KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (2024)

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My favorite coleslaw has always been from KFC. Making KFC coleslaw at home is easy and it makes a great take-along to potlucks and backyard barbecues.

Total Time 4 hours hrs 20 minutes mins

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If you love KFC coleslaw over any other, grab these easy to access ingredients and make your own! While you can whip up this homemade coleslaw in a short amount of time, chill time is key so be sure to start early in the day.

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Why this recipe works

My favorite coleslaw has always been from KFC. Making it at home is easy and it makes a great take-along to potlucks and backyard barbecues.

The results, at first tastewere pretty close to KFC’s, but there seemed to be an overwhelming fresh cabbage flavor right after making it. However, after this sat in the refrigerator for several hours, the cabbage had time to soak up the flavor of the dressing, and that did it! Just like KFC!

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Ingredients you will need

Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

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SLAW – We are using green cabbage, not red/purple. Fresh carrot should be grated fine, and if you don’t want a pink tint to you slaw, squeeze out the excess moisture before combining it with the other slaw ingredients.

DRESSING – Some have said that tarragon vinegar is used in the original KFC coleslaw recipe. Tarragon vinegar has a mild flavor and can definitely be used instead of the white vinegar we suggest. We’ve included some tips below for replacing the buttermilk if needed, and have answered the question regarding Miracle Whip vs. mayonnaise in this recipe.

How to Make KFC Coleslaw

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this recipe. You can Jump to Recipe to get the printable version of this recipe, complete with measurements and instructions at the bottom.

  1. Chop cabbage into chunks and run through your food processor, or chop finely. It’s up to you to decide the size you’d like your cabbage slaw to be.KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (5)
  2. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl and whisk well. KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (6)
  3. Combine cabbage, carrots, and onion and toss well. Pour dressing over the slaw and turn to coat until fully incorporated.KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (7)
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving to allow the cabbage to soak up the marinade. Overnight is best.

Frequently Asked Questions & Expert Tips

What if I don’t have a food processor?

Using a food processor makes quick work of creating the slaw. However, if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a box grater.

Can I use Miracle whip to make this coleslaw?

If you insist on using Miracle Whip to make this coleslaw instead of mayonnaise, be sure to reduce the sugar by half. I cannot guarantee your results as I have not made it with Miracle Whip and the flavor of each item is very different.

What can I substitute for buttermilk?

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1/4 cup of milk to replace the buttermilk.

I hear that KFC coleslaw was made with tarragon vinegar, but you are using white?

This recipe for KFC coleslaw uses white vinegar. However, many have commented that when working at KFC back in the day, tarragon vinegar was used. Substituting tarragon for the white is absolutely acceptable.

Why does my coleslaw have a strong cabbage taste?

When you first make this KFC coleslaw, there will be an overwhelming flavor of cabbage. Do not despair! Allow the finished coleslaw to sit for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to soak into the cabbage. Eating it too soon will result in a heavy cabbage flavor.

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Serving Suggestions

This recipe for homemade KFC coleslaw goes well with many dishes. Be sure to try it with our Crispy Fried Chicken, Oven Fried Chicken, Oven Fried Chicken Breasts, or Oven Fried Chicken Legs. Make a KFC copycat meal by baking up our favorite homemade biscuits and making our grilled corn on the cob!

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KFC Coleslaw recipe

My favorite coleslaw has always been from KFC. Making KFC coleslaw at home is easy and it makes a great take-along to potlucks and backyard barbecues.

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IMPORTANT – There are often Frequently Asked Questions within the blog post that you may find helpful. Simply scroll back up to read them!

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Servings: 12

4 hours hrs 20 minutes mins

Calories: 112

Author: Amanda Formaro

Ingredients

DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

SLAW:

  • 2 pounds cabbage (medium head)
  • 2 ounces carrot about 1/4 cup, or one medium carrot
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

Things You’ll Need

Before You Begin

  • Fresh carrot should be grated fine, and if you don’t want a pink tint to you slaw, squeeze out the excess moisture before combining it with the other slaw ingredients.
  • When you first make this KFC coleslaw, there will be an overwhelming flavor of cabbage. Do not despair! Allow the finished coleslaw to sit for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to soak into the cabbage. Eating it too soon will result in a heavy cabbage flavor.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1/4 cup of milk to replace the buttermilk.
  • If you insist on using Miracle Whip to make this coleslaw instead of mayonnaise, be sure to reduce the sugar by half. I cannot guarantee your results as I have not made it with Miracle Whip and the flavor of each item is very different.

Instructions

  • Chop cabbage into chunks and run through your food processor, or chop fine. It’s up to you to decide the size you’d like your cabbage to be.

  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl, whisk well.

  • Combine cabbage, carrots, and onion and toss well. Pour dressing over the slaw and turn to coat well.

  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving to allow the cabbage to soak up the marinade. Overnight is best.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portion | Calories: 112cal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 29.3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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This post was originally published on this blog on June 27, 2010 and has since been updated with tips and new photos.

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  1. Katrina H Melo says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (10)
    Delicious indeed.

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  2. Anona Moose says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (11)
    This wasn’t the same as KFC, BUT dang…..it was good.
    No more running to KFC for sides of slaw when we’re in the mood.
    Paired with home made chicken tenders it was a 1/4 of the cost too!!!! Only change was to cut the sugar in half.

    Reply

  3. Tammy says

    Can you use bagged pre shredded co*ke slaw mix?

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    • Amanda Formaro says

      We have never made this with bagged coleslaw mix. I feel like the shreds of cabbage are pretty large in those bags. Plus there is red cabbage in the bagged mix which isn’t in this recipe. However, if you decide to experiment we would love to hear your results!

      Reply

      • Brenda Taylor says

        KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (12)
        I’ve made this recipe for years using the bagged slaw mix. It’s actually really good and the red cabbage doesn’t make a difference in taste. I’ve found it’s just so much easier and sometimes cheaper to use bagged instead of buying every vegetable for the dish. I recommend this recipe to everyone. I also add dried dill to mine, but I just prefer it. No one has mentioned they didn’t like it, it’s just requested for every gathering lol

      • Bob Valenta says

        KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (13)
        I have loved this recipe for awhile. But, I add/alter:
        Use Miracle Whip instead of Mayo (I know, I know, there’s 3 things you don’t talk about… politics, religion, and Miracle Whip)
        Use all buttermilk
        Use Cider Vinegar w/ Mother, instead of white
        Add 1/ tsp. Celery Seed
        Add 1/2 Tbsp. horseradish (if it’s lost its heat, I go with 1T.)

        I prefer shredding the cabbage, myself. But, in a pinch, I have used bagged diced with pretty good success. Not quite as good.

  4. Cheryl wagner says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (14)
    Made it over and over again for years. Shared your recipe with family. Everyone just loves it. It never has the chance to lose flavor, gone in 3 days and tastes just as good as the first. Thank you so much

    Reply

  5. Steven Lee says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (15)
    Yummy..

    Reply

  6. James A. Dewar says

    Thankyou

    Reply

  7. Patti Truckey says

    Can’t wait to try this at our community picnic!!! I just found your site!! Sound like we could be besties!! I love to cook and bake, but then I feed my neighbors as I’m not big eater! Love to craft!!! :)

    Reply

  8. Barbara Stapleton says

    I love this recipe. I recently made 6x the recipe, used the food processor to chop the cabbage, put it in colanders to drain but no juice /water came out. I put the dressing on it and in the morning the dressing seems to have pulled a lot of moisture out of it and it really watered the dressing down, a lot. Can you do anything to the cabbage before the dressing goes on to get the moisture out?

    Reply

    • Amanda Formaro says

      It should soak up the dressing as it sits, we suggest waiting at least 24 hours before tasting :)

      Reply

    • Joyce says

      KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (16)
      In the mid 90’s, I bought a container of KFC coleslaw and it listed the ingredients on the lid.
      KFC uses Miracle whip, green onions and onion powder, salt, sugar and vinegar, in their dressing. I processed the cabbage and carrots and added the dressing until there was enough to incorporate the ingredients.

      Reply

  9. Christine Apuzzo says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (17)
    This is so good! Thank You for lemon juice tip!! Thank You!!

    Reply

  10. MsKay says

    Good the first day then loses flavor.

    Reply

    • Amanda Formaro says

      Hmm, that hasn’t been my experience! Sorry you did.

      Reply

  11. Jeffrey says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (18)
    Hi Amanda!
    Wonderful website! Thanks so much for the slaw recipe! It’s exactly like kfc! My favorite. I have lots of cabbage right now. You inspired me to try and replicate a slaw recipe from a small local chicken 🐔 restaurant in our area called, Lee’s chicken 🐓!! They will not give me the recipe! !! I can do it
    Thanks!!!
    Jeffrey

    Reply

    • Amanda Formaro says

      Awesome, I hope it comes out GREAT!

      Reply

  12. Michele Spencer says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (19)
    This is now a family favorite! Thank you so much! Our family dinner doesn’t like the cole slaw you get from the deli or store. My father in law and my mom an son husband all said it was the best they ever had! :)

    Reply

    • Amanda Formaro says

      Hurray! Thank you so much for letting me know, so glad you all loved it!

      Reply

    • Amy says

      Hi Im doing a yield test for this recipe and would like I know how much waste does this recipe have?

      Reply

  13. Mary says

    KFC Coleslaw recipe - just like the Colonel! (20)
    Delicious! Had a lot of cabbage so I had to make a little more dressing. Did it by 1.5 and it was perfect! Also used the lemon & milk for the buttermilk. Thank you for sharing this! 😊🙃🙂

    Reply

    • Amanda Formaro says

      So glad you loved it!!

      Reply

  14. Marie Cunningham says

    I’m not positive, but l do believe horse radish is in the recipe for KFC Cole slaw.

    Reply

    • Angelina says

      I’ve always thought so, as well. No recipe ever addresses that flavor, which I always pick up in KFC coleslaw. I wish someone would comment on that.

      Reply

  15. Linda Bragg says

    Hello Amanda,

    Just a heads up on this recipe…. Copycat coleslaw recipe of KFC’s …..Though you would like to know I received an email today from Pinterest and previously I had pinned this to my Pinterest site and they notified me that they had Removed this recipe from my Pinterest board due to someone making complaints about a copyright issue. So to those who have pinned this…print out the recipe if ya wanna keep it. Thats what I did here. Love your blog and will continue to read and pin recipes etc. ! :)

    Here is a copy of the letter I received below:

    We’re getting in touch to let you know we received a copyright complaint and…

    We’re getting in touch to let you know we received a copyright complaint and have removed one (or more) of your Pins.The complaint wasn’t directed against you or your Pin; it was directed against another user’s Pin of the same content from:

    https://amandascookin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/coleslawtop.jpg
    infringment pin

    While many copyright owners are happy to have their content on Pinterest, we recognize that some do not want their content to appear on Pinterest, or did not receive attribution for the content. When a copyright owner sends us a complete notice per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it’s our policy to remove the Pin(s).

    Again, this complaint was not directed at you, or anything you did: we just thought you’d like to know why we removed your Pin.

    Thanks again for using Pinterest.

    The Pinterest Team
    Pinterest DMCA #ID1009168248

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    • Amanda Formaro says

      Thanks Linda and sorry that happened! I got an email about it too and it’s really weird because it’s MY photo that was reported and I didn’t report it. I’ve written to Pinterest about it. Thanks!

      Reply

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