Knock-Off “Chicken Bucket” Coleslaw: It’s Digit Smackin’ Good

Last night was fried chicken night, and that means we had crispy, crunchy chicken strips with all the fixin’s. And that means sour cream mashed potatoes with cream gravy, buttermilk biscuits, and coleslaw. The recipe is from one of those covert knock-off websites that like to duplicate restaurant recipes. It tastes just like the coleslaw you might find at a certain fast food chicken establishment famous for more than 10 but less than 12 herbs and spices. I have to say, this one’s a dead ringer. My 4 year-old grandson, Jonah Bear, calls the place “Chicken Bucket.” That’s not what he asks you to buy, that’s what he actually calls the restaurant. As in, “can we eat at Chicken Bucket?” My recipe for chicken strips is already posted. Now it’s time for the coleslaw.

Here’s how it’s done:
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s or Hellman’s)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bag (16 ozs.) coleslaw mix (cabbage & carrots)
1 tablespoon of pulped onion (see instructions below)

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, white vinegar, salt and pepper. Using a microplane or the fine side of a box grater, grate a chunk of onion until you have one tablespoon of onion pulp. Add the onion pulp to the mayonnaise mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the bag of coleslaw mix and toss to combine. Transfer to an airtight container to chill.

NOTE: You can serve this immediately, but it’s better if it sits in the refrigerator for a few hours. The flavors have more time to work their magic. I like to open the fridge and shake the container vigorously every half hour or so, just to make sure it’s “marinated” evenly. The final product will be a little soupy, so use a slotted spoon or drain off some of the milk mixture before serving (but not too much, because it’s really good stuff). Now all you need is chicken and biscuits!


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23 responses to “Knock-Off “Chicken Bucket” Coleslaw: It’s Digit Smackin’ Good

  1. I really love cole slaw. This is on my to-make list for sure!!

    • Let me know what you think once you try it, Brandie. I’d love to get your opinion on it! Once I show your Inside Out/Outside In burger to TCP, he’s going to want to try your recipe, too. Looks awesome. Have a great weekend!

  2. Pat Counts

    I do love these diet recipes. You know how it is done down south! Thanks, Pat

    • Hey…it contains vegetables! It’s a lot better for you than the dark chocolate peanut butter cupcakes or the fudgy footballs…maybe. Possibly. I’ll get back to you on that one.

  3. I love coleslaw, but I never make it at home. Now I am wondering why.

    • It’s so easy to make, you should at least try it once. It might change your mind about making your own coleslaw. I’m not a big coleslaw fan, but The Complete Package loves it. I had just about given up ever eating it again, until I found this recipe. It totally won me over. On a more personal note, I love your blog, Danelle. I feel like I’ve just had a celebrity visit. I secretly want to ask for your autograph on a photo of your caramel popcorn. Is that too weird? ;-)

  4. Oh. My. You just made my day. I am not too proud to say that Chicken Bucket cole slaw is my all time favorite. I’ve got fried chicken strips on the menu for tomorrow night. Now I’ll have to make your cole slaw to go with it. You ROCK!

    • Timing is everything! That worked out a little too perfectly. I think we must be dialed in to the Psychic Friends Network. Write back after you make it and let me know what you think.

      • We just gorged ourselves on fried chicken strips, crash hot potatoes, and *your* knock-off cole slaw. It was a definitive hit. Hubby said that if not for the texture (thicker shreds) that he wouldn’t have known it wasn’t from the Bucket.

      • Wahoo! It’s a hit in Michigan! You make a good point, Kirsten. If you want to pass this off as true “Chicken Bucket” coleslaw, you’ll need to mince your cabbage and carrots into tiny pieces, or process it for a few pulses in a food processor. So glad you liked it! -j

  5. I haven’t updated my recipe blog in a LONG while and realize now I need to add a few favorites and recent finds, so I don’t forget them! I’ve been looking for just the right cole slaw recipe and this sounds just about right. Do you like Ramen Noodle slaw? It is a great alternative to a creamy slaw when you want something different.

    • Hi, Elaine! If you love the coleslaw from a certain chicken chain with 3 initials, you’ll love this. I’m not kidding when I say it tastes JUST LIKE IT. You’ll have to let me know what you think once you try it. And my friend Sheriee makes a ramen noodle coleslaw similar to yours. It’s fantastic stuff. I’ll have to try your version soon. Thanks for visiting and for commenting. I’m looking forward to digging deeper into your blog. I’m intrigued by the idea of making homemade Moon Pies. We used to eat those at my grandmother’s farm when we were little. Oh, the memories…

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