Comeback Sauce

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We’ve all got a favorite one of those fried chicken finger places.  And the truth is, the best part about them is the sauce that comes with the chicken.  Well, now you can make it at home!  This quick and easy sauce is GREAT with chicken fingers and just about anything else you can imagine – french fries, fresh veggies, salads, seafood, anything fried, the list goes on and on…  Apparently, this is a Mississippi thing, but we love it next door in Bama, too.  The one thing to watch out here is for the chili sauce.  Check out the photo of the ingredients – this ain’t no hot chili pepper stuff.


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder



  1. Combine ingredients and refrigerate several hours to allow flavors to develop.  Serve with everything!
Comeback Sauce
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Serves: a little over 1 cup
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup chili sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  1. Combine ingredients and refrigerate several hours to allow flavors to develop. Serve with everything!
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  1. You’re right, it sure is a Mississippi invention, though we include a few other ingredients over here. It truly is a very versatile sauce that is good on pretty much everything, but especially our beloved seafood!

    • And I LOVE you Mississippians for it, too! I originally tested this as nothing but a chicken finger sauce, but now that I’ve started trying it on other stuff, I want it on everything! It’s awesome!

  2. donna Eisnaugle says:

    Good for dipping French fries took!

  3. Rebekah Edwards says:

    Cant wait to try this recipe!! Stacy, you always have the best recipes!

  4. I have been making a similar sauce. I add poppyseeds. Good sauce like yours makes even so-so chicken better. Thanks.

  5. I made this today. We did discover that if company is coming I will need to double the recipe. It will definitely be at all of our bowkl game parties!

  6. This sounds so good for an ex Californian now living in Texas. I will make it for lunch today, Thank You for such a great sounding recipe.

  7. This sauce is so good with deep fried pickles! almost duplicates what they serve in some restaurants !

  8. This looks SO good, Stacey!! Now, I have one grocery store in town, and I know that there’s a Heinz chili sauce that’s usually w/ the ketchup, cocktail sauce, etc. Is that what I need to get?

  9. Sounds like the “fry sauce” they use in Idaho…..SO good!!! Definitely going to have to try it!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    And the Duke’s Mayonnaise!

  11. Is this sauce very spicy? My wife doesn’t like anything that is the least bit hot.
    Is there a substitute I can use for the Chili Sauce?

    • Terry, the sauce isn’t spicy at all. If you use just Heinz chili sauce, it’s just like flavorful ketchup. There’s no heat at all.

  12. Cindy Schottie says:

    This sounds wonderful. I usually dip my french fries in ranch dressing. Now, I have a new sauce to use on just about everything. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. How long will the sauce stay fresh in the refrigerator?

  14. I’ve used a lot of your recipes and liked them, but I think Jackie Garvin of Syrup and Biscuits has the best recipe for Comeback Sauce.

  15. Adam Aurich says:

    Utah calls this fry sauce. Invented in 1948 by Artic Circle. Migrated up to Idaho and parts of the NW. When did Missisippi come up with this? Just curious.

  16. How do I make this spicy?

    • You can add in some ground red pepper or even some sriracha to give it a kick.

      • I add Pick a Pepper Sauce to jack it up a notch. In the 1950’s the local Drive In Hamburger joint near the Univ.of Florida served it in medicine bottles and added Pick a Pepper Sauce and chopped dill pickles. Talk about good!

  17. Sounds yummy! Can you fix your typos? *top into to? Sorry ocd…

  18. I have never understood the appeal of this mayonnaise concoction but it was intended as a salad dressing and is definitely NOT for fried chicken!

  19. Andrew Berkshire says:

    Hi Stacey, I made this sauce on the weekend and loved the result!
    I tweaked the recipe a little bit by adding a pinch of sugar, a splash of lime juice and some ground dried chilis for kick.
    Keep up the great work!

  20. derenda mcdonald says:

    Try a Tbsp of brown sugar and a scant tsp of curry powder! Great on sweet potato fries!

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