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Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

Are you a fan of Chick-fil-A coleslaw? In December 2015 the Atlanta GA based company announced they would be removing it from their menu and released the recipe to the public on their website. I admit I was a little disappointed, as this is one of the few fast food places I really enjoy and often order cole slaw when I take my kids there for a quick weekend lunch. After all  it’s not just the chicken that we enjoy.

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Easy Chick-fil-A Coleslaw Recipe

I’m certain many of you feel the same way so, I wanted to pay homage to this fast food classic and pass along the recipe for you to enjoy in your homes. Make a batch to accompany fried chicken, pinto beans and corn bread, pulled pork sandwiches or beef barbecue.  It’s not too shabby piled high on a chili dog, either.  Cole slaw is a long-time Southern classic and we say “thank you” to Chick-fil-a for sharing the recipe with us all. I also have a copycat version of their Chick-fil-A Sauce as well as my take on their Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing here in the MSSK recipe index. How to make copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Dressing – Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Add mayonnaise and whisk to mix.
  • Combine – Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine.
  • Chill – Refrigerate for 4 hours and serve.
Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

How to Make Copycat Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

Coleslaw complements so many entrees, it’s hard to go wrong.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make Chick-fil-A Coleslaw: White distilled vinegar, granulated sugar dry mustard, salt, real mayonnaise, two 10 ounce bags finely chopped or shredded cabbage chopped (about 6-8 cups) ¼-1/2 cup finely diced carrots.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and cutting board, medium bowl, food processor.
  • While their recipe lists finely shredded cabbage it seems that the texture of their coleslaw was more of a finely chopped cabbage in texture. Either will work in this copycat recipe.
  • You can make and grate your own fresh green cabbage, of course. When doing so you’ll need around 6-8 cups total.
  • Store Chick-fil-A Coleslaw in an airtight container chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Stir well before serving.
Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Dishes to Serve with Chick-fil-A Coleslaw

picture credit Chick-fil-A

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Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Prep Time10 minutes
Chill time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: chick-fil-a-cole-slaw, cole-slaw-recipes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Chick-fil-A


  • 4 teaspoons white distilled vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 10 oz bags chopped or finely shredded cabbage chopped (about 6-8 cups)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup carrots finely diced


  • Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Add mayonnaise and whisk to mix.
  • Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Does anyone know if Chick -fil -a used a particular brand of mayonnaise? If so, please share.


    1. I was wondering the same thing because after many attempts with many different brands, I could not get the same taste. I recently contacted them asking which mayonnaise they used and I got this response…

      The coleslaw used to be made with bulk heavy mayonnaise from Kraft. We switched to a cole slaw dressing a few years ago, which took the place of the mayonnaise. The cole slaw dressing was made exclusively for us, but it was made by Marzetti which also sells dressings in the grocery store. You may be able to find a similar slaw dressing by Marzetti in the grocery store.

      So I headed to the store and got the basic Marzetti cole slaw dressing (blue label) from my local Wal-Mart. I chopped a head of cabbage in my food processor, then 2 carrots in the food processor and then added half a jar of the Marzetti cole slaw dressing. The dressing contains all the other ingredients listed in the ‘official’ Chick-fil-a recipe so I didn’t add anything else.

      After about two hours, the recipe was close but still had a little bit of a tangy flavor to it. I tried it today (after it was in the refrigerator overnight) and OMG, it tastes the same as what I remember. Apparently after sitting overnight the initial extra tangy flavor goes away. My daughter and I think it is exact but my husband thinks it is still slightly off (but likes it better). Marzetti has another version of the cole slaw salad that I want to try (southern style) just to compare the taste but I’m still very happy with what I made already.

      I’m so happy now as this way my favorite item on Chick-fil-a’s menu! Hope this helps!

  2. I click on the link for KFC’s cole slaw and keep getting Chick-fil-A’s. Any clue of how to get KFC’s?

    Thank You.


  3. Melisia

    I have been making my coleslaw dressing like this for years except I had a little sour and shred my own cabbage so to me this is not a secret recipe


    1. I make cole slaw a bit more detailed than this one. I’m not sure it’s a “secret” recipe but brands are usually pretty tight lipped about their recipes. Secret or not I always enjoyed it!

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