Homemade Waffle Fries - Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!) (2024)

If you know me, you know I love french fries. They are one of my favorite foods besides cake. That’s why I am SO EXCITED about this new copycat recipe for “Chick-fil-A” Waffle Fries!

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There’s just something extra special about waffle fries. I don’t know if it’s the shape or what exactly makes them so delicious, but it certainly isn’t the Dimethylpolysiloxane, chemical preservatives, or unhealthy oils that Chick-fil-A uses to make theirs.

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Back in the day, I used to eat Chick-fil-A several times a week for lunch…and I can STILL remember how their waffle fries taste and it makes my mouth water. Now, I wouldn’t consider eating them because of all the shady ingredients they use. But I’m not depriving myself! I firmly believe that if you love to eat something, you can figure out how to make it at home with healthy ingredients. That way you can have your cake (or waffle fries!) and eat it too!

You only need 3 basic ingredients to make waffle fries that are just as delicious as Chick-fil-A’s Waffle Fries (and thankfully, you won’t need to call up a chemical company to send you some “Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate”).

All it takes are some organic potatoes, coconut oil and sea salt. If you don’t have coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil work wonderfully in this recipe too.

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To cut your potatoes into that amazing waffle shape, you’ll need a good mandoline that has a thick setting and a waffle blade. This is the mandoline I used to make these waffle fries, and I highly recommend using this one because it allows you to cut your waffle fries thick enough (some mandolines don’t cut thick enough). You’ll want to put it on its thickest setting, otherwise you’ll end up with chips.

To cut the potatoes into waffle fries, you’ll use your mandoline to make one slice down the potato. Then you turn the potato one quarter turn and make another slice. Voila! You’ll end up with little waffle slices like this…

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The next step is very important to get the crispiest fries in the oven. You’ll want to put your potato slices in a bowl, cover them with cold water, and let them soak for 30 minutes.This will wash off some of the extra starch and create a fluffier, crispier waffle fry.

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After your potatoes are done with their bath, you’ll pat them dry, toss them with oil and salt, and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. If you want to jazz them up, you can season them with smoked paprika, garlic powder and a bit of fresh cracked black pepper when you are tossing them with the oil.

Lay them out in a single layer like this…

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Pop them in a 425 degree oven for roughly 25-30 minutes (checking after 20 and turning if they are getting too brown). Once they are cooked through, you can stick them under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp them up if needed. Next thing you know, you’ll be munching on these delicious waffle fries that are better (and much healthier) than Chick-fil-A!

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PRO TIP: Tossing cooked waffle fries with a bit of fresh rosemary adds a ton of flavor!

I like to dip my waffle fries in ketchup that has no sugar added – like Primal Kitchen brand. Steer clear of Heinz and Hunts Ketchup because those are both made with GMO High Fructose Corn Syrup – bleh!

Here’s the printable recipe – you’ll want to keep this one handy for when the craving strikes!

Food Babe's "Chick-fil-A" Waffle Fries

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Serves: 4-6 servings


  • 3 medium size Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash the potatoes and pat dry. Using a mandoline on the thickest setting, make one slice down the potato. Turn the potato one quarter turn and make another slice. Continue to turn the potato after each slice until you have used the whole potato. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
  3. Place the slices in a bowl and fill with cold water ½” above the potatoes. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the water and dry the potatoes completely. A clean dish towel works well.
  5. Toss the potatoes with the oil and salt and spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the oven to broil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to crisp the top, if needed. Let cool slightly and serve immediately.


* It is very important to make a quarter turn after each slice or you will not achieve the waffle pattern. It is also important to use a mandoline that cuts thick enough or else you will end up with waffle chips. Make sure it is set on the thickest setting.

* In order to get the crispiest fries, don’t skip the step to soak them in water beforehand. This will wash off some of the extra starch and create a fluffier, crispier waffle fry.

* Make sure you check the waffle fries at the 20 to 25 minute mark as ovens vary and some may cook quicker. If they are getting too brown, flip them over and cook for the remaining 5 minutes. Skip the broil step if they are already well browned.

Know anyone who loves the waffle fries at Chick-fil-A? Make sure you share this copycat recipe with them… or bake them a batch. I’m sure they’ll be thankful!



P.S. I have also perfected the recipe for a homemade Chick-fil-A Sandwich! You can find the recipe inside my New York Times best selling cookbook, Food Babe Kitchen. If you don’t have your copy of this cookbook yet, you can try the recipe here.

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Homemade Waffle Fries - Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!) (2024)


What is the ingredients for Chick Fil A's waffle fries? ›

Waffle-cut potatoes cooked in canola oil until crispy outside and tender inside. Sprinkled with Sea Salt. Nutrition information is calculated using standard product formulations and incorporates multiple data sources.

How do they make Chick Fil A french fries? ›

While oil heats, cut potatoes. Using a mandoline fitted with the “waffle” or “crinkle” attachment slice each potato 1/2 inch thick; rotating the potato 90 degrees after each slice to form the waffle pattern. Place slices in water as they're cut. Rinse potato slices with cold water to remove excess starch.

What kind of oil does Chick Fil A use for their fries? ›

Crispy potatoes fried in 100% canola oil and sprinkled with our house seasoning blend.

Are Chick-fil-A fries homemade? ›

Who supplies Chick-fil-A's potatoes for Waffle Potato Fries? For nearly 40 years, Eagle, Idaho-based potato company Lamb Weston has provided Waffle Potato Fries™ and Hash Browns to Chick-fil-A® restaurants.

Do Chick-fil-A waffle fries have milk? ›

However, we do offer a number of menu items for our guests who are looking to minimize dairy intake, such as the English Muffin, Hash Browns, Fruit Cup, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Nuggets, Waffle Potato Fries™, Kale Crunch Side, Waffle Potato Chips and Buddy Fruits® Apple Sauce. Was this answer helpful?

Are Chick-fil-A waffle fries fried or baked? ›

Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries

Waffle-cut potatoes cooked in canola oil until crispy outside and tender inside.

Does Chick Fil use peanut oil on fries? ›

Does Chick-Fil-A use peanut oil for frying? Chick-fil-A uses two kinds of oil; canola and peanut.

What temperature do you cook Chick-fil-A waffle fries? ›

Set the heat to medium and bring to 375 F (190 C). Set a paper-towel-lined baking sheet on the right. Once hot, drop a small batch of the potatoes and fry for 60 seconds.

Can you eat Chick-fil-A if you have a peanut allergy? ›

According to the Chick-fil-A website, they use “100% refined peanut oil.” They go on to state that “refined soybean and peanut oil are not considered major food allergens.” In fact, refined peanut oil provides a perfect medium for creating crunchy foods at high heat without off flavors.

What oil do 5 guys use? ›

What type of peanut oil does Five Guys use? We use 100% refined peanut oil, which contains only enough preservatives (less than 0.004%) so that the oil doesn't foam when we cook our fries.

Is peanut oil better than vegetable oil? ›

Due to its relatively higher saturated fatty acid content, peanut oil is more stable than many other regular vegetable oils, such as regular soybean oil. Hence, peanut oil stands better to extended high heat expo-sure, minimizing the formation of harmful oxidation products.

Who made the first waffle fries? ›

In 1979, an inventor named Edgar Matsler patented a potato slicer that cut a lattice pattern into spuds — thus, creating the waffle fry. This tool revolutionized fries as we know them, which eventually led to waffle fries becoming a staple on fast food menus including Chick-Fil-A's and in the freezer aisle.

When did Chick-fil-A start waffle fries? ›

Chick-fil-A's waffle fries were introduced in 1985, according to the company's “menu over time” wall at its Atlanta headquarters.

Are Chick-fil-A waffle fries vegan? ›

Vegan Sides

As with most fast-food chains, they do not designate vegan- or vegetarian-only preparation areas, so cross-contamination may occur. Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries (Dip these distinctive fries in Polynesian Sauce, Barbeque Sauce, or Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Sauce—they're all vegan.)

Do Chick-fil-A waffle fries have wheat? ›

The beloved waffle fries of Chick-Fil-A are listed as gluten-free as they typically have a dedicated fryer only for fries. But remember to always double check to make sure.

Are waffle fries cooked in peanut oil? ›

What You'll Need to Make Waffle Fries. Make this homemade waffle fry recipe with just three ingredients: russet potatoes (peeled), peanut or vegetable oil (for frying), and salt. You can use seasoned salt for extra bold flavor.

What vitamins and minerals are in Chick-fil-A waffle fries? ›

  • Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
  • Calcium 21mg 2%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Potassium 677.4mg 14%


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