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McDonalds’ Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

If you prefer to dine in and eat REAL chicken in your nuggets, but still crave that delectable sweet and sour sauce of your local fast food joint, here’s a fantastic copycat recipe.

There’s a reason why they call it SWEET and sour, but we recommend that you don’t omit the corn syrup as that’s what gives this recipe the same texture as the restaurant version you’re used to.

McDonalds’ Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

You’ll Need:
1/4 cup peach preserves
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
5 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons COLD water

Combine all ingredients except the water & cornstarch in a blender. Puree the ingredients until smooth, then transfer them to a small saucepan.

In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water, mixing well.

Turn the heat onto medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Pour the dissolved cornstarch into the sauce as soon as it comes to a boil.

Bring the sauce back to a boil, reduce the heat slightly and simmer until thickened to the correct consistency you prefer. Remove from heat, cool, store in covered container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Makes about 3/4 cup.

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4 thoughts on “McDonalds’ Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe”

  1. i am not a fan of the sweet and sour sauce and mickey d’s, but my sister is a huge fan, i think i will try and make this for her birthday. thanks

  2. Though I haven’t had their sauce in a while, I made this tonight, and it’s pretty spot on. Sometimes the apricot flavor comes out a bit more than anything else, but for the most part, I think you nailed this.

  3. To make McDonald’s sweet and sour sauce, you need apricot preserves, Heinz 51 sauce, Italian salad dressing and soy sauce. Simply mix all these ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

    McDonalds Sweet & Sour Sauce at Home
    1 cup Apricot Preserves
    1 Tbs Heinz 57 Sauce
    1 Tbs Italian Salad Dressing
    1 Tbs Soy Sauce

    Mix them well until they get thoroughly combined.


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