25+ Delicious Sauces for Chicken (Quick + Easy)

Wondering what sauces go well with chicken? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide of 25+ easy sauce recipes.

The BEST Sauces for Chicken

These are some of my favorite sauces to serve with chicken:

I’ll usually pick one based on the type of chicken recipe that I’m preparing. For example, a juicy roasted chicken is delicious with a rich, creamy lemon butter sauce. Grilled chicken calls for some homemade BBQ sauce. And chicken tacos are amazing with chipotle crema.

Pick one of your favorites from the list below, add a couple chicken side dishes, and you’re guaranteed an amazing dinner!

Don’t forget about the best wine with chicken options too.

Sauces to Elevate Your Chicken Dinner

Chicken breasts nestled in mushroom sauce.
Rich and velvety Mushroom Cream Sauce is perfect for chicken, steak, pork, and more! This easy 30-minute recipe is made with crispy pan-fried chicken breasts nestled in the creamy, umami sauce. A perfect family dinner!
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Plate of peruvian chicken on plate with green sauce.
Peruvian Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue.
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Overhead close up of chicken in white wine sauce in skillet.
Chicken in White Wine Sauce is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Crispy pan-fried chicken cutlets are nestled in a rich, creamy, and extra garlicky white wine sauce. It’s a 30-minute meal done in one skillet!
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Prepared gravy in small gravy boat.
Put your leftover chicken drippings to use in this surprisingly simple Chicken Gravy recipe! It’s easy to make with either roasted chicken drippings or chicken broth as the base and is loaded with deeply rich and savory flavors. Enjoy it as the ultimate compliment to your weeknight dinner or make it a part of your Thanksgiving menu.
Chicken Gravy
Spoonful of peri peri sauce.
Awaken your taste buds with Peri Peri Sauce, a classic South African condiment made with African bird's eye chili peppers, garlic, and citrus. Its bold, fiery flavor perfectly complements chicken, shrimp, vegetables, and more!
Peri Peri Sauce
Onion gravy in large skillet with spoon.
Learn how to make gravy without drippings using this red wine onion gravy recipe! Luxurious and incredibly savory, it’s an easy homemade gravy made from simple, yet flavor-packed ingredients.
Red Wine Onion Gravy
Chicken piccata in skillet.
This 30-Minute Easy Chicken Piccata makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner, but it’s also elegant enough for a dinner party at home. The lemon, garlic, butter sauce will have you licking your plate!
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Spoonful of creamy garlic sauce.
This 5-minute Creamy Garlic Sauce is an easy go-to sauce you can serve with pasta, chicken, shrimp, and so much more. The flavors are rich and savory, and will keep you coming back for more!
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Chicken mascarpone in skillet.
This chicken mascarpone is like your favorite chicken marsala recipe, but it adds in dijon mustard & creamy mascarpone cheese. It’s a rich dish that's easy to prepare but totally impressive.
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Jar of jerk sauce with spoon.
This authentic jerk sauce recipe is jam-packed with spice and an incredible blend of sweet, savory, herbaceous, and warm flavors. Each taste will transport you to the beaches of the Caribbean!
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Grilled chicken breasts on grey plate drizzled with spicy peanut sauce.
Chicken with Peanut Sauce is like chicken satay without all the work of skewering. Delicious grilled chicken is drizzled with a spicy Thai peanut sauce.
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Spoon stirring yellow herb sauce in small white bowl
This lemon butter sauce, made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your chicken dish craves! Switch up your go-to weeknight dinner recipes with this 10-minute sauce or add it to your favorite veggies for a quick, healthy snack.
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Chicken marsala in large skillet with spoon in sauce.
30 Minute Easy Chicken Marsala is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, but it’s also elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. The Marsala wine, bacon, butter sauce will have you licking your plate!
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Plate of grilled mango chicken with bowl of mango sauce and charred limes.
This Mango Grilled Chicken features a sweet and spicy mango lime marinade that caramelizes perfectly on a hot grill. Serve these chicken thighs at your next barbecue for an unexpected and tropical twist on your typical BBQ fare.
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Lemon caper sauce on spoon over small bowl.
This easy 6-ingredient lemon caper sauce has a delicious dimension of flavors and a velvety richness, making it the perfect match for fish, shrimp, chicken, and more! Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s a simple go-to sauce that always upgrades your weeknight dinner.
Lemon Caper Sauce
Overhead closeup of creamy mushroom sauce in skillet with spoon.
This extra creamy, incredibly flavorful Mushroom Cream Sauce is easy to make and on the table in about 20 minutes. It’s a rich, umami-forward sauce that’s fantastic spooned over chicken, pork, steak, and even pasta!
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Small bowl of aji amarillo sauce topped with habanero pepper and surrounded by french fries.
This Aji Amarillo Sauce is a spicy and versatile Peruvian condiment. Spicy yellow pepper paste is blended with creamy and tangy ingredients, leaving you with an outstanding dipping sauce, spread, or dressing.
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Curried chicken breast on bowl of couscous.
These Curried Chicken Breasts with maple syrup bake up deliciously fragrant in the oven. Serve them over a bowl or couscous or rice to soak up all those yummy flavors!
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Overhead shot of stir fry sauce in small glass jar next to pepper flakes and whisk.
Elevate your everyday stir fry with a simple, homemade Easy Stir Fry Sauce. It’s a 5-minute sauce made from pantry-staple ingredients, like soy sauce, broth, garlic, and ginger. No cooking required!
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SIDE VIEW OF BOWL OF GREMOLATA NEXT TO LEMON AND GARLIC CLOVES.
Learn to make Gremolata Sauce, a zesty Italian condiment that always adds fresh, vibrant flavor to seafood, chicken, steak, veggies, and pasta. All you need is fresh parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Bonus: customize it with more add-ins or use olive oil to transform it into a marinade!
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Hand holding spoon dipped into jar of buffalo sauce.
This Buffalo Wing Sauce recipe can be made mild, medium or hot to suit your taste preference. It's the BEST Buffalo Sauce and made with only 4-ingredients!
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Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.
This Chimichurri Sauce is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor. This cilantro chimichurri steak sauce is also delicious with chicken, pork, seafood and roasted vegetables.
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Overhead shot of small glass jar of honey mustard sauce next to honey wand and small bowl of mustard
This easy homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce recipe is made with just 4-ingredients and the perfect dipping sauce for chicken tenders, pretzel bites, veggies and so much more! It will be ready in 5 minutes! All you need to make it are yellow mustard, dijon mustard, mayonnaise and honey. 
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White bbq sauce in small jar with spoon.
This Alabama White BBQ Sauce is a rich and tangy twist on traditional barbecue sauce. Made with mayo, horseradish, and seasonings, the bold flavors pair perfectly with grilled meats and so much more!
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Chick fil a sauce on plate with french fries.
This homemade Chick-Fil-A Sauce tastes just like the real thing! A cross between smoky barbecue sauce and creamy honey mustard creates the ideal dipping sauce for chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, fries, and all of your fast food favorites.
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Sliced steak on plate drizzled with peppercorn sauce.
This easy Peppercorn Sauce is not only delicious on steak. It's great on chicken too! It blends simple ingredients to create a rich, creamy, and indulgent sauce with a kick.
Peppercorn Sauce
Hand holding jar of homemade bbq sauce
This Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe is so easy!  Made in just 15-minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. This southern sauce is delicious on brisket, pork chops, chicken, and ribs.
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Hand holding small bowl of mojo sauce.
This Green Mojo Sauce can be used for topping SO many different things. It’s loaded with fresh herbs, garlic and spicy peppers and it just perks up everything that it comes in contact with.
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Italian dressing in small cruet on metal tray next to lettuce.
This easy homemade Zesty Italian Dressing is made with a tangy mix of pantry staple ingredients and dried herbs. Use it on salads and roasted potatoes, as a zesty marinade for meats and vegetables, and so much more!
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Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Add some smoke and spice to your favorite recipes with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a boost to tacos, salads, and more!
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Bowl of mango salsa in serving bowl next to tortilla chips.
This sweet Mango Salsa has tons of flavor and flair! The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious with tortilla chips or on fish tacos.
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Crema arranged on plate with limes and cilantro.
This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema is ready in just 5 minutes. Better than sour cream, this Mexican condiment is flavored with fresh cilantro and lime juice to create a creamy and vibrant dressing, taco topping, or dipping sauce.
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Overhead shot of bottle of salsa taquera next to dried chiles and spoon with sauce.
Skip the jar of store bought salsa and make ​​Salsa Taquera instead! It’s a smoky and vibrant condiment that’s perfect for tacos, carnitas, grilled meats, and more. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor is extravagant!
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Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.
This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender. It's a great sauce for tacos or dip for tortilla chips!
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Close up of chicken drizzled with sauce.

25+ BEST Sauces for Chicken

Wondering what sauces go well with chicken? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide of the 25+ best sauces for chicken. Try this Peruvian Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce. It's packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Marinating Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Chicken:

Green Sauce:

Instructions

Chicken:

  • Puree garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, cumin, paprika, oregano and a pinch of black pepper in a blender.
  • Put chicken in a large ziploc bag and add marinade. Place in refrigerator and allow to marinate for 8 to 24 hours.

Green Sauce:

  • Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a blender process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grill chicken:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat (around 350-degrees). Remove chicken from marinade and shake off any extra marinade. Place on the grill grates. Let chicken cook for 5-6 minutes with the grill cover closed to maintain the heat. Use tongs to flip the chicken thighs. Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes. Use a digital thermometer to make sure internal temperature reaches 165°F.

OR – In oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and place the chicken pieces in a 13×9 inch roasting pan. Add 1 cup water to the pan. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, then tent the pan with foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked. (The internal temperature should reach 165°F.)
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Nutrition

Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1691mg | Potassium: 509mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 21.6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3.1mg

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