KFC Coleslaw Recipe


Having breakfast, lunch, or dinner in your favorite restaurant like KFC makes you wonder how you can replicate their recipes. You might be thinking that knowing their secret recipe is impossible since they keep it a “secret’, but think again. I’m quickly going to show you how making a copycat KFC coleslaw recipe is absolutely possible, best of all it only takes 15 minutes to prepare and dish out.

This is better than the kfc coleslaw sauce you’re likely accustomed to, making it perfect due to how creamy and full of flavor it is.Laura Ritterman

Of all the options available at KFC, their coleslaw doesn’t spring to mind as an obvious choice. That holds true if you have never tasted it. Once you try this for the first time you’ll be converted into a raving fan of KFC’s crunchy, scrumptious and at the same time sweet side-dish. Keep reading to explore our KFC coleslaw hack, which will deliver you the absolute best kentucky fried chicken coleslaw recipe.

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What is KFC Coleslaw?

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about this option at their local restaurant, I’m going to fill you in on exactly what you’re missing out on. KFC coleslaw dressing recipe is a special dish offered at the chains’ restaurants worldwide and it is extremely popular especially during the summer.

It can be best paired with chicken or other delicious meals at KFC. As a meal that has brought history and eminence to the fast-food chain, it will always bring back memories from your childhood.

Now, if you’re like me and you really enjoy the coleslaw direct from their restaurant you’ll be glad to know you can make KFC copycat coleslaw yourself at home. Not only is this going to cost you far less than buying from their fast food chain but it means you can beat the queues and enjoy this dish sooner at home.

There have been a lot of KFC coleslaw copycats made available and accessible online. So, if you are fond of eating this meal but you prefer to try making it in your home rather than eating in their restaurant, you are on the right site.

In our recipe, there are many ingredients which you must take into consideration to replicate the absolute best version of the KFC coleslaw copycat recipe. Before proceeding with the actual and accurate measurements of these ingredients, below are the necessary ingredients you need to have to hand or purchase.

How To Make This Recipe

Lets dig into how to make coleslaw like KFC in under 15 minutes. First lets start with the ingredients – You need cabbage and carrots, of which the cabbage requires shredding.

Your onions and carrots should also get diced. For the dressing, you should have with you a variety of dairy products such as mayonnaise, milk, and buttermilk. Also, you should have an apple cider vinegar and lemon juice as well.

Most importantly, for a pinch of spice and additives, you should have sugar, salt and pepper. With all these ingredients, the output will be a perfect crunchy and copy of the coleslaw you’re accustomed to from KFC.

KFC™ Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

4 from 77 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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If you’re excited at the prospect of making your own healthy KFC creamy coleslaw recipe, then carve out 15 minutes and be prepared to deliver a version that you couldn’t differentiate if you were blindfolded. A perfect side dish to go with almost anything.


  • 1/4 cup 1/4 milk

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 mayonnaise (Hellmann’s for best taste)

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 buttermilk

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 salt

  • 2 tbsp 2 of lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp 1 white vinegar or apple cider vinegar

  • 1 medium 1 sized carrot

  • 4 cups 4 shredded and as well as diced cabbage about 1/2 of a medium head

  • 1 medium 1 carrot

  • 1/4 medium 1/4 yellow onion minced


  • Start by shredding and dicing the cabbage and carrot respectively, in its finest means possible.
  • You should then mix all of the vegetables in a huge mixing bowl for it not to get messy.
  • Third, you should have a medium-sized mixing bowl where you would put the whisk with its dressing ingredients.
  • Fourth, you should put all the vegetables needed in the bowl and stir them up using a wooden spoon.
  • Next, you should always keep your bowl wrapped in a saran always covered.
  • For optimal results, you should place the finished product inside the fridge and keep it there for approximately four hours, which is preferred to be done overnight.
  • Finally, before serving your coleslaw, mix and stir it again.
  • Serve fresh for best results.


  • You can make your own buttermilk using freshly squeezed lemon-juice. 
  • If you would like a kfc coleslaw recipe without buttermilk and require a buttermilk substitute, then you can follow this guide.
  • If you’re looking for how many carbs are in kfc coleslaw, then the answer for our recipe is 9g.
  • There is some speculation that using tarragon vinegar walmart (or other supermarkets) offer is the ideal substitute for white vinegar to complete the copycat version. I’ve tried both versions and both give a great taste.

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Calories, Carbs & Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts

10 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories125
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 9g 14%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Cholesterol 6mg 2%
  • Sodium 352mg 15%
  • Potassium 44mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
    • Sugars 8g

  • Vitamin A 23%
  • Vitamin C 1%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Meals to Pair with Coleslaw

There are three types of meat best to be paired with your coleslaw. These include chicken, fish and pork. Some ideas that you can easily serve your coleslaw with include the following:

All of these other side dishes or mains are exemplary opportunities to pair your new dish with. Doesn’t matter if it’s the summer, winter or spring, there’s no wrong time to have this side. If you’re asking why is kfc coleslaw so good then the reason is because it can go with absolutely everything.


Arriving on this page you might have believed making your own coleslaw similar to KFC was a farfetched thought, however I hope you’re now excited about being able to make this yourself. Although this isn’t some kfc coleslaw recipe by an ex employee, it’s still as good as the original. We can assure you of that.

I have to admit, the first time I served this up I couldn’t taste the difference and infact, I believe mine even tasted slightly better. Potentially this is down to how fresh the dish was. Overall, a very quick and easy side to prepare, can be paired with absolutely everything (like these nacho fries) and delivers every time. Your family and friends will be amazed at your culinary skills with this dish.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this recipe and how it turned out. Was it exactly like the original or in our case, far better. If you got this far you can say you know how to make a coleslaw salad like kfc.



  1. Wow, I just made this and it was so delicious and creamy just like the recipe. Thank you for putting this together.

  2. How close does this taste to the original KFC coleslaw version?

    • Laura Ritterman

      Hi Matthew,

      Yes absolutely, it tastes better than the real thing! Let us know how you get on when you make it.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, such an awesome recipe!

    I uses 3 tbsps of buttermilk powder mixed with water (approx. 7 ounces). Bought it this buttermilk from walmart.

  4. Thanks for this recipefairy, I made this for my family yesterday. Worked a treat.

    How many calories does kfc coleslaw have?

    • Laura Ritterman

      You’re welcome Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it.

      There are 144 calories in the official recipe but only 125 calories in our version, to make it slightly healthier.

  5. Been looking for this recipe for a while, so glad I get to try this out later! Can’t believe how low the calories are, that’s awesome.

  6. KFC coleslaw is my favorite, can’t wait to try this!

  7. Onyinye Elochukwu

    This would be awesome to try for my family this weekend

  8. Melton C McKinney

    I’ve tried there coleslaw and don’t much care for it.
    I would rate it 2 of 5 stars.

  9. It was good.

  10. Michael Coovert

    I love KFC cole slaw. This recipe is pretty close

  11. I really like it, as long as it doesnt have too much liquid

  12. I would highly recommend it!

  13. very very good coleslaw

  14. Debbie Welchert

    This slaw looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try it out.


    This is a super tasty coleslaw

  16. Charles Burton

    KFC used to be my favorite. This was Better. Don’t change a thing.

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