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KFC Coleslaw

Claire By
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 May 19, 2023

This quick and easy copycat KFC coleslaw recipe will satisfy all your takeout cravings! You only need simple ingredients: cabbage, carrots and red onions. Then you add ascrumptious creamy dressing and voilà!

KFC Coleslaw Main 1-min

KFC Coleslaw

Whenever I crave a refreshing salad, I love making this coleslaw recipe! It’s creamy, tangy. It’s perfectly delicious!

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

Plus, this homemade Kentucky Fried Chicken coleslaw is really easy to make. All you have to do is to bring the ingredients together and mix. Then you let the fridge do the rest!

KFC Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

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

Level: Easy


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For Dressing:

For Veggies:


How To Make It

(Optional) Salt the cabbage to make a crispier cole slaw. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse and drain the cabbage. Remove excess moisture with paper towels or a clean cloth.

In the mixing bowl, add the milk, butter milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper.

KFC coleslaw step 1-min

Whisk them together into a creamy sauce.

KFC coleslaw step 2-min

Stir in the chopped cabbage, carrot and red onion.

KFC coleslaw step 3-min

Mix everything thoroughly.

KFC coleslaw step 4-min

Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours; ideally overnight.

Serve with Ina Garten Lamb Chops, Lipton Onion Soup Mix Meatloaf, Wingstop Fries. It’s also delicious on a Sierra Turkey Panera, or as garnish alongside this Seafood Sensation Subway.

Pro Tips

  • Use a food processor to shred the vegetables. Any brand will do as long as you have the correct blade accessory.

  • Salt the cabbage to pull moisture out of the vegetable. That way, the coleslaw dressing won’t get diluted, and the cabbage will stay crispy for longer. Salt the shredded cabbage before you add any other ingredients. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and squeeze the shreds. Pat dry with paper towels before you add cabbage to the dressing.

  • To reduce the fat, replace buttermilk and mayonnaise with Miracle Whip. Just add the same amount of Miracle Whip as you would mayo and buttermilk. In France, we don’t have miracle whip. Instead, we have low-fat mayonnaise that does the trick.

  • Let sit in the fridge for a day or two before eating, so the flavors meld together, resulting in a tastier salad.


Since this homemade coleslaw contains mayonnaise, you should keep it in the fridge for 3-5 days max.

Try These Other Salad Recipes Next!

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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
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat10.4g13%
Saturated Fat1.7g 9%
Cholesterol6mg 2%
Sodium271mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate19.3g 7%
Dietary Fiber2.4g 9%
Total Sugars16.6g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium57mg 4%
Iron0mg 0%
Potassium200mg 4%
*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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