It’s an indisputable fact that honey mustard makes the best dip for chicken fingers and fries. The beloved condiment coats fried food like a dream, offering a harmonious balance of sweetness and tang to cut through the grease and salt of batter, oil and seasonings.
Of course, not all honey mustards are created equally — and not all honey mustards are imitable with limited culinary knowledge. Because each honey mustard lover has their own preferences, which can be as nuanced as a glass of wine in taste, appearance and texture, Rustwire Life rounded up nine of the most famous copycat recipes from chain restaurants and fast food joints. On this list, there’s guaranteed to be a sauce for every type of dipping boss. It is, after all, one of the easiest things to make with a typical base of mustard, mayonnaise and — you guessed it — honey.
Drizzle these iterations on salads, sandwiches and, of course, the aforementioned chicken finger and fry combo for a journey to tastebud bliss.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard
Whether you’re dousing a chicken sandwich or dunking a waffle fry, Chick-fil-A’s honey mustard is famously sticky without the sharpness of a dijon. It’s also on the thinner side, which can be easily replicated with this recipe from the Soccer Mom Blog that includes two types of mustard, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
Copycat Outback Steakhouse Honey Mustard
Step aside, Bloomin’ Onion. You’re not the only famous Australian food export. The national chain has become quite well-known for its simple, yet sinfully creamy take on honey mustard. This copycat recipe from Insanely Good Recipes contains only three ingredients, but it’s heavy on the mayo and will have you saying “crikey, that’s good.”
Copycat Wendy’s Honey Mustard
Wendy’s social media team may be notorious for trolling people and competitors on the internet, but the fast food chain doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk. And, frankly, it runs with an epic honey mustard that errs on the sweeter side, just ask Hot Rod’s Recipes, who cracked the copycat recipe code.
Copycat T.G.I. Fridays Honey Mustard
Sour cream brings an added layer of decadence to this T.G.I. Fridays honey mustard recipe from the chain that serves the oversized tenders dreams are made of. You can also use this sauce, created by CD Kitchen, as a dressing for salads in desperate need of some pizzazz and flavor.
Copycat Applebee’s Honey Mustard
What separates Applebee’s honey mustard from the bunch is the chain’s decision to use ground dijon mustard in its mix. This means the mustard seeds themselves are present and provide a wonderfully gritty mouthfeel that sets it apart from the neighborhood’s competition. This copycat version from Run Now, Pizza Later provides the ultimate at-home experience.
Copycat Chili’s Honey Mustard
This recipe was submitted to Food.com by a former Chili’s employee, so you know it’s legit (and very similar to Outback’s variety in unmistakable creaminess). Go full meta and add chili powder for a spicier kick on the traditionally sweet classic.
Copycat Zaxby’s Honey Mustard
This copycat recipe from Alyona’s Cooking tastes like the real thing. The secret? Ranch dressing and cayenne pepper, which spruce up your standard honey mustard by adding a touch of flavor complexity with herbaceous notes. Serve this to the kid who scoffs at practically any home-cooked meal watch as they become hooked in practically no time at all.
Copycat McDonald’s Honey Mustard
Did somebody say McDonald’s honey mustard sauce? I’m lovin’ it. In fact, I’m drizzling it on practically everything with this spot-on dupe that even adds Heinz 57 sauce for some signature tang. The Food XP‘s copycat recipe is perfect for those days when you can’t make it to the drive-through.
Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Honey Mustard
Longhorn’s honey wheat bread may get most of the love and attention, but it’s the restaurant’s honey mustard sauce that’s the silent star. Until now. One serving of this ultra-sweet Food.com recipe will dub you king or queen of the family’s kitchen. You may also be tasked with making ribs, but baste those bad boys with this sauce instead of barbecue and consider all palates to be inevitably pleased.
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