? I mean they are all the same but way different at the same time. From frozen to homemade, oven baked to air fryer frozen chicken nuggets, we love them all. To me texture is very important though so this is probably my favorite method.
- If you like this crunch but looking for a healthier version, homemade air fryer chicken nuggets are the bomb.
- Homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken have hidden veggies in them too. 😉
- Also great after you reheat chicken tenders in air fryer the next day for sure.
- And my kids will use them all when enjoying a batch of fish nuggets made with cod or your favorite swimmer in the sea.
Below in the recipe card is a sweet and sour chicken nugget sauce that you will love. Other links to dips are in blue within this post to refer to.
Dips for Chicken Nuggets
Everyone has their own preferences. I bet you have tried a bunch between the ones they offer at McDonalds and Chick Fil A Sauce that we love on all the things, even their chicken patties sandwiches. That one is kinda’ a cross between a honey mustard and dijon or something.
Of course you can throw out plain ketchup, mustard, Ranch dressing or mayonnaise from your fridge in ramekins. For little ones they may not stray from the familiar until they get a bit older but they will likely get there. A few others that you might enjoy are;
- We make homemade fry sauce that is super simple and served a lot out here in Idaho.
- If you want some real heat you can make this spicy chicken nugget sauce that works well tossed on wings too.
- The other day I served broccoli with Velveeta cheese sauce on it. My girls dipped their meat in that and now it is on our list of musts too.
Goes to show you should always think outside of the box right? You just never know what you might like until you give it a whirl.
Homemade Sauces for Chicken
You can certainly mix up your own creations at home and you might make your own favorite recipe, you never know. If your sauce is too thick for your liking the best way to thin it out but add flavor at the same time is to use pickle juice instead of water! I know, genius right?
Something simple like your favorite barbecue sauce, pickle juice and a bit of Sriracha we have done before with chicken fingers or skinny fries chicken style. All our fry sauce is is mayonnaise and ketchup with some garlic powder and seasoned salt really. You can add real honey with your yellow mustard to make as sweet as you’d like.
What is the most popular dipping sauce?
Ranch dip is high on the list as well as bbq sauce and hot sauce. If you think about these they are usually available at fast food restaurants no matter what they are serving right? Keep these sauces at home and tweak them in different ways for nuggets and french fries for that matter.
At different fast food restaurants there would be other favorites that are specific o that location like Polynesian at Chick Fil A or their custom blend. Buffalo is something you would find most everywhere and a common selection for those who like heat and spicy.
Copycat McDonalds Sweet and Sour Sauce
For this one you’ll bring a bit of Asian flare into the mix. Add red pepper flakes to increase the heat or leave those out entirely so it stays mild for younger mouths. You are going to need the following simple ingredients;
- Start off with some soy sauce
- 1/2 c ketchup gives it the color you would expect
- A bit of white vinegar will give it that tang you want
- In order to get it thicker, use some cornstarch or arrowroot
- Whisk that with some water until smooth and add when it is bubbling over the stovetop
You can make this really fun during a family movie night too if you pour some of each into Dixie cups, on a plate for everyone. The perfect size for dipping and an easy clean up as you throw it all away when you’re done.
Making these sauces in bulk, or at least enough to enjoy a few times, is very possible and simple. I like to use these clear squeeze bottles you can write on with a sharpie. Write what is inside of each and store in the fridge. That way next time your kids want a snack they can take them all out and prep is a lot quicker.
Jump to recipe below for our sweet and sour nugget sauce and try a few others while you’re at it too. Which is your favorite?
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Chicken Nugget Dipping Sauce
- 1 pot
- Put a small saucepan over the stovetop on medium/high heat. Whisk together all ingredients except the water and cornstarch (that is to thicken at the end). Heat until it begins to bubble.
- Start with whisking in a small cup 2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water until smooth and pour that into sauce. Allow to bubble and thicken. If you want it thicker do the same with the remaining 1 tbsp cornstarch + water until thicker.
- Remove from heat, it will continue to thicken as it cools as well.