Coleslaw (tastes just like KFC)

Our Version of KFCs Coleslaw

I love coleslaw but hate paying $4 a pound for it. This recipe is CHEAP to make and it is SO easy! You can get 4 times the amount of coleslaw for a fraction of the price you would pay at a deli… PLUS, this tastes much better than deli coleslaw! (The coleslaw actually comes out creamier than what it looks like in the picture.. )

Coleslaw (tastes just like KFC)

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  • 8 c. cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. shredded carrot
  • (or you can use a couple bags of the pre-chopped cabbage-carrot mixture)
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. mustard (optional, but adds a nice flavor)


  • Chop up the cabbage and carrots into fine pieces.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar, lemon juice and mustard, and whisk until smooth. Add the cabbage and carrots. Mix well.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain excess liquid and stir well before serving.


  1. Brenda Sue says:

    I LOVE KFC's coleslaw!! And being five and a half months pregnant I crave it SO MUCH. I am so going to make this!!! Thank you!

  2. dena says:

    I have been making a KFC clone for several years now that is a little simpler to make:

  3. Crogan Family says:

    I made this for my family and they couldn't stop talking about how good it was – Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kaydee says:

    I worked at KFC for many years and personally made the coleslaw myself… and there’s had onion. Which I HATE.. so I LOVE this recipe!

  5. z says:

    America’s test kitchen says if you salt the shredded cabbage/carrot mixture, place it in a colander over a bowl and let it set for at least an hour, it will render most of the liquid out. Simply drain then toss with the rest of ingredients . That way you won’t lose any of the flavor when you drain. 🙂

    • Erica says:

      haha I actually saw that episode! Maybe I did something wrong but for some reason the cabbage came out too salty and I ended up throwing it all out. I probably used too much salt and needed to go re-watch the episode. I will definitely be trying it again and possibly update this recipe accordingly if it turns out!

  6. Lynne says:

    I actually made this and it does taste like the KFC coleslaw but even better! Thanks for the great recipe!

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