KFC Coleslaw (Copycat)

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KFC Coleslaw is a five minute side dish you’ll enjoy all summer long with your favorite chicken and more! Tastes exactly like the original!

KFC Coleslaw is a five minute side dish you'll enjoy all summer long with your favorite chicken and more! Tastes exactly like the original!KFC Coleslaw is one of my most personal childhood food memories. As a young kid I would walk from my elementary school with my great aunt and we would stop at KFC (then Kentucky Fried Chicken) to get a chicken plate to share and a pudding cup to share. I just remember the most happy memories of our time together there, we would sit and talk and laugh.

To this day anytime I eat or make this KFC Coleslaw I think of her. I’m sure many of us have memories like this, which is why copycat recipes are also so personal. You want to recreate those memories or those long lost flavors (Like Pioneer Take-Out Fried Chicken) and anytime you succeed there is joy.

Speaking of KFC, you can also enjoy this coleslaw with KFC Original Fried Chicken and make your own chicken plate for a lot less money!

This KFC Coleslaw is probably one of the easiest copycats I have worked on in a long time. The ingredients were readily available online from so many sources it is hard to tell where the original came from. The version I found was from Food.com.


Looking for more recipes to serve with this easy coleslaw?

We loved this KFC Coleslaw, it tasted exactly like the original.

Tools used in the making of this KFC Coleslaw:
Food Processor: This is the newer version of the one I have used and loved for ten years. It is a workhorse and the new model has similarly awesome reviews…and it is so affordable!
Buttermilk Powder: I stopped buying buttermilk  years ago and keep this on hand for dressings, waffles, homemade ranch seasoning and more. One container has served over 100 recipes to date. You don’t have to throw away 50% full buttermilk containers anymore. I also love their all natural cheddar powder and sour cream powder (I use these to make Cheddar and Sour Cream Roasted Potatoes that taste just like the chips!) and Chicago Mix Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn.
Mayonnaise: I’ve tried a number of different brands, this one is the most spot on flavor.




KFC Coleslaw

4.68 from 31 votes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Salad, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
KFC Coleslaw is a five minute side dish you'll enjoy all summer long with your favorite chicken and more! Tastes exactly like the original!


  • 8 cups diced cabbage (I used a food processor shredding disc)
  • 1 carrot (also used the food processor)
  • 2 tablespoons grated onions
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (I used buttermilk powder to make mine)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large bowl add the cabbage, carrot, onion.
  2. In a second bowl whisk the rest of the ingredients together until combined and smooth.
  3. Toss together thoroughly and put in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours (the longer, the better).

Nutrition Information

Yield: 10 servings, Amount per serving: 113 calories, Calories: 113g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 200mg, Potassium: 40mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1045g, Vitamin C: 2.1g, Calcium: 16g

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KFC Coleslaw in just a few minutes with easy ingredients. It tastes exactly the same!

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I Love KFC Coleslaw. More than the chicken.
    When i made this recipe Wow. Just like KFC !!!!
    I also used buttermilk powder.
    I make this once a month.

  2. This is “THE” recipe to have for coleslaw!
    I make it EXACTLY as the recipe shows, except, I use Half ‘n Half vice whole milk.
    The other thing I do, which isn’t a real departure from the recipe, is to mince the coleslaw mixture before adding the dressing.
    We like coleslaw finely minced rather than shreds or bite size pieces.


  3. The best!! I’ve been making this for years. I’m required to bring it to many gatherings.

    I make my own buttermilk: for 1/4 cup it’s a 1/4 cup of milk and 3/4 teaspoon of either lemon juice OR vinegar.

    I make it 24 hours before time though it’s not necessary.

  4. Absolutely the best coleslaw! Food processor the only way to go for tiny minced cabbage just like KFC!

  5. Hi Sabrina,
    I was so pleasantly surpirsed when I tried your coleslaw recipe and it turned out absolutely top-notch delicious! In my opinion, the best way to eat it is on a beef hot dog with nothing else except a dab of mustard! I just love it, and sincerely thank you for sharing your fine-tuned recipe.

  6. Thank you so much for the recipe, I made the dressing and it tastes spot on, yay! I am making this for a barbecue on Saturday and I know it will be amazing 🙂

    My question is about exactly how you process the cabbage and carrots. You mention that you use the shredding attachment of the food processor. This is the cheese grater one, right? I assume the larger side? Do you do anything to the cabbage before/after putting it through the shredder? In the pic, it looks like it is more chopped that shreds (which is exactly like the KFC kind) and I am wondering how you made it like that with the shredder. Maybe you cut into chunks before sticking in the shredder?

    Either way I’m positive it will be great just based on the dressing, but any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. I’m so sorry I didn’t see this earlier. I’m glad this recipe is exactly what you were looking for. I used the shredding disk (shredding side facing up) in the food processor to get this consistency. I did cut it into smaller chunks before shredding though. I hope you enjoyed it!