Copycat McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce

Yep, it tastes just like the stuff you get for your nuggets at the fast food chain. We made a batch of this copycat of McDonald’s sweet and sour sauce for dipping some homemade chicken nuggets. As a teen, and when I was in college, I ate my share of McDonald’s chicken nuggets. I always had them with the sweet and sour sauce, and I wasn’t shy about dipping either. Times have changed. Now I make my own nuggets and sauce.

Copycat McDonald's Sweet and Sour SauceThis sauce freezes well, so make an extra batch and keep some on hand for those times when you want a quick chicken nugget snack with a great dipping sauce.

McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 5 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lite soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Place all ingredients except the water into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Stir in the water.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering until thickened.
  5. Serve warm for dipping.


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