Copycat KFC Coleslaw

5 from 2 votes

This Copycat recipe of KFC’s Coleslaw. A great side dish for those summer BBQ’s with the family. A super easy slaw recipe.

Copycat KFC Coleslaw

I remember it like it was yesterday. My dad getting a bucket of KFC chicken for dinner. My brother and I always thought it was cool that we were eating dinner out of a bucket. What I don’t recall is ever having their coleslaw.

My first recollection of having their coleslaw was in my teens. Since I mostly cook our meals and rarely do takeout, I will admit I have not enjoyed KFC coleslaw very often, so I just had to make this Copycat KFC Coleslaw.

Copycat KFC Coleslaw

Fast forward to today. I’ve been on a kick to find “copycat” recipes and see if they are really as good as the restaurants they come from.

I have to assume that everyone has eaten at KFC at least once in their life but if KFC is foreign to you, make sure you check out their website.

While this coleslaw is super easy to make, it does need to rest in the fridge at least 4 hours preferably overnight. This will give everything a chance to meld together. It is well worth the wait!

If you prefer to make your own coleslaw mix, just add some cabbage and carrots to your food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.

If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes. Since this recipe calls for 1/2 cup you will need to adjust accordingly.

Another option is to use a cultured buttermilk blend. All you need to do is add water. I was very skeptical at first but in a pinch it works great!

cultured buttermilk blend

For another great copycat coleslaw recipe, you have to try my Copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw. Make sure you check out my nice collection of Copycat recipes.

Since the goal of a Copycat Recipe is for it to taste exactly like the original, it’s only natural to rate this recipe against the original. This Copycat recipe rates a solid 9 out of 10 in my opinion.

You will need the following ingredients to make this copycat coleslaw recipe from KFC (see recipe card for quantities): Yellow Onion, White Sugar, Mayonnaise, Buttermilk, Whole Milk, White Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Salt, Ground Black Pepper and Coleslaw Mix.

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients until smooth and well combined. Add coleslaw mix and toss until evenly coated.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours minimum or overnight. Stir well before serving.

Printable Recipe Card

Copycat KFC Coleslaw

Copycat KFC Coleslaw

This Copycat recipe of KFC's Coleslaw. A great side dish for those summer BBQ's with the family. A super easy slaw recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 4
Calories 306 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Onion, Finely Grated
  • Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Buttermilk
  • ¼ Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 ½ Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 16 oz Coleslaw Mix

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients until smooth and well combined. Add coleslaw mix and toss until evenly coated.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate 4 hours minimum or overnight. Stir well before serving.

Notes

→ If you don’t have Buttermilk on hand, you can use this trick as a substitute: Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add milk and fill to the 1 cup measurement line. Stir the mixture together and let sit for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 511mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 45.1mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 0.6mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Mona, says:

    This coleslaw tastes exactly like the real thing. My favorite part of going to KFC. Besides their chicken, this coleslaw is the best.

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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