I went to KFC and tried every dipping sauce they have. Here are my reviews.
When you think of chicken and fast food, Kentucky Fried Chicken probably pops into your head. That's because they are not only the masters of fried chicken, but they have also branched out to make chicken sandwiches, chicken & waffles, chicken pot pie, and chicken tenders, too. (Not to mention that they have gifted us with the concept of popcorn chicken, as well!)
With all of these different kinds of chicken comes new sauces to season them with—so I decided to do a taste test. I purchased a little of each sauce along with some chicken nuggets, and now I can share my reviews with you.
KFC Dipping Sauces
I hope you are prepared because I wasn't expecting to have such extreme reactions to the tastes of some of the sauces.
Finger-Lickin' Good Sauce
If it wasn't for the Hellthy Junkfood video I posted at the top of this article, I wouldn't be able to explain what this sauce tastes like as much as I am able to. It has such a unique taste, unlike anything I've tasted before.
I don't think they describe it completely accurately. The copycat they make seems like it would be more flavorful and tasty than this sauce was. This sauce wasn't bad, in fact, it's one of my favorites that they offer. It's really good, but it's weird.
It tastes like if you made all the eleven herbs and spices that KFC puts on their chicken and somehow made it into a liquid instead of a powder and then mixed that with honey mustard. Hellthy Junkfood describes tasting mayonnaise, ketchup, and other things, but I don't taste any of that. To me, there's no creaminess to it, just the spices and this tanginess of honey mustard that lingers at the end.
I absolutely hated this sauce. I'm not a ranch fan, though, so that might be part of the problem and you might like it if you love ranch. But personally, I gagged a bunch and almost threw up after trying it. I've never done that with any of the food I've reviewed online before this.
The big problem is the buttermilk. Buttermilk is great in pancakes and biscuits, but not in something rawer than that like a sauce. It just made it taste like sour milk and I love milk, but I love fresh milk, so it turned my stomach to taste it.
I haven't had a lot of different honey mustards, but this didn't seem like anything special. It's basically the taste you are expecting it to be and probably has a similar recipe as the other fast-food restaurants that sell this sauce.
This sauce surprised me. It was better than any barbecue sauce I've ever had. I want them to sell jars of this stuff in grocery stores and I want to buy all the jars!
I'm used to the stereotypical barbecue sauce that tastes sweet and full of spices. You can taste the brown sugar in it and the ketchup in the kind I'm used to.
This sauce, on the other hand, was completely different. It still tasted deliciously like stereotypical barbecue sauce, but it was so smoky, I could have sworn the chicken tender had come right off the grill and into my mouth.
I usually roll my eyes when I see the word "smoky" on any barbecue sauce label. Most of them do not taste smoky at all, even though they promise they do. And if they do have smokiness, it's very chemical tasting and gross. I usually consider smoky flavored barbecue sauce to be a bad thing.
But the KFC barbecue sauce has some kind of special recipe that genuinely makes any piece of meat taste like it's right off the grill. I've never been more impressed with a barbecue sauce in my life.
Sweet N' Tangy
I've had different types of sweet & sour sauce in my lifetime, and they always seem to fit into one of two categories. There is the bright red kind that's so sweet that it almost tastes like a syrup. There's not much sourness at all in it. And then there's the orange kind, which seems more authentic. You can taste the citrus in it and it has both a sweet and sour kick to it.
This sauce is like the orange kind, which I consider to be of higher quality.
I needed something to dip my sauce in so I bought some chicken tenders from KFC. They're all right. They really needed the sauce; they were kind of dry. I think KFC's popcorn chicken might be better chicken for dipping.
Fin from Barstow on June 09, 2020:
Well a nicely done evaluation. I'm curious about the barbeque sauce because I have actually never tried it. Good idea too.
I like the video you included.