Make your own Zax Sauce and dip your chicken and fries at home using this copycat recipe of Zaxby's signature sauce. A delicious dipping sauce for chicken and fries with ingredients you have at home.
When we moved to the south over 10 years ago, we fell in love with Zaxby's sauce. It's a creamy seasoned sauce for dipping your chicken and fries. It's the BEST. My recipe is the closest I've found to a homemade version. Many readers have tried it and loved it, too!
What is Zaxby's?
Zaxby's is a favorite fried chicken fast food restaurant here in the South. When we moved to Mississippi, we lived just down the road from one and ate there once a week. We found a way for our family of three (at the time) to eat for $10, including chicken tenders, fries and a drink for all. It was a treat.
When Judah was just two years old, he didn't eat much of his sauce so we would trick him and switch our empty tub out with his. It went something like this: "Judah, look at that thing over there!" He would turn his head, and we would quickly swap our package of Zax Sauce that was mostly eaten with his newly opened pack. He never noticed! We laugh about this story with him today.
When we moved to a different town, Zaxby's was no longer just down the street so I learned to make Zax Sauce at home by whipping up just a few staple pantry ingredients.
Here's what you need:
- Mayonnaise (I love Duke's, but any brand of mayo will do)
- Garlic powder
- Worcestershire sauce
- Black pepper
- Seasoned salt (such as Lawry's or Season All)
Scroll to the end of this post for the full recipe card with ingredients measurements and detailed instructions.
How to Make Zax Sauce
This recipe is as simple as it gets. All you need to do is whisk together the simple ingredients and its ready! I like to refrigerate at least 2 hours first and allow the flavors to blend so the full taste is there at first bite.
What Others Are Saying
I love the Zax sauce and always order an extra one. I tried your recipe and it tastes really good! Thanks for sharing. -Latanya
I made this the other night to go with some meatballs….IT WAS AWESOME!! Made it again tonight to go with some chicken, I want to try it on a burger next…move over Ranch, and make room for Zax Sauce! -Brenda
It is delicious !! Love it. -Barbara
I tried this and it was tasted exactly the same as the Zax sauce! Everybody loved it! -Emma
Zaxby's restaurants are starting to spread to locations as far north as Indiana, so if you haven't tried it out yet, go for it. And when you do, order an extra Zax sauce because once you eat that last drip of sauce, you'll want more. Trust me.
What to Serve with Zax Sauce
We like Zax Sauce as a dip for chicken strips or nuggets and french fries, or a spread on a chicken sandwich. It's also a great on burgers and other sandwiches, or as a salad dressing! Try also dipping your onion rings in and let us know what you think!
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This article was originally published November 2013 and updated January 2023.
Zax Sauce (Dipping Sauce for Chicken and Fries)
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, to allow the flavors to blend.
- Serve with chicken fingers and/or french fries, or as desired. (See notes.)
- Not only do we love this as a dipping sauce for our chicken and fries, but it is delicious spread on burgers and sandwiches, or used as a salad dressing!
- Nutrition information is an estimate only.