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A Recipe for Authentic KFC Coleslaw

Updated on September 22, 2017

This is the REAL DEAL!

Everyone says that fast food chain restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken has the best cole slaw around. Well, I got this recipe from a guy who swears that he worked there, and that this is THE authentic recipe for it. It is creamy and sweet, a perfect side for barbecue pulled pork. This recipe serves 12.

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

Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw


  • 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.

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


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      Stephanie Das 10 months ago from Miami, US

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

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      Stephanie Das 10 months ago from Miami, US

      Awesome, I hope you like it!

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      Kathy 2 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 2 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.

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      Stephanie Das 6 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 6 years ago from United States

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

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

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

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      oopsydoopsygirl 6 years ago from somewhere by the beach

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