August 18, 2023Review Recipe
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This KFC copycat coleslaw uses simple ingredients to recreate the crunchy, creamy top-secret classic recipe at home. With crisp vegetables and a made-from-scratch tangy sauce, this delicious side dish is a favorite.
KFC Copycat Coleslaw Ingredients
The blend of crunchy vegetables combined with a creamy, tangy dressing creates the perfect side dish that complements any meal.
The combination of creamy mayonnaise, tangy vinegar, and sweet sugar creates the perfect balance of flavors. Plus, the shredded cabbage and carrots add a refreshing crunch that makes it hard to resist.
- ½ head of green cabbage, finely chopped (about 4 cups)
- ½ medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of buttermilk
- 4¼ teaspoons of white vinegar
- 1½ tablespoons of onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of whole milk
- ¼ cup of mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ⅜ teaspoon of pepper
You can make your own buttermilk using whole or 2% milk and lemon juice or distilled vinegar. For every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
Substitutions And Additions
BUTTERMILK: Half-and-half cream can be substituted for buttermilk. If you do this, make sure to use 5 teaspoons of sugar instead of 4, as buttermilk is naturally sweeter than half and half.
MAYONNAISE: You can substitute Miracle Whip for the mayo if that is what you prefer or have on hand.
CABBAGE: If you prefer a different type of cabbage or have it on hand, feel free to use red cabbage or Napa cabbage instead of green cabbage. Red cabbage will add vibrant color, while Napa cabbage has a milder flavor and tender texture.
CARROTS: Don’t have carrots? You can substitute them with grated daikon radish or jicama for a refreshing twist. Both of these alternatives will provide a similar crunch and add a unique flavor to the coleslaw.
How To Make This KFC Copycat Coleslaw Recipe
Once you dice up the veggies in the food processor, you will make the tangy dressing. Make sure you give the coleslaw a little time in the fridge to allow the flavors to mingle.
STEP ONE: Using a food processor, chop the head of cabbage, pulsing until finely chopped. For best results, it might be helpful to work in small batches to make sure the cabbage isn’t pulverized but just chopped up into small squares. The same can be done with the carrot. Place the cabbage and carrot in a medium or large bowl.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
The easy way to chop cabbage is in the food processor, but you can also chop it by hand if you prefer.
STEP TWO: In a separate small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients to make the KFC coleslaw dressing. Mix until smooth. Pour over the cabbage/carrot mixture and stir. Don’t be concerned if it seems a bit dry at first. The moisture from the cabbage will be drawn out before too long.
STEP THREE: Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows for the dressing and the moisture from the cabbage to meld well. Stir before serving.
While you can serve the coleslaw after chilling for 30 minutes, letting this coleslaw sit overnight gives it time to allow the flavors to blend together.
How To Serve This Copycat KFC Coleslaw
This copycat KFC coleslaw is the perfect side dish to serve alongside chicken dishes such as our fried pork chops, (not fried) fried chicken, or popcorn chicken. Add our macaroni salad for a delicious meal. Whip this simple recipe up for family gatherings or a summer BBQ, and you will be guaranteed to have a hit.
Storing This KFC Coleslaw Recipe
This crunchy coleslaw may leave you with leftovers. Here’s how to store them:
IN THE FRIDGE: Store this KFC coleslaw copycat recipe in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.
IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this easy coleslaw recipe.
Tangy and crisp, we’ve got the perfect KFC copycat recipe for you to serve alongside your chicken. This KFC copycat coleslaw recipe tastes just like the delicious coleslaw from Kentucky Fried Chicken and comes together in a matter of minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can store this coleslaw in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Stored in a sealed container, this coleslaw will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. It tends to actually taste better the second day after the creamy sauce and veggies have time to mingle together.
You can either dice the cabbage by hand or shred it in the food processor until it is finely chopped.
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KFC Copycat Coleslaw
- ½ head cabbage, finely chopped (about 4 cups)
- ½ medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 4¼ teaspoons white vinegar
- 1½ tablespoons onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅜ teaspoon pepper
- Using a food processor, chop the cabbage, pulsing until finely chopped. It might be helpful to work in small batches to make sure the cabbage isn’t pulverized but just chopped up into small squares. The same can be done with the carrot. Place cabbage and carrot in a medium bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour over cabbage/carrot mixture and stir. Don’t be concerned if it seems a bit dry at first. The moisture from the cabbage will be drawn out before too long.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows for the dressing as well as the moisture from the cabbage to meld well. Stir before serving.
- The easy way to chop cabbage is in the food processor, but you can also chop it by hand if you prefer.
- While you can serve the coleslaw after chilling for 30 minutes, letting this coleslaw sit overnight gives it time to allow the flavors to blend together.