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.
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.
🥛 Buttermilk Substitution
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 ½ 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!
⭐ Copycat Rating
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.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
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.
🥣 How to make Copycat KFC Coleslaw
In a large bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients until smooth and well combined. Add coleslaw mix and toss until evenly coated.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate 4 hours minimum or overnight. Stir well before serving.
Copycat KFC Coleslaw
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Onion, Finely Grated
- ⅓ Cup White Sugar
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Buttermilk
- ¼ Cup Whole Milk
- 1 ½ tablespoon White Vinegar
- 2 ½ tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 16 oz Coleslaw Mix
- 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.
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.