Kentucky Fried Chicken Coleslaw Recipe


I’m not a big Kentucky Fried Chicken fan – actually, I’m not a big chicken fan overall. (Kind of odd since I love turkey sandwiches, but I am an enigma…)  But, I do love those sides – macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and especially the coleslaw.  It’s just the perfect mix of tangy and sweet and chopped so fine.  Well, I found a coleslaw recipe that tastes exactly like it, so you can make it at home.  Enjoy.


1 16-oz. package coleslaw mix
2 TBS minced onion
1/3 C. white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. buttermilk
1 1/2 TBS white wine vinegar
2 1/2 TBS lemon juice

Finely chop coleslaw mix.  Combine coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl.  In another bowl combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar and lemon juice; whisk until smooth.  Pour dressing over coleslaw and onion mixture; mix well.  Cover and chill at least one hour.

13 thoughts on “Kentucky Fried Chicken Coleslaw Recipe

      • Sorry for reviving old thread but YES, KFC *DOES* put horseradish in their coleslaw. As a matter of fact, the last family side of KFC coleslaw I got (last week) had a tiny bit *TOO MUCH* horseradish in it as my wife and I could taste it very well. I finished off the remainder this morning and confirm, it *DOES* have horseradish in KFC coleslaw.

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  2. I don’t know about anyone else BUT once you get the milk, lemon juice and vinegar together aren’t you just making MORE buttermilk ?? – LOL
    I mean, that is the way they say to make a buttermilk substitute when you don’t have the real thing.
    Saw a couple of other recipes… One adds bell pepper the other taragon.
    The taragon comment say, “that’s the secret spice.”
    Thinking of trying the taragon BUT don’t think I ever caught a hint of bell pepper in the real KFC version.
    Good luck folks,

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  5. i have tried all the name brand cole slaw including thumanns they look like thowup and they taste like suicide the kfc is the only one that taste right thank you for that simple recipie i am going to try it bless you

  6. It is not KFC coleslaw without their two secret ingredients, which many have figured out, anyone with a refined palette can discern, and no one seems to publish. Pineapple and horseradish are the key flavor components that make KFC coleslaw so mysteriously different than all of the traditional slaws. I’m not sure of the ratios for this recipe, but anyone telling you you’re going to get the same flavor without these two interval ingredients is either unaware or just helping to keep the secret. Beware, though! I’ve seen some sites that say tarragon vinegar is the secret flavor. It is not! It doesn’t make a bad coleslaw, but it will not taste like KFC’s, if that’s what you’re after.

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