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Chalet Sauce is a Canadian institution. This recipe is an accurate replica of Swiss Chalet sauce, suitable for chicken, fries, shots... etc!

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Back when I was writing “More Than Poutine” - as an expat Canadian living in the states at the time - Swiss Chalet Sauce was one of THE most requested recipes.

The whole starting point of the book was to create homemade versions of a lot of the Canadian foods that aren’t available abroad, after all.

... and OH BOY, Canadians do love their “crack sauce”!

I actually have a Facebook exchange from years ago, where my husband was first exposed to Chalet Sauce:

Me: Someone tell him that people DO drink the last bit of Crack Sauce, cause he doesn't believe me

Him: She took it like a shot of booze! I half expected her to slam it on the table after.

Me: I should have thrown it on the ground and demanded more, Thor style. I need a crack sauce wench.

Canadian Friend: Oh my god don't waste it

American friend: What is this crack sauce?

Me: Magic and love.

American Friend: This is not a good description I need to know what this is LOL. You can't say something like crack sauce to a hardened Philadelphian and expect me to know that it doesn't contain crack lol

Me: I'm not 100℅ sure that it doesn't...

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What is Swiss Chalet?

Swiss Chalet is a very popular restaurant chain in Canada.

When I was a kid, the one we would go to went heavy on the “Swiss” theme - I remember hanging banners with those stylized dragons, lions, and crosses.

I remember thinking how much they reminded me of the sails on my model Spanish Galleon, weirdly enough.

Anyway, the chain has moved away from that kind of ambience over the years, but they’re still known for their rotisserie chicken.

Moreso than the chicken - IMHO - they’re known for Chalet Sauce, which accompanies each chicken dinner.

They even had a promotion a few years ago where Lays did a Chalet Sauce potato chip for them. We were never able to find any, though :(.

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What is Chalet Sauce?

Chalet Sauce is a savoury sauce. Vaguely tomato based, with a ton of herbs and spices in it.

You're meant to dip pieces of rotisserie chicken in it.. but I know plenty of people from back home who will straight up drink any that remains after dinner - myself included!

Packets of an instant version are available at grocery stores in Canada - a popular item for expats on vacation to bring home - but it's not quite the same.

I had always assumed that the sauce was made from ingredients like chicken broth, tomato juice, etc... but as it turns out, the restaurants also make them from a dry mix.

... just a bit of a different mix, it seems?

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This makes 3 ½ cups, or "Serves 2 Canadian Expats"!

What is Chalet Sauce Made Of?

Depends on what version you’re talking about!

Small Pouches for Home Use

Modified corn starch, Salt, Sugar (dextrose) Tomato powder, Spices, Chicken fat, Silicon dioxide, Herbs, Yeast extract, Onion powder, Citric acid, Garlic powder, Caramel colour, Natural flavour.

The 5 lb Bags the Restaurants Use

Modified Cornstarch, Dehydrated Vegetables (Tomato, Onion, Garlic), Salt, Chicken Fat, Spice, Dextrose, Corn Maltodextrin

My Homemade Chalet Sauce

As no one wants to fuss with shopping for tomato powder and dried chicken fat, this homemade version goes in the direction of my original assumption, rather than sticking to "this is how they do it".

Corn starch
Chicken broth
Tomato juice
White vinegar
Onion powder
Dried sage
Garlic powder
Dried summer savoury
Ginger powder
Mustard powder
Bay leaf

Quite the laundry list of ingredients, yes... but that’s what it takes to make a VERY accurate replica!

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Developing This Chalet Sauce Recipe

This was the most... involved... recipe to create for the book, and I think it has the most interesting back story.

During the development of More Than Poutine, we made a couple “research” trips up to Canada to buy source material.

While I could get a good ballpark off years-old memory, I wanted to be as accurate as possible - which meant having the real thing on hand for comparison.

So we went up with a cooler for the perishables, and just went on a wild shopping trip. Candy bars, shelf stable sauces, etc.

Things like cake and dip went into the cooler, eventually being used to perfect recipes like my Homemade Deep N Delicious Cake and Dill Pickle Cream Cheese Dip - a VERY accurate version of the Philadelphia brand favourite.

Shelf-stable items ended up being used to replicate things like Diana Sauces, , Sweet Mustard Pickles, and Canadian Popcorn Seasonings (links all go to my recipes!).

We lunched at Boston Pizza, for a reminder of the flavour profiles to be able to replicate their .

Swiss Chalet SCORE

Swiss Chalet Sauce was a different case. It was SUCH a complex flavour, I wanted to have the real thing on hand, not just go off memory from a recent lunch.

So we went to a Swiss Chalet, said I was an expat visiting from the US, and asked if I could buy like a big takeout soup container of the stuff to bring home with me.

.... and they insisted on giving me a whole bag of the dry mix. IT WAS A 5 POUND BAG OF MIX!

They didn’t even charge us for it. I was blown away.

We tipped enough to make the waitress emotional, after that. LOL

So anyway, when working up my version, I had a cup of ready made from the restaurant, a packet of the stuff they sell in stores - AND a 5 lb bag of the dry mix the restaurants use - on hand as source material.

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How Do You Serve Chalet Sauce?

Chalet sauce is served hot, alongside chicken.

It’s also great as a dip for fries or bread... drizzled over mashed or baked potatoes, etc.

Not to sound like a hipster or anything, but I used to order their poutine with the gravy swapped out for Chalet Sauce.

I felt bad for being annoying, but it was really good... and it’s since been added to their menu as an actual thing 🙂

... and yeah, when you’re a Canadian who’s been living away and are on a visit home?

It can be served as shots. No joke.

Anyway, keep scrolling for that recipe!

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Replica Swiss Chalet Sauce Recipe

Chalet Sauce is a Canadian institution. This recipe is an accurate replica of Swiss Chalet sauce, suitable for chicken, fries, shots... etc!

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time10 minutes mins

Total Time15 minutes mins

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: Canadian

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 1 batch - 3 ½ cups

Calories: 569kcal

Author: Marie Porter


  • 4 tablespoon Butter
  • 3 tablespoon Corn starch
  • 3 cups Chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon White vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon Dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dried summer savoury
  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf


  • In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.

  • Allow to cook, whisking frequently, until it just starts to brown a little.

  • Add corn starch, whisk until smooth.

  • Add chicken broth a little at a time, whisking to fully incorporate butter mixture.

  • Add remaining ingredients, whisk well.

  • Turn heat up to medium-high, bring just to a boil.

  • Turn heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Remove bay leaf, serve hot.


Nutritional information is for the entire recipe.


Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 4155mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2079IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 3mg

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What is the Swiss Chalet sauce made of? ›

Water, Modified corn starch, Salt, Tomato powder, Sugar (dextrose), Spices, Canola oil, Herbs, Yeast extract, Citric acid, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Paprika extract, Caramel colour.

What is the Swiss Chalet made of? ›

Traditional Swiss chalets are built using wood and other natural materials such as stone, with walls made of thick timber planks arranged in a style similar to a log cabin and often left unpainted. They tend to be square in design and are usually one or two stories tall.

What kind of chicken does Swiss Chalet use? ›

We only use fresh, grain-fed, preservative-free chickens, raised by a Canadian Farmer. With only a teaspoon of salt added, we then put our chickens in our rotisserie ovens and slow-roast them to tender, juicy perfection every time.

How many calories are in Swiss Chalet dipping sauce? ›

Swiss Chalet Chalet Dipping Sauce (100 ml) contains 5g total carbs, 5g net carbs, 0.5g fat, 0g protein, and 25 calories.

What is the flavour of Swiss Chalet sauce? ›

“Chalet Sauce has a salty umami kick that when combined with the mix of spices is pretty unique,” Jesse says in defense of his and other sauce-lovers' taste buds. “It accentuates the flavors of the chicken and fries.

What is the famous sauce in Switzerland? ›

Fondue genevoise is a traditional Swiss fondue variety originating from Geneva. The fondue is made with a combination of egg yolks, butter, cream, sugar, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and grated cheese – either Emmenthal or Gruyere.

What was Swiss Chalet originally called? ›

Swiss Chalet is a popular Canadian chain of restaurants that started as a single Toronto location called Chalet Bar-B-Q.

Who is the sister company of Swiss Chalet? ›

Swiss Chalet is among the holdings of Recipe Unlimited, which also owns the fast food chain Harvey's. Swiss Chalet and Harvey's franchises share many locations.

Who bought out Swiss Chalet? ›

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to take Recipe Unlimited Corp., the company behind Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, St-Hubert and the Keg, private. The deal for $20.73 per share in cash values Recipe Unlimited at about $1.2 billion.

What is in Swiss Chalet marinade? ›

Maltodextrin, Salt, Spices, Herbs, Canola oil, Onion powder, Garlic powder, Calcium silicate, Spices extract.

Why is it called Swiss Chalet? ›

The building featured exposed-beam ceilings in the Swiss chalet style. Thus, the name. Before cooking, the chicken was rubbed with salt, and then, roasted for an hour and fifteen minutes. At the Bloor Street site, in the 1950s, the chicken was served with fries.

Is Swiss Chalet chicken healthy? ›

The Position: Swiss Chalet's chicken breast dinner meets the Health Check criteria and is a healthier choice than most fast-food meals. Ingredients: Chicken. Nutritional breakdown: 0 g carbohydrate, 38 g protein, 7 g fat (2 g saturated, 0 g trans).

Is there MSG in Swiss Chalet? ›

None of the menu items served at Swiss Chalet contain MGS and yeast extract is not MGS.

How much sugar is in Swiss Chalet sauce? ›

Nutrition Facts
Calories 25(105 kJ)
Sugars1 g
Protein0 g
Calcium0 mg
Alcohol0 g
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How much salt is in Swiss Chalet sauce? ›

Swiss Chalet
Nutrition Facts
How much saturated fat is in Chalet Dipping Sauce? Amount of saturated fat in Chalet Dipping Sauce: Saturated fat 0.2g-
How much sodium is in Chalet Dipping Sauce? Amount of sodium in Chalet Dipping Sauce: Sodium 700mg30%
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What is Swiss Chalet Signature dish? ›

Restaurant fare is based upon its signature item, rotisserie chicken. The Quarter Chicken Dinner, the restaurant's signature dish, includes a roasted chicken leg or breast with "Chalet Sauce", a bread roll and a side dish.

Does Swiss Chalet use MSG in Canada? ›

None of the menu items served at Swiss Chalet contain MGS and yeast extract is not MGS. Also, not everyone who is sensitive to MSG has a problem with yeast extract.

What is liquid gold wing sauce? ›

Liquid Gold is a unique combo of honey mustard and hickory BBQ. It's a flavor that's sweet with no heat! | By Wing ZoneFacebook.

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