A Recipe for Authentic KFC Coleslaw

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Stephanie loves to save money in any way possible so she can spend it traveling and eating expensive food.

This Tastes Like Real KFC Coleslaw!

Everyone says that the fast food chain restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken has the best coleslaw around. Well, I hear they keep their recipe a closely guarded secret, but I swear this recipe is right up there with theirs! It is creamy, sweet, and a perfect side for barbecue pulled pork. This recipe serves 12.

A coleslaw tip my grandmother gave me: Toss in peanuts for an extra salty crunch!



  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 1/4 cups Miracle Whip. This is a commercial mayonnaise substitute and is essential for this slaw's sweet flavor.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 head green cabbage


  1. Grate the carrots and cabbage, mix together.
  2. Mix oil, onions, vinegar, tarragon, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in Miracle Whip.
  4. Pour the mixture over the carrots and cabbage.
  5. Mix everything together very well.
  6. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Storage Tip: Store it covered in the refrigerator. It is best if made one night before you serve it.

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      • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie Das 

        3 years ago from Miami, US

        Hmm. The guy might be full of it but I think its a tasty recipe :)

      • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie Das 

        3 years ago from Miami, US

        Awesome, I hope you like it!

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        5 years ago

        I worked for KFC for years as a manager and I will tell you two things... One, THIS IS NOT a true KFC recipe... come on, Miracle Whip? And two, the sauce comes in a container, the dry ingredients come in a bag already chopped, you open bag, add the container of sauce and mix... 1 container of sauce per two bags of slaw mix. Been that way for many years. The recipe is created at the warehouse and packaged, just as his secret spices are. The ingredients are not even on the box on anything. You might throw some stuff together and get close, but you won't hit it right on, the guy is full of it.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        5 years ago from the beautiful south

        We love KFC but have never noticed any onion flavor at all. I will try it though, got nothing against onion. lol

        Thanks for sharing.

      • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie Das 

        8 years ago from Miami, US

        What is Brookville Hotel? coleslaw is one of those things that you have to shop around for, everyone has their own recipe. Thanks for commenting!

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        Karen N 

        8 years ago from United States

        Sounds great, next to the coleslaw from the Brookville Hotel I love KFC's coleslaw.

      • stephaniedas profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie Das 

        8 years ago from Miami, US

        You're welcome. Its really good, and I personally loved it with peanuts.

      • oopsydoopsygirl profile image


        8 years ago from somewhere by the beach

        I love KFC's slaw. This is a must-try. Thanks for sharing.


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