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KFC Coleslaw Recipe – BEST Copycat

If you love the famous KFC Coleslaw recipe, you’ll love knowing how to make it at home with some simple ingredients and an easy hack for extra crispy slaw! This is a great BBQ Side dish idea to feed a crowd.

Be sure to pair this with a batch of Cheddar Bay Biscuits!

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

KFC Coleslaw Recipe

Guys, I did a lot of testing and research to bring you this recipe, and trust me. This is the best copycat that you’ll find for KFC’s famous coleslaw recipe.

The ingredient list is important, so try to stick to it.

What is KFC Coleslaw Made Of?

Ingredient quantities and full written instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Green Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Tarragon
  • Miracle Whip
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Celery Salt

PRO TIP: Using Miracle Whip is one of the secrets to  KFC’s Coleslaw recipe. It’s sweeter, spicier, and contains less oil content than mayonnaise.

Overhead view of ingredients needed to make Copycat KFC Coleslaw

How to Make it

1. Salt and Drain the Cabbage: Optional, will yield crispier results.

  • Add 1 Tablespoon of salt per head of shredded cabbage.
  • Let it sit in a colander for 1-2 hours. The salt will draw out a lot of the water in the cabbage.
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture with paper towels or a cheese cloth.

2. Prepare the Dressing

  • Combine the oil, sugar, and celery salt. Stir in the vinegar and tarragon. Fold in the Miracle Whip.
  • Add the carrots and the cabbage, toss well.

3. Serve immediately or marinate.

  • Ideally, you’ll allow the coleslaw to marinate for 12-24 hours, especially if you salted the cabbage first. This will taste most like KFC’s version.
  • Otherwise, serve immediately.

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

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 it.

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

To prevent this, it’s recommended that you salt and drain your cabbage prior to making this recipe.

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 should be kept at room temperature for no more than 2 hours.

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

What to Serve with Coleslaw

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KFC Coleslaw Recipe - BEST Copycat

5 from 3 ratings
This easy KFC Coleslaw recipe tastes just like the original! It's made with Miracle Whip and without buttermilk, just like the classic version!


  • 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


Salting and Draining Your Cabbage (Optional)

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Combine the oil, sugar, and celery salt until uniform in consistency.
  • Stir in the vinegar and tarragon until well-combined.
  • Fold in the Miracle Whip.
  • Add the carrots and cabbage and toss well to fully combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least 12 hours prior to serving, although 24 hours is ideal.


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!


Calories: 300kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 660mg, Potassium: 385mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 2270IU, Vitamin C: 67.3mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 1mg
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11 comments on “KFC Coleslaw Recipe – BEST Copycat”

  1. Turned out great! I had to sub Mayo for miracle whip and basil for terragon but it got my husband the ultimate coleslaw critic to remark “And THAT’S how coleslaw should taste!”😋 Served on southern night with some bbq shrimp, the cozy cook’s mashed potatoes of course, and chedder jalapeno biscuits, it helped pull everything together!♥️

    • Wow that’s so amazing your husband said that! People can take their coleslaw verrrrry seriously! Sounds like a yummy meal overall, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and review💗

  2. Haven’t tried the recipe yet, but look forward to it. I love KFC coleslaw! Just want to mention a little spelling issue in your recipe for coleslaw. Marinade is a noun. Marinate is a verb. If you are soaking cabbage in dressing, it is marinate. The dressing then becomes the marinade. I very much enjoy your site and your recipes. You are wonderfully detail-oriented and that’s so helpful for cooking instructions. Your photos are beautiful and I love your writing style. Thanks for your blog.

    • I have *always* had a problem with that specific word!!! I can’t tell you how many times I have caught myself making that mistake, thank you so much, I will fix it now! I’m so happy that you are enjoying the recipes! Thank you for your support!!

  3. Can I use the bagged, already shredded, cabbage & carrots

  4. Love the recipe however I chopped the cabbage insteaded of shredding because KFS’S coleslaw is chopped –

  5. This is how my grandma always made her coleslaw. I used to think that KFC stole her recipe. 😁😁

  6. I served this for my family over the weekend and everyone enjoyed it more than the main course! We had no leftovers, thanks for the great recipe!

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