Copycat KFC Coleslaw (Better than KFC)

If you’ve ever had KFC Coleslaw you know it’s some of the best coleslaw around. But this copycat recipe is even Better Than KFC Coleslaw! You can recreate this famous recipe in no time at all!

Homemade copycat KFC coleslaw in a small wood bowl.

Why this Recipe Works:

My recipe is an incredibly easy way to make homemade coleslaw. If you have never made one of my recipes before, never fear – I promise, this one really is easy. I think that if you cut everything by hand, you can get it closer to what is served in KFC. This is a KFC coleslaw recipe without buttermilk, so there are no fancy ingredients to buy.

However, you can use a food processor if you like to chop all of these vegetables. It’s also ok to buy a package of coleslaw mix to avoid chopping altogether. However, the mix you buy in the store has the cabbage core in it which will give the coleslaw a somewhat different taste.

  • Please note: There is no bell pepper in the KFC Coleslaw. This is an optional suggestion only to add the bell pepper to my recipe.

Tips & Variations:

  • Please do not use mayonnaise: This Kentucky Fried Chicken coleslaw recipe is made with Miracle Whip This recipe requires Miracle Whip, which has a nice sweetness. If you use mayonnaise, your recipe will taste like every ordinary coleslaw in your grocery store. KFC Coleslaw became famous because it had less of a vinegary taste to it and more sweetness than other coleslaws. If you go changing it around, you can’t expect it to taste the same.
  • Make ahead of time: It’s important to let the slaw sit and steep in its juices for a minimum of one hour before serving. The longer it steeps the better it’s going to taste. I like to make this coleslaw a day or two before I need to serve it because the flavors get the chance to marry and improve.
  • Option to use tarragon vinegar: I am told by former KFC employees that you can use tarragon vinegar for a more authentic taste. However, I have made this more times than I can count with regular white distilled vinegar.

Ingredients for homemade copycat KFC coleslaw recipe.

What is KFC Coleslaw made of?

America’s favorite coleslaw is made of:

  • green cabbage
  • white onion
  • carrots
  • Miracle Whip Light
  • sugar
  • vinegar
  • vegetable oil

How to Make this Better than KFC Coleslaw:

My recipe for KFC coleslaw is with Miracle Whip. This recipe starts with the food processor. Cut up the cabbage and place it in the food processor. You’ll also cut up the green pepper (if you decide to use it), onion, and the carrot at this time. Use only 1/4-1/2 of the onion and green pepper but use all of the carrots.

In a mixing bowl, combine the Miracle Whip, vinegar, oil, and sugar until smooth. Give it a taste and see if it’s sweet with just a hint of vinegar – then you know it’s right. If not, you can just add a hint of what you are missing.

Add the sauce to the veggies and mix well. Let stand at least one hour to let the flavors come together.

Make Better Than KFC Coleslaw at home

Yum – this is the perfect side dish for many dishes. I believe there used to be an ad saying something like: “Come to Kentucky Fried Chicken for food that is as good as you get at home!”

Now, you can make food at home that is even better than what you get at KFC – Col. Sanders better watch out! I love to bring this coleslaw to a special event; the bowl always comes home empty. And, even if you have a family member who doesn’t like coleslaw, they’ll come back for seconds.

What makes KFC Coleslaw so good?

Sometimes coleslaw recipes aren’t well balanced, this recipe gives you just the right amount of creamy dressing, the crispy cabbage will not get too waterlogged with too much dressing. This recipe also balances the right amount of sweet and savory, so it’s always perfect.

If you've ever had KFC Coleslaw you know it's some of the best coleslaw around. But this copycat recipe is even Better Than KFC Coleslaw!

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Homemade copycat KFC coleslaw in a small wood bowl.

Better Than KFC Coleslaw – An easy coleslaw recipe

You can make homemade coleslaw that tastes even better than KFC.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coleslaw Recipe, KFC Recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 177kcal

Ingredients

  • 13 cups chopped cabbage This is about 1 large head of cabbage or 2 medium heads of cabbage
  • 1 green bell pepper (optional, there is no bell pepper in the KFC recipe)
  • 1/2 cup choped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1 medium size carrot
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip Light
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  • If you are lucky enough to have a food processor, get it out of your cupboard. Start to cut up the cabbage and place it in the processor. While cutting up the cabbage, also cut up small slices of green pepper, onion, and carrot and add to the processor. 
  • Mixing up the ingredients this way will help distribute the flavors throughout the slaw. You may want to use a little less of the onion, or green bell pepper, but do use all of the carrot.   
  • If you do not have a food processor, no problem, simply chop the cabbage, onions, and carrots into small pieces.  Add chopped green bell pepper if desired. 
  • Now mix Miracle Whip, vinegar, oil, and sugar until you have a smooth mixture. The taste should be sweet with just a hint of vinegar. 
  • Amount of dressing may be increased or decreased according to the amount of slaw you are making. Add to cut up veggies and mix well. Let stand at least one hour to let flavors mix. 

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Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • Green bell pepper is optional.
  • The cole slaw tastes better the next day!
  • To save time you can use pre packaged already chopped coleslaw.
  • Tarragon vinegar can give this slaw extra flavor.
This recipe was created by Bill Cosby (Bill Cosby from Missouri, not the actor/comedian) but it doesn't include bell peppers.  I added a bell pepper for a little added crunch.  But it's only an optional suggestion to add the bell pepper to this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1185IU | Vitamin C: 43.7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Brielle Luna

    5 stars
    My family was about to have a typical Sunday night dinner at some restaurant here in our city. While I was working, I happened to open this blog of yours and my son asked me to do it. So, I did.
    Our Sunday just got incredible. 🙂

  2. John Pacenta

    I have not tried this recipe yet, but it is similar to the Cole slaw that we made in our restaurant for 30 years, however we did not use bell pepper or vinegar. Instead of vinegar we used unsweetened orange juice. We would use between 3 & 5 gallons a week. There were no food processors then, the cabbage would be grated by hand. I think the vinegar sounds great, and. I will try it the next time I do Cole slaw. (Tip: coleslaw mix will save time for small batches)

  3. Nite Loon

    Since you say to cut up carrot and onion fine, why don;t you do that. NO WAY can the carrot or onion can be considered FINE CHOPPED/

  4. Pearl

    Hardly ever buy miracle whip. When I need a sweet dressing, I just add sugar to mayonnaise and milk to thin it out.

    Thank you for the recipe! Love KFC coleslaw! Got packaged slaw in the fridge. Think I’ll add craisins and maybe chopped walnuts. Yum! Nice side to go with bbq tonight.

  5. baltisraul

    5 stars
    Tarragon vinegar takes this from great to outstanding. Do yourself a favor and try it on a batch! In addition the difference is going from great to outstanding is that the tarragon version people ask for the recipe!!!

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