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KFC Coleslaw Recipe

This KFC recipe will slay any other slaw!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated November 7, 2022
Medically reviewed by
Kirsten Mae Magbanua
Kirsten Mae Magbanua

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Kirsten Mae Magbanua

Kirsten Mae Magbanua is a graduating student with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is set to graduate as magna cum laude this coming August 2022. Kirsten has been a consistent honor student throughout her college years and has been a member of an academic organization.
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When you’re craving takeout, make this copycat KFC coleslaw recipe! Who knew this all-time favorite side dish could be so simple?

copycat KFC coleslaw recipe

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is an American fast-food chain that specializes in — guess what! — crispy fried chicken.

Along with their “Original Recipe” chicken buckets, they serve a number of sides including creamy coleslaw, which is only second to mashed potatoes in popularity.

The name “coleslaw” comes from two Dutch words. “Kool” means “cabbage” and “sla” means “salad.”

So coleslaw is literally “cabbage salad”.

Luckily, homemade coleslaw is really easy to make. And this KFC coleslaw copycat recipe gives you the sweet, tangy, creamy taste of your favorite restaurant side.

Plus, you can find all of the ingredients at most grocery stores. So, making a big batch at home will save you time and money.

While this salad is a great side dish for fried chicken or grilled meat, you can also use it as a topping for sandwiches. For instance, it’s yummy on a pulled-pork sandwich and in other delicious recipes.

Tips and Tricks for Making the Best Copycat KFC Coleslaw

Chop Smart

While you can make this KFC cole slaw recipe entirely by hand, using a mandolin or food processor will really speed up the process.

Either of these kitchen tools will shred the cabbage more uniformly than you can with a knife. And, your hand won’t get as tired, especially if you use a food processor.

Or, for a quick kitchen hack, use bagged coleslaw mix from the grocery store. You can even experiment with different mixes, including ones with kale and other veggies.

Go Green

The best cabbage for this recipe is standard green cabbage because it won’t change the color of the sauce.

If you use a red cabbage or purple cabbage, the color can leach into the dressing and turn it pink.

This color change won’t affect the taste of the KFC slaw, but some people may find it off-putting. However, it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Salt the Cabbage

When you salt cabbage, the salt pulls moisture out of the vegetable. This means your KFC coleslaw dressing won’t get diluted, and the cabbage will stay crispy for longer.

So, salt your shredded cabbage before you add any other ingredients. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and squeeze the shreds before you add cabbage to the dressing.

Let it Marinate

KFC coleslaw is one of those salads that tastes better the next day. If you let it sit in the fridge for a day or two before eating, the flavors will have a chance to meld, and the resulting salad will be even better.

copycat KFC coleslaw

How to Make this KFC Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time2 hours
  • Total Time2H20 min
  • Servings6-8
  • Yield6-8

Level: Easy


For Dressing:

For Veggies:



  1. Mix Dressing

    In the mixing bowl, add all of the salad dressing ingredients. Whisk them together into a creamy sauce.

  2. Add Veggies

    Next, stir in the chopped cabbage and carrot, and mix everything thoroughly.

  3. Refrigerate

    Then, cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours; if you can, leave it overnight or for 24 hours.

    Resting makes this great recipe taste even better because the flavors will meld.

    Finally, serve this KFC coleslaw recipe chilled with a fried chicken dinner.

What to Serve With KFC Coleslaw

Fried Chicken

If you love KFC coleslaw, give yourself the whole fast-food experience! Homemade Kentucky fried chicken isn’t hard to make, especially if you bake it instead of deep-frying.

In general, coleslaw is delicious with chicken dishes. But for fried chicken, especially, the cool, creamy dressing and crunchy cabbage are the perfect companions.

Grilled Meats

Similar to chicken, grilled meats go really well with KFC coleslaw. The smoky richness of the meat complements the tangy, crunchy coleslaw.


Add tons of flavor to your sandwich by adding a layer of homemade coleslaw! It’s a classic addition to pulled pork, but it works just as well on roast turkey, pastrami, or other meat-based sandwiches.

And if you don’t want your bread to go soggy, just enjoy a bowl of coleslaw on the side.

Hot Dogs and Sausages

For your next summer BBQ, make KFC coleslaw. It’s the perfect side to join baked beans and Ina Garten potato salad.

The creamy, tangy flavors of this coleslaw are refreshing in the summer heat. And this salad pairs perfectly with hot dogs, sausages, or burgers on the grill.

copycat KFC coleslaw recip

Simple Variation of KFC Coleslaw

To reduce the fat and calories in this cole slaw recipe, use Miracle Whip. While I like the traditional flavors of butter milk and mayonnaise in this KFC copycat recipe, Miracle Whip will work in a pinch.

To substitute, just add the same amount of Miracle Whip as you would mayo and buttermilk. Since Miracle Whip has similar ingredients to these two, it will still make your salad dressing creamy.

However, Miracle Whip also has added high fructose corn syrup, so you will need to adjust the sugar in this awesome recipe.

KFC Coleslaw Storage Instructions

Always store leftovers in an airtight container. They’ll stay absolutely delicious for about 3-5 days in the fridge.

If you want to keep them for longer, put the coleslaw in a freezer bag and squeeze all the air out of it. That way, it will last for about 3 months in the freezer.

However, when you thaw it out, do so in the fridge overnight. If you leave it at room temperature, you can affect the texture of the cabbage.

Nutrition Tips/Advice

In general, coleslaw is healthy. Cabbage is low in calories, and it has lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

As well, other ingredients in this salad have beneficial vitamins. Carrots contain vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, and lemon juice contains vitamin C, which is good for your immune system.

However, the mayonnaise in this recipe contains saturated fat. This can increase cholesterol, which can put you at risk of heart disease.

Mayonnaise, as well, is a highly-caloric food: in only 1 teaspoon, it has 45 calories and 5 grams of fat. Therefore, you should eat it in moderation. – Kirsten Mae Magbanua, RND

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 171Calories
  • 10.4gFat
  • 19.3gCarbs
  • 1.7gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6-8
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat10.4g13%
Saturated Fat1.7g9%
Total Carbohydrate19.3g7%
Dietary Fiber2.4g9%
Total Sugars16.6g
Vitamin C0mcg0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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