This awesome Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce is like sweet honey meets tangy! It’s a ‘chicken dippin’ sauce‘ that you will want to dip all of your chicken (and more) into from chicken nuggets to chicken tenders to chicken strips! So, get this made and get dippin’!

Dipping chicken into Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce.
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Ingredients & Smart Substitutions

  • Mayonnaise: For the creamy base of the sauce, I used mayonnaise. If you don’t have any on hand, make homemade mayonnaise to use! Or, for a lighter sauce, use plain Greek yogurt as the base.
  • Ketchup: Ketchup adds a touch of sweetness to the sauce. If you prefer the sauce to be a little less sweet, just leave it out.
  • Honey: To help balance the tanginess of the mustard, I added honey. You could substitute maple syrup for the honey, but it will change the overall flavor of the sauce.
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds tanginess and just a subtle bit of heat. Yellow mustard can also be used.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, use soy sauce. Or, leave it out.
  • Garlic Powder: If you want a more pronounced garlic flavor, use minced garlic (1-2 cloves) instead of garlic powder.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: It is up to you if you add red pepper flakes, also called crushed red pepper. The more you add, the spicier the sauce will be!
Jar of Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce on a plate filled with crispy chicken tenders.

How To Use Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce

Yes, this is known as a ‘chicken dippin’ sauce’, but it is versatile and delicious enough to use in a variety of ways, more than just for chicken! Here are some options:

  • Dipping Sauce: Perfect for dipping chicken tenders, nuggets, or strips, of course. But, I also love it for dipping air fryer french fries, vegetables, pretzels, onion rings, or cheese sticks!
  • Sandwich Spread: Use it as a spread for sandwiches, wraps, or burgers for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Salad Dressing: Thin the sauce with a bit of water or vinegar to create a delicious dressing for salads or coleslaw.
  • Marinade: Use it as a marinade for chicken, pork, or seafood before grilling or baking.
  • Glaze: Brush it onto grilled or roasted meats during the last few minutes of cooking for a flavorful glaze.
  • Topping: Drizzle it over grilled vegetables, baked potatoes, or roasted sweet potatoes for added flavor.

Let me know your favorite way to use the sauce!

Overflowing jar of Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce next to crispy chicken.

How To Store Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce

To store creamy honey mustard sauce, keep it in a clean airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 1-2 weeks. When using it, give it a good stir to mix all of the ingredients together again.

Jar of Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce which is chickin' dippin' sauce.
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Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Try this amazing Creamy Honey Mustard Sauce recipe! Perfect for dipping chicken nuggets, tenders, and strips!


  • ½ cup (116 g) mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • To a small bowl, add mayonnaise, ketchup, honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (if using). Whisk together until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


This sauce had just the right balance of sweetness from the honey and tanginess from the mustard. Loved it!


This sauce would be so good on so many things, way more than just chicken! I would add a few more red pepper flakes for more of a spicy kick.


I tried the sauce on my salad. It was creamy and tangy, and the honey gave it just the right amount of sweetness. Definitely a keeper!


This creamy honey mustard sauce is going to be a hit at my barbecue! It was creamy, slightly sweet, and had a hint of smokiness from the Worcestershire sauce. Perfect for dipping!


I loved the creamy honey mustard sauce with my fries. It had a nice creamy texture and a great balance of flavors.

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