Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce

Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce is one of the most popular sauces sold in the food chain and is great on chicken, pork, and beef! Now you can make it at home!

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Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce is one of my favorite sauces that they carry. I’ve loved it from the first time I ever tried it when I was in college and I’ve often told my husband how much it tastes like “tangy Catalina dressing.” I went looking for the ingredients and found it conveniently listed on their website.  Compared to a bottle of Catalina dressing, it looks quite convincing that we can make this sauce similar to that of Chick-Fil-A so I can enjoy it at home — in mass quantities!

A plate of chic-fil-a style chicken nuggets and a ramekin of polynesian sauce on a woven mat background.

Other recipes say they are copycat but use honey and apple cider vinegar and I’ve tried them. To me, they just do not taste like the original Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce at all. Strong in honey flavor, the original list of ingredients does not list honey at all. So I’ve made my version with a little bit of lite corn syrup but you can use any sweetener you prefer.


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Polynesian Sauce from Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular sauces and is great on chicken, pork and beef! Now you can make it at home!

Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce is one of the most popular sauces sold in the food chain and is great on chicken, pork, and beef! Now you can make it at home! This recipe yields 1-3/4 cups of sauce.
4.77 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 7 Servings
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 4 tsp Cider vinegar
  • 8 Tbsp Corn syrup (1/2 cup) [See Note 1, 2]
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


  • Whisk [paid link] together all the ingredients. Store any unused portion in a jar or airtight container for up to 3 weeks.


  1. lightly spray the measuring cup with cooking oil and the corn syrup will come out easily.
  2. If you prefer to use honey instead of corn syrup, substitute it at a 1:1 ratio.


Serving: 2ozCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 457mgSugar: 29gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin E: 1mgCalcium: 3mgZinc: 1mg
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34 thoughts on “Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce”

  1. Love it! Is there a way to make a much healthier version? Before, I bought a pint of the brand version and it was gone in a week and a half with just me. I feel like it’s better than cocaine. But I’m trying to eat healthier and regardless, desperately need a healthier version. Thanks for reading!

  2. I didn’t have corn syrup so I substitute it for maple syrup. It wasn’t tasting as good as I hoped so I added tons of cinnamon and IT’S AMAZING. Tastes super similar but it’s thinner than actual Polynesian Sauce.

  3. I followed another user’s comment and added dashes of garlic, paprika, onion powder and ground mustard. It was good. Not exact but will do in a pinch.

    • Well, they do have an awful lot of artificial flavors, colors, stabilizers and preservatives which adds to and alters the flavors. So, no, it could never be an exact recipe without adding citric acid and other stabilizers.

  4. I’ve been to chick-fil-a several times, but I’ve never had their Polynesian sauce. Sounds delicious and intersting. I can’t wait to make some for our next batch of chicken nuggets/fingers/wings.

    • Hi,
      I made the sauce recipe and we tasted it side by side with the real thing, and its really close we checked the ingredient list and added dried mustard powder 1/4 teaspoon, 1/4 paprika and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder and made it even closer, I used Honey since I always sub honey for corn syrup but it was really good; better with the spices we thought:)


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