KFC Cole Slaw
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KFC Cole Slaw

A good friend of ours came to stay at our house, and I wanted to make a batch of Deviled Fried Chicken for dinner. I also made Southern Buttermilk Biscuits but wanted another side dish to go with everything. When the thought of cole slaw hit me, I decided to see if I could find a KFC copycat recipe.

KFC Cole Slaw

This slaw really does hit the spot. It tastes just like KFC’s slaw, maybe even better! It’s nice and cool and creamy, and if you use the shredder blade attachment on a food processor, it comes together in a snap.

KFC Cole Slaw

KFC Cole Slaw
Top Secret Recipes – Todd Wilbur

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup granulated 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
8 cups finely chopped cabbage (about 1 head)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot)
2 tablespoons minced onion

1. Be sure the cabbage and carrots are chopped up into very fine pieces (about the size of rice).

2. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl and beat until smooth.

3. Add the cabbage, carrots, and onion, and mix well.

4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serves 10 to 12.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Becca Heflin

    KFC is like my secret comfort food fix…. I haven’t had their coleslaw in about a year. I’m totally making a batch of this over the weekend! <3

    • BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      My husband loves KFC, too, but I’d much rather make it at home (even though there’s one RIGHT up the street from our house). Hope you enjoy this!

  • Bethany

    I could hug you right now. I haven’t had KFC in over 10 years, but if I could magically eat fast food and not feel gross, I’d totally eat KFC’s cole slaw, mashed potatoes, and gravy. So amazingly delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

    • BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Yay!! I hear ya – my husband LOVES KFC, but it makes my stomach hurt. This homemade version is wonderful – enjoy!

  • Shosh Ornstein

    It looks yummy. But more a question than a comment: Why are some ingredients coloured red in the recipe? And once that’s done, wouldn’t it be considerate to give an explanation at the end of the list? Not a life-or-death issue, I know, but left a bit of a taste in my mouth…..

    • Ashley

      Hi Shosh – thanks for the question! The orange text links to ingredients over on Amazon. I add in links to help people when shopping where applicable. If there’s ever a note about an ingredient, I mark it with an asterisk* in the ingredient list and will add any clarification in the notes section after the recipe. Hope that makes sense!

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