KFC Copycat Coleslaw Recipe

Our KFC Copycat Coleslaw recipe tastes just like what they serve at the restaurant, but now you can make it at home. This coleslaw recipe is the perfect side dish to your BBQ.

coleslaw recipe inspired by KFC

Inspired Coleslaw Recipe

Did you know we get a lot of our recipe inspiration from our favorite restaurants? We love making restaurant-worthy recipes at home!

This KFC Coleslaw is spot on and goes perfectly with just about any meal.

To cut down on time, buy a bag of shredded cabbage and carrots in the produce section of your grocery store. If the cabbage is cut too thick, you can finely chop what’s in the bag or run it through the food processor.

coleslaw Recipe ingredients?

  • head of cabbage
  • shredded carrots
  • onion
  • Miracle Whip (not mayo – to taste like KFC, we need the tang in Miracle Whip!)
  • sugar
  • milk
  • buttermilk
  • lemon juice
  • white vinegar
  • salt and pepper

The secret to a Perfect Coleslaw recipe

We’ve accumulated a lot of tips and tricks over the years and our secret for coleslaw may just be the best one.

If you want perfect coleslaw there is just one thing every great coleslaw recipes asks you to do: let it marinate! This coleslaw recipe will come together in just a matter of minutes, but making sure you give it at least four hours for the flavors to soak together is crucial.

That being said, make sure not to combine your dressing and cabbage too early. We would recommend not making this coleslaw recipe more than 24 hours before serving for maximum freshness.

Coleslaw REcipe Tweaks

Over the years we’ve had so many readers write in to tell us how much they love this copycat KFC coleslaw recipe.

Here are some of their great ideas on tweaking this recipe to fit your tastebuds:

  • If you don’t like the taste of minced onions you can substitute celery seed and still get a good crunch. Some added celery seeds despite keeping in the onions.
  • Some say tarragon vinegar is better than white, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.
  • Don’t have buttermilk? Plain yogurt works great as a substitute!
  • Adding just a little bit of horseradish can bring your flavor up a few notches.
  • Put your slaw through the food processor to finely chop your cabbage if you don’t like the texture of chopped cabbage.
  • Add raisins for a sweet taste and mix-up in texture.

Storing Coleslaw

This can be the toughest part of making coleslaw from home! Seems like after just a day or so coleslaw can get super soggy and become a puddle of liquid.

The trick to keeping your coleslaw at the perfect consistency is to store it in an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge, keeping it fresh for 3-5 days.

Restaurant Recipes at Home

If you love this KFC coleslaw dressing, be sure to check out our brand NEW cookbook. We take 100 of our favorite restaurant recipes and make them at home!

Every recipe has a beautiful mouth-watering photo and has been picky-eater approved. The directions are simple, easy to follow, and do not require any strange ingredients.

This cookbook includes copycat recipes from Wingers, Texas Roadhouse, Starbucks, Panera, Cheesecake Factory, Kneaders, and so much more. We have you covered from drinks, to dessert and everything in-between.

We are so excited to share these recipes with you. Order your copy today!

Six Sisters’ Stuff COPYCAT COOKING <—– Click here to order!

The best foods to serve with coleslaw

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, this KFC CopyCat Coleslaw goes with just about everything. Here’s what we usually pair it with:

Serves: 6-8

KFC Copycat Coleslaw Recipe

4 hr, 10 Prep Time

4 hr, 10 Total Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe


  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Slaw:
  • 1 head cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion


  1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
  2. Finely chop cabbage or run through a food processor.
  3. Combine cabbage, carrots, and onion and toss together.
  4. Pour dressing over the slaw and mix until well combined.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.



80 cal


3 g


10 g


5 g
Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

Be sure to not miss another recipe!
Follow Six Sisters’ Stuff on Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube

Have you checked out our YouTube channel?
Our KFC Copycat Coleslaw pairs great with our Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork!

kfc coleslaw recipe in serving dish

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comment on this Recipe

25 Responses to “KFC Copycat Coleslaw Recipe”

  1. This is the only coleslaw recipe I ever use anymore! It is so good and it does taste just like KfC coleslaw. It is super easy to make too! Sometimes if I don't have buttermilk, I just use 1/2 cup of milk and it still turns out just fine. You have the best recipes!
  2. Sam Nelson
    Kristen! I'm so sad you moved away from our ward and I didn't get to say bye! This recipe rocks (as does all the other stuff I've tried from this blog) and I'm giving the freezer meals a try tonight! Best of luck to you and your cute family!
  3. Susan Richey
    hi There: I;ve been looking for a coleslaw recipe that won't turn into a watery dish the next day... any tips? a huge fan and a tad envious of you and your sisters.. I have three myself but we live far apart and I don't get to see them very much...I miss them everyday....there's nothing like sisters! Susan Richey
  4. rbynelson
    I worked for KFC way back in the stone age and If you live near a grocery store that sells Reeser's products, you can bypass the making of your own slaw dressing. They are the company that makes the dressing for KFC. If you don't want the minced onion in your dressing made from scratch, substitute celery seed and you'll like the little bite as much.
  5. Adrianna O.
    Omg ? i absolutely lovvve this “Copycat KFC Coleslaw recipe” !!!! I made it yesterday for my fiancé, because he is obsessed with the KFC coleslaw! It’s easy to make and it’s very yummy ? & wicked delicious ? what a great recipe @SixSistersstuff ???????? I just made it again tonight for him. It’s so good. I tried it after he took a few bites, and it’s mouth watering ? ? I had to stop because I am lactose intolerant and I’ve never had buttermilk lol and I don’t want the aftermath of it,even though it wouldn’t be TOTALLY WORTH it!

Leave a Reply to Sue

Click here to cancel reply.