30+ Go-To Easy Sauces For Chicken

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It’s chicken night at your house, but how do you make all your favorite chicken wing, breast, thigh or even whole roast chicken dishes really sing?

Whether it’s a cooking sauce, BBQ marinade, dipping sauce, or a sauce to drizzle all over that you’re looking for, here are 30+ delicious easy sauces for chicken!

A spoon drizzling Greek yogurt lemon sauce over baked chicken on a white plate with pasta and green beans.

Looking for simple plain chicken recipes to serve with your choice of sauce? Try this air fryer rotisserie chicken recipe or these easy baked chicken thighs.

Cooking Sauces for Chicken

Marinara Sauce

Try out this incredibly versatile marinara sauce. You can bake chicken in it, pour it over grilled or roasted chicken, use it to make a chicken pasta bake, pair with chicken meatballs or even use it as a pizza sauce.

Closeup of a pan of homemade Italian marinara sauce with wooden spoon.
5 from 2 votes

The Best Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe (That’s So Easy To Make!)

Learning to make your own Italian marinara sauce is a game changer! Made with just pantry ingredients – canned tomatoes, LOTS of olive oil and garlic, fresh basil and seasoning.
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Cherry Tomato Sauce

Try out this cherry tomato sauce for the ultimate quick, easy and very tasty chicken sauce perfect for a midweek meal. These two recipes really showcase the juicy, tasty tomatoes! Classic Italian chicken pizzaiola with mozzarella or Spanish inspired chicken with chorizo… yum!

A closeup of someone spooning chicken and chorizo with cherry tomatoes out of a blue cast iron pan.
4.56 from 81 votes

One-pan Chicken And Chorizo With Cherry Tomatoes

Pile chicken, tomatoes, chorizo, garlic, basil and seasoning into a baking dish and bake until browned and bubbling. So delicious, and a perfect crowd pleasing easy dinner for the family or guests.
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Overhead view of chicken pizzaiola or chicken breasts in a cherry tomato and basil sauce with bubbling mozzarella on top on a green and white checked cloth with focaccia and a wooden spoon at the side.
4.50 from 2 votes

One Pan Chicken Pizzaiola (25-Minute Meal)

Just pan-fry chicken with garlic, pour canned cherry tomatoes (or regular chopped tomatoes) and some basil onto it, simmer, then top with mozzarella and grill … mmmm!
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Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce

The delicious sauce in this one pan dish is made with just a few main ingredients. It’s perfect for no-fuss entertaining. Just 15 minutes of prep time – the oven does the rest. You’ll be dreaming about that spicy peanut butter sauce!

A white baking dish of spicy peanut butter chicken from above with a red and green striped tea towel and ingredients around it
4.87 from 29 votes

Easy Spicy Thai Peanut Butter Chicken Thighs

If you like satay chicken, you'll LOVE this. It takes moments to whisk up the spicy peanut butter sauce and just around 40 minutes to bake. Sprinkle with spring onions, fresh red chilli and more peanuts and congratulate yourself on making such a delicious one pan chicken recipe.
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Lemon Feta Sauce

Here’s one of the simplest chicken sauce recipes ever. Simply pile tangy feta cheese onto thin chicken breasts, drizzle with bright lemon juice and olive oil, scatter over dried oregano and bake. Your dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes!

Most of a round black baking dish with thin chicken breasts baked with lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and lots of crumbled feta, all on a weathered blue background with lemon segments, a fresh oregano sprig and a blue tea towel around the dish.
5 from 5 votes

5-Ingredient Baked Chicken With Feta And Lemon

These juicy and tender chicken breasts with feta and lemon make a perfect crowd-pleasing midweek meal option! Simply cover thin chicken breasts with crumbled feta cheese, oregano, olive oil and lemon juice and bake for just 17 minutes. This is a restaurant-quality dinner that also happens to be gluten-free and keto-friendly, but no one will believe how easy it was to make.
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Honey Mustard Sauce

You barely need a recipe for this honey mustard chicken. It’s made with only 3 main ingredients – chicken plus a few pantry staples.

A closeup of baked honey mustard chicken and potatoes in a white bowl.
4 from 1 vote

‘No recipe’ baked honey mustard chicken

A recipe for delicious baked boneless chicken thighs in a honey mustard sauce. It's so easy that you won't even need a recipe after you've made it a couple of times. A perfect weeknight meal served with creamy mashed potatoes and vegetables that the whole family will enjoy.
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Creamy Pesto Sauce

You only need seven ingredients to make this simple creamy pesto chicken. Quickly pan fry chicken breasts, then combine pesto, mushrooms, parmesan and evaporated milk for a super delicious but lightened up creamy sauce.

Close up of creamy pesto chicken with parmesan and mushrooms in a cast iron pan
5 from 9 votes

Creamy Chicken Pesto Parmesan (15 Minute Meal)

Serve this creamy pesto sauce with chicken, pasta, potatoes, rice, or just by itself with some toasted fresh bread. The best part? It's on the table in barely 15 minutes!
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Chicken and Gravy

Why not try Fantabulosity’s seasoned chicken simmered in a rich, savory gravy for a comforting, cozy dish to serve over rice, mashed potatoes or noodles…yum!

Chicken and Gravy | Fantabulosity

Chicken and Gravy | Fantabulosity

An easy, one-pot comfort food dish made with tender bites of seasoned chicken simmered in a rich, savory gravy.
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Sauces for Grilled, Baked, Pan-Fried, Barbecued or Roasted Chicken

Lemon Butter Sauce

This is a fresh, bright sauce made with just 3 simple ingredients – plus optional fresh herbs. The best part? It will take you just 10 minutes to make it!

Closeup of someone's hand drizzling thick lemon, butter and herb sauce into a white dish of sauce on a marble background with checked tea towel, fresh thyme and lemons scattered around the sides.

10 Minute Lemon & Butter Sauce (For Chicken, Fish & More!)

Whether you feel like your chicken needs an extra little something, or you need a super quick and tasty pasta sauce or simple dip, this lemon & butter sauce is a great option! An incredibly versatile sauce, you can tweak it by adding fresh herbs, garlic, shallots and more.
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Greek Yogurt Sauce

This is a creamy and comforting sauce for chicken, but at the same time it’s on the lighter side.

A spoon drizzling Greek yogurt lemon sauce over baked chicken on a white plate with pasta and green beans.
5 from 11 votes

Chicken in a Greek Yogurt Sauce

Why not try baking chicken with a creamy lemon Greek yogurt sauce that's lighter than a sauce made with cream. When life gives you lemons, make this quick and easy one pot meal. Only 6 main ingredients, and the whole family will love it!
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Satay Sauce

These chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce are very simple to make. But they still pack in tons of umami flavour!

Chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce in a white bowl with rice from above on a white marble background.
5 from 4 votes

Easy Chicken Satay Skewers With Peanut Sauce

A really easy version of one of the most popular (not to mention delicious) Asian meals: chicken satay skewers. Mix together just one set of ingredients to make both a marinade and peanut dipping sauce.
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Tahini Sauce

Tahini sauce is creamy, nutty, lemony, and garlic-y. It’s versatile – delicious drizzled over plain chicken or chicken salad, or why not use it as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or bites?

A close up of a small dish of tahini dressing with a spoon drizzling tahini into the bowl
5 from 1 vote

Incredible 5-minute tahini dressing

This incredible creamy tahini dressing will rock your world – or at least your chicken dinners, salads and more! Just combine tahini with lemon juice, garlic, water and a bit of cumin and salt and you're done. This sauce takes just 5 minutes to make and keeps in the fridge for a week.
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Toum Garlic Sauce

Toum is a creamy garlic sauce popular in Lebanese cuisine. You’ll find it spread over pita bread to make shawarma wraps, served with grilled or roasted chicken or used as a dip with fries.

Homemade Toum Garlic Sauce |  Little Sunny Kitchen

Homemade Toum Garlic Sauce | Little Sunny Kitchen

Toum is a creamy garlic sauce made with 4 ingredients (garlic, oil, lemon, & salt). Often served at Lebanese restaurants with grilled chicken.
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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

This cauliflower alfredo sauce from the Healthy Epicurean is made with fresh or frozen cauliflower, lemon zest and juice, grated Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil and butter. Toss with fresh pasta, or yes, you guessed it, use as a sauce to pour over chicken.

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce | The Healthy Epicurean

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce | The Healthy Epicurean

Cauliflower alfredo sauce with fresh lemon, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan. Perfect served over pasta or use as pizza sauce!
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Katsu Curry Sauce

Better than take-out, this homemade katsu curry is ready in around 30 minutes. The curry sauce is one of the easiest sauce recipes – so easy to make with just a few ingredients.

A close up of a plate of chicken katsu curry on a checked green cloth
5 from 1 vote

Easy chicken katsu curry (with air fryer version)

Golden, crunchy chicken drizzled with a tasty but easy-to-make curry sauce. This is the ultimate Japanese comfort food.
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Tonkatsu Sauce

Similar-but-different to the katsu curry above, this chicken katsu is very easy, and very crispy. Who needs to order takeout when you can have this on the table in just 45 minutes?

A close up of crispy chicken katsu on a white plate
5 from 1 vote

Super crispy chicken katsu

This super easy version of Japan’s answer to fried chicken could easily become a go-to week-day meal that everyone will enjoy!
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Peri Peri Sauce

Make your own homemade ‘Nando’s’ style chicken with this fantastic easy recipe from the Mad Creations Hub.

Homemade Peri Peri Sauce | Mad Creations Hub

Homemade Peri Peri Sauce | Mad Creations Hub

A quick & easy recipe with no cooking required! Have a delicious sauce ready in no time.
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Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce is a delicious, bold and vibrant sauce. It’s perfect to take your home-cooked chicken dishes to the next level in a few simple steps.

Romesco Sauce (with Roasted Garlic) | Cooking For My Soul

Romesco Sauce (with Roasted Garlic) | Cooking For My Soul

This easy homemade Romesco sauce is packed with so much flavor thanks to the secret ingredient- garlic!
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Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Yes, fruit tastes wonderful with chicken, too! Juicy blueberries are blended with chipotle seasoning and smoked paprika to make the perfect easy homemade sauce for roasted chicken.

Blueberry BBQ Sauce | Quiche My Grits

Blueberry BBQ Sauce | Quiche My Grits

This Blueberry BBQ Sauce is loaded with sweet and smoky flavor that promises to be the hit of your next backyard barbecue!
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Creamy Paprika Sauce

This Creamy Paprika sauce is super flavorful and versatile but is really easy to make.

Creamy Paprika Sauce Recipe (Low Carb, Gluten Free) | Stem and Spoon

Creamy Paprika Sauce Recipe (Low Carb, Gluten Free) | Stem and Spoon

This rich and creamy paprika sauce is great with chicken. It’s easy to make and shines with the wonderful flavor of paprika.
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Mushroom Sauce

This mushroom sauce from What a Girl Eats is a simple but flavorful pan sauce that goes perfectly with chicken.

Mushroom Sauce | What a Girl Eats

Mushroom Sauce | What a Girl Eats

This easy mushroom sauce is ready in 15 minutes and is delicious served over chicken.
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Sour Cream and Chive Sauce

This creamy sour cream sauce from Life as a Strawberry is packed with fresh chives, easy to make ahead of time and is perfect for drizzling over chicken.

Warm Sour Cream and Chive Sauce | Life as a Strawberry

Warm Sour Cream and Chive Sauce | Life as a Strawberry

This is a warm sour cream and chive sauce that works so well with chicken, baked potatoes and a whole lot more!
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Chermoula Sauce

This easy Chermoula sauce recipe from Garlic and Zest has a blend of smoky, punchy herbal flavors and is a great way to elevate chicken dinners and more.

Chermoula Sauce | Garlic and Zest

Chermoula Sauce | Garlic and Zest

Chermoula sauce is a traditional North African condiment that will liven up any chicken or vegetable dish.
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Peruvian Aji Sauce

This creamy Aji Verde sauce from Cupcakes and Kale Chips is a fresh and spicy Peruvian Green Sauce that will liven up any dish with bright flavors and a kick of heat. Often served with roast chicken, it’s also delicious with grilled meats and veggies.

Fresh & Spicy Aji Verde Sauce | Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Fresh & Spicy Aji Verde Sauce | Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Aji Verde sauce is so creamy but light, and made with easy-to-find ingredients.
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Chicken Dipping Sauces

Tomato Salsa

Next time you’re tempted to buy salsa from the store, why not have a go at making your own fresh tomato salsa at home? This makes a delicious, simple dinner spooned over chicken.

Closeup of a dish of 10 minute tomato salsa from above
4.85 from 13 votes

10 Minute Fresh Tomato Salsa

Making your own fresh tomato salsa is simple, delicious and only takes 10 minutes. Perfect with Mexican food, in wraps, on top of fish or meat, or just scooped up with tortilla chips as a snack. Yum!
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Tsatziki

Tsatziki (or tzatziki!) is one of Greece’s best known dishes. A refreshing creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, and garlic, it takes just 10 minutes to make this super easy version at home.

A closeup of a brown ceramic bowl of authentic Greek tsatziki with a spoon and with fresh dill and olive oil on top and on a wooden board and blue background.

10 Minute Greek Tsatziki Sauce (Super Easy!)

Simply mix Greek yogurt with cucumber, garlic, dill and lemon juice for a go-to healthy sauce that's equally as delicious on souvlaki, with grilled meats and potatoes or on its on as a dip.
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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Use this sweet and sour sauce as a dip for chicken fingers, to season a stir fry or to brush onto grilled meat or seafood.

Sweet and Sour Sauce | Dinner at the Zoo

Sweet and Sour Sauce | Dinner at the Zoo

This sweet and sour sauce is a homemade version of the classic Asian sauce that takes just minutes to make and uses pantry ingredients.
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Avocado Lime Crema

Avocado lime crema perfectly combines the richness of ripe avocados with the bright punch of fresh lime.

Avocado Lime Crema | A License to Grill

Avocado Lime Crema | A License to Grill

A deliciously creamy sauce that adds a bright and beautiful punch to your favorite dishes. This avocado lime crema is loaded with garlic, cilantro, and a touch of lime juice.
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Buffalo Sauce

This homemade Buffalo sauce by The Forked Spoon is tangy, spicy, and super flavorful.

Buffalo Sauce Recipe | The Forked Spoon

Buffalo Sauce Recipe | The Forked Spoon

Homemade Buffalo Sauce is so easy to make at home using simple pantry ingredients. Tangy, spicy, and so much better than store-bought buffalo wing sauce, this recipe takes just 5 minutes to make and tastes delicious with everything.
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Creamy Lemon Tarragon Dipping Sauce

 This Creamy Lemon Tarragon Sauce from the Rustic Foodie is a great all-purpose dipping sauce made with sour cream, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard.

Creamy Lemon Tarragon Dipping Sauce | The Rustic Foodie

Creamy Lemon Tarragon Dipping Sauce | The Rustic Foodie

This Creamy Lemon Tarragon Sauce recipe is easy and made with sour cream and Dijon mustard. Great for dipping chicken!
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Chicken Wrap Sauce

This Chicken Wrap Sauce from Corrie Cooks has the perfect balance of creamy, tangy and spice. The combination of mayonnaise, yogurt, and spices creates a rich and creamy texture while keeping it light.

Chicken Wrap Sauce | Corrie Cooks

Chicken Wrap Sauce | Corrie Cooks

An easy 5-ingredient chicken wrap sauce that’s creamy and full of flavor. Perfect for wraps, burgers, or as a veggie dip. Ready in 5 minutes.
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Parsley Pesto

This easy Parsley pesto sauce from Souvlaki for the Soul is a fresh and inexpensive alternative to basil pine nut pesto. It’s bright and lemony with a gorgeous green hue. This easy, 5-minute recipe is so delicious stirred through chicken pasta, baked with chicken breasts, or as a chicken dipping sauce.

Easy Parsley Pesto with walnuts & Lemon | Souvlaki for the Soul

Easy Parsley Pesto with walnuts & Lemon | Souvlaki for the Soul

Bright and lemony with a gorgeous green hue, this tasty sauce can be used as a dip for chicken tenders, or in a multitude of other ways.
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So there you have it, 30+ sauce ideas to serve with chicken. Whether you’re planning a simple midweek meal for the family or treating guests to a delicious feast, I’d love to hear about any of these recipes you’ve been inspired to try out. Leave a rating and comment below!

About Helen Schofield

Don't expect to find anything fussy or complicated here. Just QUICK, EASY & (mostly!) HEALTHY recipes from the Mediterranean and beyond. ENJOY!

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