Copycat KFC Coleslaw

Coleslaw. You either love it or hate it. I used to be in the "hate it" camp, but in the last year or so I have  warmed up to it. The cool, crisp cabbage mixed with a sweet, tangy sauce makes the perfect side dish for your barbecues. Last year,  I went hunting for a KFC knock-off recipe, as I had heard from my hubby that KFC's coleslaw was the best. I found a few online and tweaked them to come up with this Copycat KFC Coleslaw.
Last weekend, my brother requested we bring some coleslaw and beans for a cook-out to celebrate his and my hubby's birthdays. I immediately thought of this recipe and got to work on it. It ended up being the perfect accompaniment to my SIL's slow cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. It even tasted good on top of the meat in the sandwich.

One secret to the success of this slaw is in the way you chop the cabbage and carrots. They must be really fine... kind of like rice. I used my Pampered Chef Chopper for this.

The other secret is in the sauce. No need to buy the stuff in a jar, when you can whip this up anytime with items you most likely already have on hand.
Copycat KFC Coleslaw
(adapted from Top Secret Recipes)

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk ( I made my own with milk and a little vinegar)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

2 bags shredded cabbage (about 8 cups), finely chopped
1/4 cup carrot (1 medium carrot), finely chopped or shredded
1 1/2 Tbsp. minced red onion

Finely chop or shred the slaw ingredients. In a bowl, mix together the dressing elements. Add the vegetables to the dressing and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving for best mingling of flavors.

My husband enjoyed it so much last weekend that he requested it again this week. It turned out even better than the one I took to my brother's house. Trust me on this...don't leave out the lemon juice. (I didn't have it last week, so I left it out.) When I made it on Monday, I added in the lemon juice and it gave it just the right amount of zing.

I just love when I can re-create a restaurant favorite with ingredients at home. So, are there any restaurant recipes you have made a copycat version of?

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  1. Such a yummy's a keeper for sure!! xx

  2. Now that certainly sounds yummy!

  3. There are some really good coleslaws out there, and around here, KFC is one of them. Great recipe!

  4. I really like their cole slaw. Your hubby is right about it being the best. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I am pinning it!

  5. Great coleslaw recipe, I will pin this for the future. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. I was in the hate it camp for soooo long! lol ... Now, it's a BBQ necessity :) Shairng this on Facebook today, Nici - thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends!

    1. Your link had the most views last week, Nici :) You'll be featured at tomorrow's All My Bloggy Friends! Have a great Tuesday!

  7. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. I like how your copycat KFC cole slaw looks less milky than the original. I look forward to trying it.

  8. Nici, I just love KFC Coleslaw, and we don't get to the city that often for me to enjoy it. I am excited to have this recipe. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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    Miz Helen

  9. Will have to try this! I love the coleslaw from KFC, infact, it's the only coleslaw I actually like! Great post :)


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