Copycat KFC Coleslaw: the Real Thing

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

I am an avid collector of recipes. A young lady, a former KFC employee, was looking at my recipes one evening when she discovered this one. She told me that the recipe was close, but that I should remove the vinegar and lemon juice and replace them with tarragon vinegar. Tarragon vinegar is the secret. Note: This is one of the recipes I adopted in the Great 'Zaar Orphan Adoption of 2005. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix oil, onions and sugar.
  2. Add tarragon vinegar.
  3. Fold in Miracle Whip.
  4. Pour over grated carrots and cabbage.
  5. Fold in well.
  6. Refrigerate in an air-tight covered dish.
  7. Best if made the night before serving.
  8. The tarragon is the secret seasoning.
  9. Compare with the real KFC coleslaw.
  10. Enjoy.


Most Helpful

I've been making this recipe for the past two years and I get the same question every time I serve it at gatherings, "Did you get this at KFC?" ...... My tips? 1.) I use dried tarragon and apple cider vinegar (instead of tarragon vinegar), and still get the same flavor; and 2.) I make the coleslaw about three days in advance so it has the flavor and sharp bite of KFC's.

Meccatx July 08, 2010

I managed a KFC in Southern Oregon and had to make the slaw dressing quite a few times. This is the closest recipe I've found online. I'm sure there is really no difference between this and the recipe we used from corporate. The Miracle Whip is true, and NO MILK.... I can't tell you how many times I was asked what milk we used. The recipe was very simple. 1 part then 1/2 part then 1/2 part. So if you use 1 cup of miracle whip, you use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup, here is the argument from everyone, Apple Cider Vinegar, dash of salt, no pepper. This is a recipe for 1 head of cabbage, 1/4 head of red cabbage, 2 medium carrots and 1/4 white union, all rough shred. Increase it as you need it just use the. It's always made in the morning after the previous days batch is packaged. If you ever get a dry slaw from KFC, they had to make a late batch and it didn't get a chance to marinate. 24 hour minimum to marinate. Corporate never would give the recipe to a manager but the GM of our franchise was a bit lazy and called each of us so he wouldn't have to come in and make it.

brentdalbec January 20, 2012

I worked at KFC for years and made the coleslaw every few days and this is very close to the recipe. We used apple cider vinegar though, Miracle Whip (not regular mayo)and CELERY SALT. That may be the missing ingredient. I have not tried this recipe yet but I will and I'm looking forward to it. I love cole slaw in general and KFC is my all time favorite. I craved it constantly while pregnant, haha

wonderbabe January 14, 2012

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