Heard of Zesty Buffalo sauce and wondering what it is and what it tastes like? Perhaps you are intrigued and maybe even want to try it. Well, today, I’ll be walking you through this widely popular condiment and will hopefully give you all the information you need.
That way, you’ll be in a much better position to make that decision; if you are ever presented with it!
So first and foremost…
What Is Zesty Buffalo Sauce?
Zesty Buffalo sauce is one of Chick Fil A’s signature dipping sauces. It is a hot sauce by design and is this popular sandwich restaurant’s unique twist on the famous buffalo sauce.
The truth is, Chick Fil A did not invent Buffalo sauce.
While there is controversy as to who is the original founder, all you need to know is that it dates back many years and was created with one purpose in mind – to be eaten with chicken wings.
In fact, the National Chicken Council date this sauce back to the 1960s – when leftover wings were eaten with hot sauce as a late-night snack.
It tasted so good it was put on the menu.
And the rest, they say, is history.
That’s if you believe those versions of events.
There are other claims it originated elsewhere, but I digress.
Nevertheless, despite being a sandwich restaurant first and foremost, and despite not offering wings on the menu, that hasn’t stopped Chick Fil A releasing their own version.
That’s where the ‘Zesty’ comes in.
That’s their addition, along with their own unique recipe that gives their sauce a particular taste and consistency.
We’ll be looking at that shortly.
But for now, all you need to remember is that if you see ‘Zesty Buffalo sauce’ – that’s Chick Fil A’s version specifically.
Regular Buffalo sauce is a little different.
And there are many brands and recipes for it.
From Sweet Baby Rays to Franks.
You’ll soon see what I mean.
What Does Zesty Buffalo Sauce Taste Like?
Zesty Buffalo sauce is a bold hot sauce with a smooth consistency and finish.
Some people have reported that this sauce is a little thinner than other buffalo sauces, although it still packs a flavorsome punch of spice with a hint of tanginess.
What Is Zesty Buffalo Sauce Made Of?
Zesty Buffalo sauce is made of distilled vinegar, vegetable oil, egg yolk, and a range of different herbs, spices, and flavorings.
If you are looking for the full ingredient list, then here it is, taken directly from the product page on the Chick Fil website:
So as you can see, aged cayenne red pepper is one of the first ingredients on the list.
That’s what gives it the kick.
It’s also quite a light sauce – only consisting of 25 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 1 gram of carbohydrate per serving.
What Does Zesty Buffalo Sauce Go Well With?
Zesty Buffalo Sauce goes well with several different foods, although in Chick Fil A specifically, it is a great dipping sauce for their waffle potato fries, nuggets, and chicken strips.
Of course, that does not mean you cannot add it to your sandwich either.
And, with this sauce now becoming more widely available and accessible (as we shall see in the section below), there is no reason why you cannot enjoy this with wings (even if Chick Fil A doesn’t sell them).
From there, well, the world is your oyster.
You can try it with:
- Scrambled eggs,
- Hot Dogs,
- As a glaze on pork,
Or you could mix it into other sauces, like mayonnaise, to make a creamy yet hot sauce!
Where Can You Buy Zesty Buffalo Sauce?
Zesty Buffalo Sauce is available in all Chick Fil A restaurant chains along with their online website. You can purchase small 21g portions for your meal, or you can purchase one of their large, 8oz squeezy bottles.
Along with this, some outlets will also sell the source too.
Perhaps the easiest place to find it is here on Amazon.
As you’ll see, you can order by count – from 10 all the way up to 100 individual packets of the sauce.
Zesty Buffalo Sauce – Chick Fil A’s interesting and delicious take on a classic, hot sauce.
It’s immensely flavorful, and while it is certainly hot, it’s delicious nonetheless.
I can only recommend that you at least try it the next time you visit Chick Fil A.
A small packet, and your waffle potato fries or a side of nuggets.
That’s all you need for a taste sensation.
Put it this way; you won’t be left disappointed!
Hi there. I’m Jeremy – a passionate food technologist with several decades in the food industry. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my experience, knowledge, and recommendations; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to nutrition for every sauce imaginable.