KFC Coleslaw Recipe {Copy-Cat}

KFC Coleslaw is the perfect summer side dish. This delicious and easy-to-make Copycat Recipe is perfect for potlucks, picnics, and summer barbeques.

KFC copycat coleslaw

KFC Coleslaw Recipe {Copy-Cat}

I love coleslaw as a side to just about anything at a barbeque. This homemade coleslaw is the perfect side for just about anything summer-related like sandwiches, grilled meat, potlucks, and summer BBQs.

It’s simple to make too. The best part is that you can make this in advance. The flavors in this coleslaw only taste better the next day. What’s not to love about that?


Make-Ahead and Storage

How many days in advance can I make this recipe?

KFC Coleslaw gets better after it soaks in the dressing for at least 2 hours. It’s even better the day after making it. Ideally, you’ll want to serve this slaw within 1-2 days of making it. This slaw is the perfect make-ahead side to your dish.

Can I Freeze this Recipe?

Unfortunately, this recipe does not hold up when frozen


How long does this coleslaw last? 

Store this Copycat KFC coleslaw recipe covered in an airtight container and in the refrigerator for 3-4 days

KFC Coleslaw recipe

This coleslaw is the perfect side to take to summer gatherings. Everyone will be so happy you brought it and you’ll definitely be getting recipe requests.

Tips and Tricks

Chilling – This recipe needs time in the fridge to chill. The ingredients need time to come together and give you that delicious flavor you find at Kentucky Fried Chicken that you’ve grown to know and love

Food Processor – These ingredients should be finely minced. You can use a food processor to do this chopping one ingredient at a time

Temperature – Coleslaw is best served cold. If you are transporting this recipe or serving it outside on a hot summer day consider placing your serving dish or container on top of a bed of ice to

Serving – Use a large slotted spoon for serving. The dressing does tend to be a little runny and a slotted spoon will help remove any excess dressing from your portion before placing it onto your plate

Serving Size – This recipe serves 6 people a generous amount of coleslaw. For a large gathering, you can double the recipe

KFC Coleslaw on display

Are you ready to make this copy-cat recipe? Let’s make sure you have everything you’re going to need:


  • buttermilk – this is necessary to add some tang to the recipe
  • mayonnaise – for creaminess
  • sugar – granulate sugar cuts through the tang in the buttermilk and vinegar to balance this recipe out
  • milk – 2% or whole milk are both fine. I would not use fat-free milk
  • white vinegar – another ingredient that lends to the tanginess
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 large head of cabbage – finely chopped
  • baby carrots – finely chopped
  • sweet Vidalia onion – finely chopped
  • Suggested Equipment – Food processor for chopping cabbage, carrots, and onion

How do you make a KFC Coleslaw Copycat Recipe?


  • Make the KFC coleslaw dressing in a small bowl by using a whisk to mix the buttermilk, mayo, sugar, milk, vinegar, salt, and pepper
  • In a large bowl, add the minced cabbage, carrots, and onion
  • Pour the buttermilk dressing over the cabbage mixture and fold in until mixed

Other Copycat Recipes you might like…

Cracker Barrel Copy-Cat Pancakes 

Chili’s Copy-Cat Salsa 

Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing Copy-Cat 

Copy-Cat Orange Julius Drink

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    KFC coleslaw side recipe

    KFC Coleslaw Recipe – Copycat

    A delicious coleslaw recipe that is easy to make and perfect for any potluck
    5 from 2 votes
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    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 246cal
    Author: Melissa


    • mixing bowls
    • mixing utensils
    • food processor for chopping vegetables


    • ¼ cup buttermilk
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • cup sugar granulated
    • ¼ cup milk 2% or whole
    • 1&1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ¼ tsp. pepper ground black pepper
    • 1 large cabbage head – finely chopped
    • ½ cup baby carrots – finely chopped
    • 1 small Sweet Vidalia onion – finely chopped


    • Make your dressing by mixing the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sugar, milk, vinegar, salt, and pepper
    • In a large bowl, mix the chopped cabbage, carrots and onions
    • Pour the dressing over the chopped vegetables
    • Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The longer it soaks in the juices the better! 🙂


    • The coleslaw should keep well, covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week
    Nutrition facts are only an estimate 


    Calories: 246cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1721IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg

    ~ Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do

    Ingredients for KFC Copycat Coleslaw Recipe

    5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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    1. Chef John

      5 stars
      One of my favorite slaws is the one from KFC. This “copycat” version comes very very close. Regardless of whether you think it does or not, it is a recipe and coleslaw worth your time to make. Enjoy!!

      1. Melissa

        Thank you so much for coming back to tell me you enjoyed the recipe and that it comes very very close! I’m so happy that you liked it.