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What Is Chick-fil-A’s Polynesian Sauce and What Does It Taste Like?

By Lana Kisner | November 13, 2023

The Polynesian sauce is one of Chick-fil-A’s most popular dipping sauces. It’s also one of the first dipping sauces Chick-fil-A introduced in 1984 to pair with their chicken nuggets. It’s been a hit with the customers ever since, but some critics seem unimpressed. So, I tried the Polynesian sauce with a few Chick-fil-A menu items to find out what it tastes like and if it’s worth the hype.

What Does Chick-fil-A’s Polynesian Sauce Taste Like?

I tried the Polynesian sauce with Chick-fil-A nuggets.

I found the Polynesian sauce to be a perfect blend of sweet and sour. It combines several sweet ingredients with two types of vinegar to create a tangy dipping sauce that pairs great with Chick-fil-A nuggets.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. It was reminiscent of some other sweet and sour sauces, but it had a rich, sweet flavor that reminded me of molasses.

I also tried it with waffle fries, and while it tasted good, I didn’t like it as much. I think it’s best to pair it with their nuggets if you love a sweet, tangy flavor to go along with your chicken.

Chick-fil-A serves dipping sauces in 1 oz. containers, but you can buy the Polynesian sauce in 8 or 16 oz. bottles at many grocery stores. This comes in handy when cooking at home and trying it with other dishes, especially shrimp and pork.

What Are the Ingredients in Chick-fil-A’s Polynesian Sauce?

According to Chick-fil-A’s ingredient label, the Polynesian sauce includes a blend of sugar, corn syrup, soybean oil, two types of vinegar, tomato paste, mustard seed, paprika, and a few other flavorings and preservatives. The sauce is gluten-free, dairy-free, and doesn’t contain eggs or nuts, so pretty much anyone can enjoy it.

Do You Need to Refrigerate the Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce?

The individual 1 oz. packets do not have to be refrigerated because they are meant to be for immediate consumption, but Chick-fil-A recommends refrigerating 8 oz. and 16 oz. bottles after opening as written on the product label.

When I get extra sauces from Chick-fil-A in 1 oz. containers, I typically consume them quickly. But if you think you’ll hold on to them for a while, storing them in the refrigerator would help to keep them fresh longer.

All bottled Chick-fil-A sauces should be refrigerated after opening, though, and each bottle also comes with an expiration date.

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.