Copycat KFC Coleslaw

If you’re looking to make KFC’s Coleslaw recipe, you’ve come to the right place! Forget about the milk and the buttermilk- come here to discover the real secret ingredients to make this classic summer side dish!

Pair this with some Cheddar Bay Biscuits and you’ll have it made!

White bowl filled with Copycat KFC Coleslaw on a wooden cutting board with biscuits in the background.

Guys, I did a tremendous amount of research to bring you this recipe, and trust me. This is the closest replica that you’ll find for KFC’s famous coleslaw.

The 3 key ingredients:

  • Tarragon
  • Miracle Whip
  • Apple Cider Vinegar.

What you won’t find in KFC’s Coleslaw:

  • Milk
  • Buttermilk

So now that we’ve covered that, let’s go over some essential info that you need to know to have the most flavorful, crispiest coleslaw ever! Read on my friends.

Overhead view of ingredients needed to make Copycat KFC Coleslaw

KFC Coleslaw with Mayo vs. Miracle Whip

Miracle Whip is sweeter, spicier, and contains less oil content than mayonnaise.

It’s also what you need to use for this to taste like KFC’s signature Coleslaw recipe. Although you can substitute mayo, it won’t taste as close to the KFC version.

Glass jar filled with Copycat KFC Coleslaw sauce on a wooden surface.

When to Mix Coleslaw

Some recipes advise you to make the coleslaw dressing separately and add it to the cabbage and carrots just before serving. This is not my recommendation.

In order to really achieve the signature KFC Coleslaw flavor and texture, the coleslaw should marinate for 24 hours prior to serving.

A hand holding a glass jar over a glass bowl of Copycat KFC Coleslaw and pouring the KFC Coleslaw sauce on top.

Will Coleslaw Get Soggy?

In a word? Yes. But you can prevent this!

Green cabbage contains 93% water which can separate when coleslaw is stored for longer periods of time.

Because this recipe is best if mixed and stored for 24 hours prior to serving, it’s recommended that you salt and drain your cabbage prior to making this recipe.

To do this, add one tablespoon of salt per head of shredded cabbage and let it sit in a colander for 1-2 hours.

After sitting, the cabbage will appear wilted, but will crisp back up once you squeeze out the excess moisture, which can be done with paper towels or a cheese cloth.

PRO TIP! This nifty cabbage shredder makes the shredding process easier and helps to ensure that your slices are all thin and evenly sliced!

Macro image of watery shredded green cabbage.

How Long Will Coleslaw Last in the Fridge

Coleslaw should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and is best if used within 3-5 days.

Chilled Coleslaw shouldn’t be kept at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.

Metal Tongs Pulling up Copycat KFC Coleslaw from a glass bowl.

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3.63 from 8 votes
Servings: 10
BEST Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Coleslaw Recipe, Copycat KFC Coleslaw, KFC Coleslaw Recipe

If you're looking to make KFC's Signature Coleslaw recipe, you've come to the right place! Put away the milk and the buttermilk, and find the actual secret ingredients that you need to make this classic summer side dish!

Ingredients
  • 6 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 6 Teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 ½ cups Miracle Whip
  • 2 carrots finely diced
  • 2 heads green cabbage finely shredded
Instructions
Salting and Draining Your Cabbage (Optional)
  1. If time allows, salt and drain the shredded cabbage prior to assembling to ensure your coleslaw is super crisp. To do this, add 1 To do this, add one tablespoon of salt per head of shredded cabbage and let it sit in a colander for 1-2 hours.
  2. After sitting, the cabbage will appear wilted, but will crisp back up once you squeeze out the excess moisture, which can be done with paper towels or a cheese cloth.
Assembling the Coleslaw
  1. Combine the oil, sugar, and celery salt until uniform in consistency.
  2. Stir in the vinegar and terragon until well-combined.
  3. Fold in the Miracle Whip.
  4. Add the carrots and cabbage and toss well to fully combine.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours prior to serving, although 24 hours is ideal.
Recipe Notes

2 diced whole carrots is equal to about 2 cups .

This nifty cabbage shredder makes the shredding process easier and helps to ensure that your slices are all thin and evenly sliced!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 300, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 660mg, Potassium: 385mg, Carbohydrates: 52g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 43g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 2270%, Vitamin C: 67.3%, Calcium: 83%, Iron: 1%