KFC Coleslaw Recipe

Make copycat KFC Coleslaw that’s better than the original! Everyone’s favorite fried chicken side dish is easy to replicate at home. This fresh coleslaw has a tangy buttermilk dressing that keeps you coming back for more.

Love to replicate restaurant dishes at home? Us too. Check out this Panera Macaroni and Cheese for another copycat favorite! Or give our chick-fil-a coleslaw recipe a try too!

Copycat KFC coleslaw in a white serving bowl.

Why this Recipe is Best

We tested and tasted and tested again to bring you the BEST homemade version of the Kentucky Fried chicken chain’s famous slaw. This side dish is a sure fire hit for any barbecue or summer picnic.

  • The coleslaw is made with real mayonnaise
  • Fresh carrot adds pop of color and crunch.
  • It has the perfect balance of creamy and tangy flavors
  • This tastes just like authentic KFC Coleslaw.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for copycat KFC coleslaw recipe.

Carrot. I like to buy a whole carrot and shred it myself. Store bought shredded carrots tend to dry out and use their flavor quickly.

Cabbage. Just like the carrot, I recommend buying whole heads and shredding yourself.

Buttermilk. My homemade buttermilk substitute can be used.

Mayonnaise. Use real full fat mayo (not miracle whip) for best flavor.

Easy Instructions

STEP 1. Shred the carrot and cabbage.

Pulse the carrot and cabbage in a food processor until they form rice-sized pieces. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Carrots and cabbage in food processor shredded.

STEP 2. Mix dressing

Whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sugar, minced onion, lemon juice and vinegar. Pour dressing over the cabbage and carrots and toss.

STEP 3. Chill

Cover the bowl and chill coleslaw for 2 hours before serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • Serve cold. KFC coleslaw tastes best straight from the fridge!
  • Don’t rush the marinating. Leaving the slaw in the fridge for at least 2 hours helps the flavors fully develop and combine.
  • Storing. Store prepared KFC coleslaw in the fridge and enjoy within 2 days for best freshness.
  • Serve on a bun with root beer pulled pork!
Coleslaw in a serving bowl with spoon.

Recipe FAQS

How far in advance can I prepare this coleslaw?

I recommend making the coleslaw between 2 and 8 hours in advance for best results. The slaw will still taste good after 8 hours but the veggies won’t be as crunchy.

What main dishes go well with coleslaw?

KFC Coleslaw goes perfectly with all kinds of chicken dishes, of course! Try it with these Baked Chicken Thighs or BBQ Chicken sandwiches. Coleslaw is also a great side dish for BBQ Jackfruit Sliders and Pulled Pork.

How long can coleslaw sit out at room temperature?

Coleslaw can be left out at room temperature for about 2 hours. After that, it should be placed in the refrigerator to keep from spoiling.
If you’re serving this outside in the summer or have a very warm house, I wouldn’t leave it out for more than an hour.

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Yield: 12 servings

KFC Coleslaw Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Make copycat KFC Coleslaw that's better than the original! Everyone's favorite fried chicken side dish is easy to replicate at home. This fresh coleslaw has a tangy buttermilk dressing that keeps you coming back for more.


  • 1 head cabbage, finely chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 carrot, finely shredded and chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion


  1. Chop and shred carrots and cabbage using a food processor, pulsing until they are about the size of rice. Do not OVER pulse. Pour into a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, and minced onion.
  3. Pour dressing over carrot and cabbage mixture. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Easy to make, quick to assemble and oh-so-tasty, KFC Coleslaw is the best! You’ll love this copycat KFC recipe served with any chicken dinner.

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Posted on July 17, 2021

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