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Dipping Sauce Recipe for Chicken Tenders

If you’re looking for a delicious chicken tenders dipping sauce recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Once you make it, you’ll want to add it to your permanent recipe file. It will be a must-have for any future parties you host or potlucks you attend.

plate of dipping sauce and chicken tenders

This chicken tenders dipping sauce is an easy recipe that you can make with a few simple ingredients from any grocery store. It’s even good on chicken wings, fish sticks, a chicken sandwich, French fries, or anything else you like to dip.

This is one of my favorite sauces for busy weeknights. After all, it’s something you can whip up very quickly with common ingredients.

Next time you have a get-together with friends or family, offer a variety of foods and sauces for dipping. Another chicken dipping sauce we enjoy around here is this copycat recipe for Chick Fil A sauce.

Some of my other favorite easy sauce recipes are this sweet barbecue sauce and this amazingly delicious honey mustard sauce.

I highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.

Easy and Delicious Dipping Sauce

One of the things I enjoy doing whenever we have crispy chicken tenders, fish sticks, or other food that’s fun to dip is to make a different kind of sauce to go with it. 

This is a quick chicken tenders dipping sauce recipe that you can alter to suit your personal taste. It’s perfect to serve with a family dinner, potluck, or a game day get-together with friends. 

plate of dipping sauce with chicken tenders

Make some for your next party, and you’ll probably get asked for the recipe. It’s up to you whether or not to tell people how to make it.


There are only a few basic ingredients in this delicious sauce.

Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, orange marmalade, onion powder, garlic powder, and hot sauce

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Orange marmalade, melted in the microwave
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Mustard (dijon mustard or tangy yellow mustard)
  • Your favorite hot sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
dijon mustard and yellow mustard

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Please keep in mind that this is how we like the sauce. You can increase or decrease any of the ingredients you want. In fact, you can even add something that’s not listed here. The key is to make this versatile dipping sauce delicious for your family.

Here are some other ingredients to add or substitute:

  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic salt (instead of garlic powder)
  • Onion salt
  • Celery salt
  • Sweet chili sauce 
  • Honey (if you prefer a sweet sauce)
  • Sour cream
  • Spicy ketchup
  • Apple cider vinegar (for a tangy flavor)
  • Chopped yellow, white, or green onions
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper

How to Make Chicken Dipping Sauce

This recipe is super easy. If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know that there are only a few steps involved.

First, put the melted marmalade, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, hot sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder in a medium or small bowl. 

All of the ingredients in a bowl before stirring

Stir the ingredients until they are well mixed. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. I like to either cover the bowl with plastic wrap or put it in an airtight container overnight if possible.

stirred dipping sauce

Questions About Chicken Tenders Dipping Sauce

I make all kinds of sauces for chicken. Most of the time, I experiment with a variety of ingredients, and I almost always come up with something we enjoy. 

scooping dipping sauce from one bowl to another

Here are some questions you may have about the process:

Can You Make This Dipping Sauce Without Mayonnaise?

I’ve made many chicken dipping sauces without mayonnaise. Other delicious ingredients you may want to try are plain yogurt, sour cream, or softened cream cheese.

Can You Use Other Types of Fruit Preserves to Make Chicken Dipping Sauce?

Yes, you absolutely can! Pineapple preserves are an excellent alternative! If you can’t find pineapple preserves, simply purchase a small can of crushed pineapple. Then add a little bit of honey for sweetness.

How Long Does This Chicken Dipping Sauce Last?

I like to make enough dipping sauce for future meals and some of my favorite finger foods. This sauce lasts a couple of weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

dipping chicken into the sauce

Can You Serve This Dipping Sauce at Room Temperature?

Yes, it’s delicious either at room temperature or cold, straight out of the fridge. It should last at room temperature for several hours.

2 plates with chicken tenders and dipping sauce, with french fries on one of the plates

More Favorite Recent Sauce Recipes

I’m constantly experimenting with recipes. If I taste something at a restaurant or see something in a cookbook, I tweak it to try to make it better. 

Also, many of my recipes have been passed down through the generations. And there are some from other bloggers that we’ve tried and loved. Here are some recent recipes we’ve enjoyed.

lemon dill cream sauce on a plate with crab cake

Lemon Dill Cream Sauce – This delicious sauce is perfect for seafood. You can make it tart like I have it or add your favorite sweetener. That’s all up to you!

Balsamic Glaze – I love the sophisticated flavors that come through in this balsamic glaze without sugar. However, if you want it sweeter, then go ahead and add some brown sugar. It’s so good!

jar of balsamic glaze

Red Remoulade Sauce – This red remoulade sauce from Julia’s Simply Southern will make your taste buds so happy you’ll want to sing! It’s that good! And I love how versatile it is.

Homemade Seasoning for Meat – This spice blend will take any meat that you cook from so-so to absolutely amazing!

dry rub seasoning for meat

Sauce for Dipping or Drizzling

Whether you enjoy dipping food into sauce or drizzling sauce over your food, this is one you’ll love. And don’t be afraid to add an extra seasoning or two if you think it needs more flavor.

Yield: 8 servings

Chicken Tenders Dipping Sauce

plate of dipping sauce next to chicken tenders

Easy to make, this delicious chicken tenders dipping sauce will quickly become one of your favorites!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard (dijon mustard or yellow mustard)
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving with chicken tenders.


Taste the sauce after you mix it. Add more of anything that you think it needs, but just a little bit at a time.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 145Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 6mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 0g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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