kfc coleslaw {copycat}

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I made a huge batch of this delicious “copycat” KFC coleslaw for my granddaughter’s birthday party! It makes a ton, so if you don’t need a vat of coleslaw, you can easily cut the recipe in half.

I’ve tried using a food processor to make this before and it didn’t achieve the very specific consistency of KFC coleslaw. If you’ve enjoyed KFC coleslaw before, you know what I’m talking about. The cabbage isn’t shredded, it’s chopped fine. Sharpen your chef knife for this recipe. You’re going to be doing some serious chopping. The end result is totally worth the effort! This coleslaw is the best!

Just use plain, green cabbage to make KFC coleslaw. No Napa… No purple… just green.

~ serves at least 20 people ~

2 heads green cabbage, chopped fine (approximately 20 cups)

1 cup carrot, chopped fine

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup whole milk

2 cups real mayonnaise

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Remove outer leaves and cores from the heads of cabbage. Discard. Chop cabbage to the consistency of rice kernels. Peel carrots, remove ends and chop to the same consistency as the cabbage. Mix cabbage and carrots together until well blended. I do this right in the food container where I’ll be storing the coleslaw (such as an 8 quart Rubbermaid or Tupperware container.)

In a large bowl, combine: sugar, salt, pepper, buttermilk, whole milk, mayonnaise, vinegar, and lemon juice. Whisk until well blended and smooth. Pour over the cabbage/carrot mixture in the container. Mix very well. Cover and chill for at least two hours prior to serving. When ready to serve, give the coleslaw a good stir again.



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  20 comments for “kfc coleslaw {copycat}

  1. B.Pettis
    April 25, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    They also add green onions to there coleslaw !

    • Melissa
      April 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      They don’t. 🙂 The original, corporate KFC coleslaw doesn’t contain any type of onion.

  2. Carol Ann
    April 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Looks delicious

    • Melissa
      April 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

      thank you! 🙂

  3. sandra
    April 27, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I want it for 2 people not 20

    • Melissa
      April 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

      lol!!! I hear ya 🙂 YUM!

    • KCinTX
      May 8, 2017 at 7:52 am

      1/2 the recipe or 1/4 it to get your amounts…

      • Melissa
        May 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

        The amounts listed are what I actually made. I guess I don’t understand the question.

  4. Rose
    April 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Love the recipe, but mine gets runny. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Melissa
      April 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

      KFC’s coleslaw dressing is a bit more liquid than other coleslaw dressings. If you like it thicker, feel free to add more mayonnaise 🙂

  5. Judith Evaul
    April 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Time saver.. wash and chunk cabbage. Put some chunks into blender (DO NOT PACK TIGHT) fill with water. Press grate button then press ON button quickly press OFF button approximately 3 times each pour into colander REPEAT until all is grated. Leave in colander until fully drained. You will achieve a finely grated head of cabbage. Much faster than chopping.

    • Melissa
      April 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      The consistency of the coleslaw is finely chopped, not shredded. I have yet to find a blender/food processor that achieves the correct consistency of KFC coleslaw. 🙂

  6. Mama Mary
    May 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

    For the perfect consistency you need a food chopper with a hand crank. I would add a picture if the comments would let me. I also have a attachment for the stand mixer that chops it fine. ☺

  7. Tanja
    May 8, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Having large bbq this weekend, will give it a go. My Braun processor makes fine work to carrots & cabbage….guess I’m lucky!!

  8. Eva
    May 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Melissa
      May 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Totally agree! Thanks, Eva! 🙂

    May 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm


    • Melissa
      May 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Enjoy! 🙂

  10. Donna
    May 10, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Melissa how many days can this recipe stay in the Frig?

    • Melissa
      May 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

      It’s good for a week in the fridge 🙂

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