Best 6 Store Bought Hot Sauce for Fried Chicken

By Bill Kalkumnerd • Updated: 06/05/22 • 11 min read
Store Bought Hot Sauce for Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a delightfully tasty meal on its own, but when you add hot sauce, fried chicken takes on a whole new level of delicious. Finding the right sauce is tough though, so you may want to know what the best store-bought hot sauce for fried chicken is.

The best overall store-bought hot sauce for fried chicken is Louisiana Original Hot Sauce. Louisiana Original Hot Sauce was born in the heart of fried chicken country, Louisiana. As such, Louisiana Original is designed to add a distinctive oomph to the flavor of fried chicken.

Below, I’ll go into more detail on the above hot sauce, as well as other spicy condiments you may want to pour onto your fried chicken. Read on to learn more!

1. Best All-Around: Louisiana Hot Sauce Original

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Topping our list is Louisiana Original Hot Sauce, the best all-around hot sauce for fried chicken. As I said earlier, Louisiana is the home of fried chicken, so you can expect an exceptional flavor from this one that goes beyond burning your tongue.

If you’ve ever eaten at Popeye’s, there’s a good chance you’ve already tried Louisiana Original Hot Sauce. Popeye’s gives out packets of this hot sauce with their fried chicken, so if you want to give this one a try before buying a bottle, stop by Popeye’s!

Louisiana Original Hot Sauce combines with the flavor of fried chicken to bring out the best of both. You get a satisfying kick from the Louisiana Original Hot Sauce that doesn’t overwhelm the intricate herbs and spices in your fried chicken.

Speaking of fried chicken, if you’re hoping to make some yourself, I recommend the Lake Geneva Simple Fried Chicken recipe. I admit I’m not the best cook in the world (or at least, not at the same level as the average MasterChef contestant), but after discovering Lake Geneva Country Meats’ recipe, I was able to make delicious fried chicken that made my friends “ooh” and “aah” (and think that I am, in fact, a MasterChef contestant). 

Louisiana Original Hot Sauce has a great balance of spice and flavor, making it an excellent hot sauce for fried chicken.



2. Biggest Kick: Frank’s RedHot Xtra Hot

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If that old lady from Frank’s commercials can put this baby on anything, it stands to reason that Frank’s RedHot can be a great addition to a platter of fried chicken.

Most hot sauce lovers are familiar with the Frank’s RedHot Original recipe, but if you’re a hot sauce fanatic, you may find the Scoville level to be lacking. Thankfully, Frank’s heard our call for a hotter alternative!

Frank’s RedHot Xtra Hot rethinks the over century-old Frank’s RedHot Original recipe to add an extra kick. I’m a huge fan of the additional spiciness I get from Frank’s Xtra Hot, and if you find Frank’s Original a little underwhelming, Frank’s Xtra Hot may be for you!

While Frank’s Xtra Hot can be a little harder to find in grocery stores, it’s still fairly common. I’ve never had to resort to ordering Frank’s RedHot Xtra Hot online, but it’s still available to deliver to your doorstep if you need to do that.



3. Most Iconic: Huy Fong Sriracha Chili Hot Sauce

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Sriracha is among the most renowned hot sauces in the world. You can find the classic sriracha rooster on products like socks, skateboards, and beer mugs, displaying the worldwide recognizability of sriracha hot sauce.

Admittedly, people have criticized me for my liberal use of sriracha. However, I stand by sriracha as a great hot sauce for fried chicken.

I love the balance of flavors in sriracha. It has a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and heat to kick any meal to the next level, including fried chicken.

I once heard someone describe sriracha as “adult ketchup,” which makes it perfect for me. Sriracha is a highly versatile hot sauce that adds character to any meal.

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Unfortunately, some people prefer to only use sriracha in Asian-style cuisines, like sushi and ramen. If you’re one of these people, I urge you to open your mind to the possibility of sriracha on fried chicken. You won’t regret it, I swear!



4. The Simplest Sauce: Tabasco Original Red Pepper Hot Sauce

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Now that I’m done talking about sriracha, we can get back to a more traditional fried chicken hot sauce — Tabasco! It may not surprise you to know that the original Tabasco recipe was first produced in Louisiana, the home of fried chicken.

Perhaps because of Tabasco’s Louisiana roots, it has since been propelled into worldwide fame, being sold in stores across the globe. As the Tabasco name grew, so did its spicy offerings. You can find Chipotle Tabasco, Cayenne-Garlic Tabasco, and Habanero Tabasco. 

However, in my opinion, none of Tabasco’s new recipes stands up to the Tabasco Original Red Pepper Hot Sauce.



5. Best for Mexican Food: Cholula Original Hot Sauce

Cholula is a delicious hot sauce that uses ingredients like Arbol and Pequin to craft a traditional Mexican hot sauce.

The heat level isn’t too intimidating, so you can enjoy Cholula Original Hot Sauce without overpowering the flavor of your fried chicken. A lower spice level is also nice if you dine with friends or family who aren’t as into spicy food as you or I.

To enjoy Tapatio Mexican Hot Sauce to the fullest, you need a Mexican fried chicken recipe. I recommend All Recipes’ Easy Mexican Fried Chicken Recipe. While this recipe may not be the kind of fried chicken you’re used to eating, it is a delicious and unique twist that I think you should try out.

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6. Best for Chipotle Lovers: Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Hot Sauce

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I remember encountering (and falling in love with) the smoky chipotle flavor the first time. I put in on sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo dipping sauce as a young child. Since then, I’ve been seeking out the chipotle pepper in as many forms as possible.

After experimenting with dozens of hot chipotle sauces, I realized that (ironically) the store-bought Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Hot Sauce is my favorite. The simplicity of Tabasco’s recipe allows the chipotle pepper to be the soloist of this hot sauce symphony.

Chipotle lovers like me prefer this over the lighter alternatives because the chipotle flavor is front and center here.

Rouxbe has a great Garlic-Chipotle Southern Fried Chicken Recipe if you’d like to add another layer of chipotle to your fried chicken.



Final Thoughts

There are plenty of great hot sauces for fried chicken, especially at the grocery store. Since fried chicken is so delicious as a standalone meal, you don’t need a super spicy sauce to transform the dish — though it’ll add some extra pizzazz to this iconic food.

Fortunately, grocery store hot sauces tend to stay on the lower side of the spice scale, so you’re not likely to come across a sauce that overpowers your favorite fried chicken.


Bill Kalkumnerd

I am Bill, I am the Owner of HappySpicyHour, a website devoted to spicy food lovers like me. Ramen and Som-tum (Papaya Salad) are two of my favorite spicy dishes. Spicy food is more than a passion for me - it's my life! For more information about this site Click

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