Copycat KFC Coleslaw

Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe – Recreate the iconic taste of KFC’s famous coleslaw at home with our irresistible recipe! Crisp and crunchy coleslaw mix tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing made from buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, and a hint of sweetness from sugar. This classic side dish pairs perfectly with your favorite fried chicken or barbecue ribs, providing a refreshing and satisfying complement to any meal!

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Easy Coleslaw Recipe

KFC coleslaw is a classic side dish that boasts a perfect balance of creamy, tangy, and slightly sweet flavors. A crisp and crunchy blend of shredded cabbage and carrots enveloped in a luscious dressing made from creamy buttermilk, mayonnaise, and a hint of tartness from lemon juice and white vinegar. The addition of sugar adds a touch of sweetness that perfectly balances the tanginess of the dressing. Each bite is bursting with flavor and texture, making KFC Coleslaw the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Whether enjoyed alongside fried chicken, grilled burgers, or sandwiches, this iconic coleslaw is sure to be a hit at any gathering or family dinner.

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How to Make KFC Coleslaw

This slaw recipe is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayo, sugar, lemon juice, and white vinegar. Season with salt, and black pepper to taste. Add a bag of coleslaw mix with carrots and grated onion. Toss to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate a few hours before serving.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use a bag of coleslaw mix with green cabbage, red cabbage and carrotsin this recipe.
    • I like to chop the coleslaw mix with a sharp knife before adding it to the bowl.
    • You can substitute 1 pound of finely chopped cabbage and 2 shredded carrots.
    • Grate the cabbage and carrots on a box grater or a food processor.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • honey for sugar
    • apple cider vinegar for white vinegar
    • ¼ cup milk and ¼ cup buttermilk
    • bell peppers
    • Miracle Whip
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Leftovers are great on tacos or a bbq sandwich.
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What to Serve with KFC Coleslaw

This slaw is the perfect side dish for any upcoming potlucks, picnics, or BBQs.

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KFC Coleslaw

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe – Recreate the iconic taste of KFC's famous coleslaw at home with our irresistible recipe! Crisp and crunchy coleslaw mix tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing made from buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, and a hint of sweetness from sugar. This classic side dish pairs perfectly with your favorite fried chicken or barbecue ribs, providing a refreshing and satisfying complement to any meal!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1 (16-oz) package coleslaw mix
  • 3 Tbsp finely grated onion

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, white vinegar, salt and black pepper. until combined.
  • Add coleslaw mix and grated onion. Toss to coat.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days before serving.

Notes:

  • I use a bag of coleslaw mix with green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots in this recipe.
    • I like to chop the coleslaw mix with a sharp knife before adding it to the bowl.
    • You can substitute 1 pound of finely chopped cabbage and 2 shredded carrots.
    • Grate the cabbage and carrots on a box grater or a food processor.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • honey for sugar
    • apple cider vinegar for white vinegar
    • ¼ cup milk and ¼ cup buttermilk
    • bell peppers
    • Miracle Whip
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Leftovers are great on tacos or a bbq sandwich.

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    1. Yes, the tarragon vinegar is what i have found makes the kfc copycat so true. Been doing it for years.

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