It’s an indisputable fact that honey mustard makes the best dip for chicken fingers and fries. The beloved seasoning coats fried foods like a dream, offering a harmonious balance of sweetness and flavor to cut through the fat and saltiness of batter, oil, and seasonings.
Of course, not all honey mustards are created equal – and not all honey mustards can be imitated with limited culinary knowledge. Because every mustard lover has their own preferences, which can be as different as a glass of wine in taste, appearance and texture, Yahoo Life rounded up nine of the most famous copycat recipes from chain restaurants and fast food chains. On this list, there’s a guaranteed sauce for every type of dip. It’s also one of the easiest things to make with a standard base of mustard, mayonnaise, and—you guessed it—honey.
Drizzle these iterations on salads, sandwiches and, of course, the aforementioned chicken ring and stir-fry combo for a journey into flavor bliss.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Honey Mustard
Whether you’re slathering a chicken sandwich or dipping a waffle iron, Chick-fil-A Honey Mustard is famously gooey without the tartness of Dijon. It’s also on the thinner side, which can be easily replicated with this recipe from 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 famous for its simple but sinfully creamy take on honey mustard. This copycat recipe from Insanely Good Recipes only has 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 online, but the fast food chain doesn’t just talk the talk, it talks the talk. And, frankly, this is running with an epic honey mustard that errs on the sweeter side, just ask Hot Rod’s Recipes, who cracked the copycat recipe code.
Copycat TGI Fridays Honey Mustard
Sour cream brings an extra layer of decadence to this TGI Fridays Honey Mustard recipe from the chain that serves the oversized tenderloin dreams are made of. You can also use this dressing, created by CD Kitchen, as a dressing for salads that are 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 that the mustard seeds themselves are present and provide a wonderfully rough mouthfeel that sets it apart from the neighborhood 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 the Outback variety in unmistakable creaminess). Go full meta and add chili powder for a spicier kick to the traditionally sweet classic.
Copycat Zaxby’s Honey Mustard
This copycat recipe from Alyona’s Cooking tastes just like the real thing. The secret? Ranch dressing and cayenne pepper, which spice up your standard honey mustard by adding a touch of flavor complexity with herbal notes. Serve it up to the kid who scoffs at just about any homemade clock, as it’s hooked in almost no time.
Copycat McDonald’s Honey Mustard
Did someone say McDonald’s honey mustard sauce? I adore it. In fact, I pour it on almost everything with this spot that even adds Heinz 57 sauce for a signature Turkish Delight. Food XP’s copycat recipe is perfect for those days when you can’t make it to the car.
Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Honey Mustard
Longhorn’s honey wheat bread may get most of the love and attention, but the restaurant’s honey mustard sauce is the silent star. So far. One serving of this super-sweet Food.com recipe will make you king or queen of the family kitchen. You may also be tasked with making ribs, but slather these bad boys with this sauce instead of barbecue and consider that all palates are bound to be pleased.
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