Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 28, 2021

Print This Post Print This Post Sweet Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw, beloved to pair with one of the fast food chain's spicy fried chicken sandwiches, has been discontinued. Luckily, Chick-fil-A has released the original recipe and you can still make it at home.

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw, now discontinued, still remains a much-loved side dish. You can make it at home with their original recipe!

Fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A got into some deep doo-doo with many longtime customers Jan. 18, 2016.

The eighth largest fast-food chain in the U.S. ditched its iconic, sugar-heavy Cole Slaw — beloved for 49 years for its ability to pair nicely with their spicy fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

What happened after Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw was discontinued?

Apparently it wasn’t selling as well as they wanted. It’s hard for us mere mortals to believe, because if you went to Chick-fil-A, you got the cole slaw. AmIright?

Original Chick-fil-A Cole-Slaw Recipe in a black bowl

In its place was put a brand new item developed for them by star chef Ford Fry: a side called Superfood Side. It was an on-trend-at-the-time kale salad, with kale, Broccolini (skinnier and milder than regular broc), dried sour cherries and roasted nuts — walnuts, almonds and pecans — in a tangy maple dressing.

SuperFood Side Salad at Chick-Fil-A in a glass bowlWhile that new side salad sounded absolutely thrilling to me, since I love kale salads in general and salads with dried fruit and nuts in particular, not everyone was amused by the change.

    • 3 Cows hold signs that say Kep the SlawPeople took to social media with funny, profane, brutally honest reviews of the new salad (which had people choking on their green leafies), and they bombarded Chick-fil-A so much (#bringbackcoleslaw) that Snopes even felt the need to weigh in to confirm the discontinuation wasn’t all just an ugly rumor.
    • Why did they 86 the cole slaw? “The decision to remove Cole Slaw from the menu was a difficult one, but we have heard from guests that many of them are looking for new tastes and healthier side items,” the company said on its Facebook page.
    • The company even made a solemn 1-minute “An Ode to Cole Slaw” video memorial to it. “To the side that was never just a side item. Gone but not forgotten.”

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw in memoriam opening slide to a video posted on Youtube

If you want NEED, this cole slaw, the company released, for the first time, the original Chick-fil-A cole slaw recipe. I hunted it down for you, because I’m a giver like that.

Here it is. This is what my version looks like! I know you want it in that little black plastic bowl, but hey, we work with what we have.

Chick-Fil-A Cole Slaw original recipe in a light blue bowl on ShockinglyDelicious.com
How to make Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Ingredients for Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw on ShockinglyDelicious.comIt is so, so easy. Gather your ingredients (cabbage, carrot (or a pre-sliced bag of cole slaw mix), mayo, vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, salt). 

Slice the cabbage finely on ShockinglyDelicious.comEither buy bags of pre-shredded cabbage, or slice the cabbage you have on hand. Since I had a head of cabbage on hand from St. Patrick’s Day (don’t judge! It was still good!), I opted to slice my own.

Carrots and cabbage in a mixing bowl on ShockinglyDelicious.comAdd the carrots, for color. I used a y-shaped vegetable peeler and then stacked up all the peels and chopped them. Easy peasy.

Easy Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw in a light blue bowl on a wooden cutting boardOnce you have it all mixed, put it in a pretty bowl, and away you go!

Store Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw in a takeout container on ShockinglyDelicious.comYou can store it in a takeout container in the refrigerator if that makes you feel better and more authentic.

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw with celery seed on top in a light blue bowlAnd one other idea, but it’s going rogue. You could add a sprinkle of celery seed if you have it in your stocked spice rack like I do. It’s not authentic, but it’s good!

Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe

Sweet Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw, beloved to pair with one of the chain's spicy fried chicken sandwiches, is discontinued. Luckily, you can still make it at home.


  • 4 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 (10-ounce) bags fine shredded cabbage, chopped to one-eighth inch
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots


  1. 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 2 hours and serve.
  2. Makes 6-8 servings.


Recipe source: Chick-fil-A


pin this please!Pin the image below for Original Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw to your Pinterest board to save it

Photo collage of Chick-fil-a Cole Slaw original discontinued recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Want the recipe for Chick-fil-A Original Carrot & Raisin Salad?

Other Chick-fil-A menu items that are gone but not forgotten are Carrot & Raisin Salad, original brownies, lemon meringue pie and cheesecake, according to people whining about it on Facebook.

chick-fil-a_carrot-raisin-salad_recipe card

Thanks for visiting…are you hungry for more? Follow Shockingly Delicious on…


…for all the latest recipes, ideas and updates!

This post may contain affiliate/referral links. It is a way for this site to earn advertising fees (at no cost to you) by advertising or linking to certain products and/or services that I approve and prefer. Thank you for using my affiliate link to shop, so I can continue to bring you shockingly delicious recipes!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Reb February 7, 2018 at 2:18 am

personally i do eat mostly healthy but i detest kale. Sad to turn your back on customers who for years have enjoyed the cole slaw. If i am eating healthy i stay home and cook from scratch
Take away what i enjoy the FEW times i do go out to eat and take away my reason to eat out


RPM February 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm

This is not good…!!!! The only reason why I visited the restaurant or the drive-through was to buy the cole slaw, now I have no reason to go there…this is a bad decision. The recipe will not help…!!!


Dorothy Reinhold February 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Many people are very disappointed with Chick-fil-A for their decision. Maybe you could at least try this recipe at home? Give it a go!


I February 13, 2016 at 4:46 am

What brand of mayo” I made it but it doesn’t taste exactly the same. I think the brand of mayo is what makes the difference.


Dorothy Reinhold February 13, 2016 at 6:33 am

Hmmm…the company did not say exactly what brand of Mayo they use.


Susan Ciannilli December 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm

You can’t go wrong with Hellmans. It’s the only one I’ll use. It’s worth the extra dollar or so, even like me on a fixed income. I’ve tried the cheaper brands and ohhh what a disapointment. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!


Dorothy Reinhold December 10, 2019 at 5:30 am

I believe Hellmann’s and Best Foods are owned by the same company, and the mayo is marketed on the East Coast as Hellmann’s, and is marketed west of the Rockies as Best Foods. So choose either, depending on where you live!


Joanie @ Zagleft January 25, 2016 at 5:49 am

This is awesome! We love chick-fil-a and I’ve always enjoyed their cole slaw. I’m so glad to have the recipe!


Meg @ With Salt and Wit January 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

I am all about the kale too! But who can say now to classic coleslaw?!


Erin January 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Whoa! 1/4 cup of sugar! Who knew? We are transplants to the south so CFA is not beloved in my family but my kids do love all Cole slaw. I might have to make it just to see what we missed out on. 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold January 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

It’s like dessert!


Judy Hansen October 6, 2022 at 7:03 am

what is cfa I make this slaw recipe all the time with a bag of preshreeded cabbage and carrots – easy!


Dorothy Reinhold October 9, 2022 at 2:34 pm

Chick-fil-A is a fast food chain in the United States that specializes in chicken. Their sides, such as cole slaw other things, are beloved, as well.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Would you believe that I’ve never even had Chick-fil-a? True story. However, I love coleslaw so I know I’d love this. It looks delicious!


tanya January 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

There’s nothing quite look really good, tangy and sweet cole slaw!


Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily January 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Why would they get rid of the coleslaw???? sniff sniff. Thank you for sharing!! phew!


Michelle @ The Complete Savorist January 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

My brother LOVES coleslaw. I’ll be sending this recipe to my sister-in-law.


Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah January 22, 2016 at 9:22 am

Their coleslaw is my weakness! Sad they’re removing it from the menu, but glad the recipe still hasn’t been lost 😀


Melissa January 22, 2016 at 7:53 am

I think both the new salad and the coleslaw both look good! Too bad they couldn’t keep both on the menu.


Dorothy Reinhold January 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Totally agree. I’d order half of each if I could.


Melissa January 22, 2016 at 7:36 am

The new salad looks really good! However, it would be nice if they had both options. It’s sad when you have a favorite thing to order and it disappears.


Dorothy Reinhold January 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

I feel that way about Trader Joe’s too. I get hooked on a certain product, and then they discontinue it. So aggravating!


Jenn January 22, 2016 at 7:29 am

That kale salad looks and sounds awesome, but I do love coleslaw too. The recipe doesn’t even look that bad…would be so easy to make it healthier rather than ditch it all together.


Dorothy Reinhold January 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

You’re right…a few simple steps and that thing can be waaaay more nutritious!


April @ Girl Gone Gourmet January 22, 2016 at 7:26 am

So this makes me sort of sad — I don’t have chick-fil-a that often, but when I do I want a big o’ pile of that slaw on my sandwich. Wonder if they’d be offended if I brought my own slaw? Looks like your recipe is a great substitute! 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold January 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

I’ll bet you’re not the only one threatening to do that. 🙂


Nutmeg Nanny January 22, 2016 at 6:50 am

The good news is that people can make this cole slaw at home and then just bring it in to the restaurant with them…haha.


Dorothy Reinhold January 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Great minds think alike! See April’s comment.


Platter Talk January 22, 2016 at 6:08 am

Our family has always loved this coleslaw; thanks for sharing this recipe for us to make at home!


Megan Keno January 21, 2016 at 11:17 pm

This sounds awesome, I’m glad that we all of the recipe now!


Kacey @ The Cookie Writer January 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

There is so much pressure on the fast food industry, but as soon as they make changes everyone cries! Glad to see you can recreate an old recipe, but I am sure we will still hear about this “atrocity!”


Dorothy Reinhold January 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Agreed! I wonder if sales slipped a bit and they just abandoned the cole slaw. It would be nice if they could offer both the old and the new.


Erren | Erren's Kitchen January 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Yum! So happy to have this recipe now that it’s being removed from the Chic Fil A menu!


Dorothy Reinhold January 21, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Looks like a classic keeper to me! I might be tempted to tweak and reduce the sugar a bit. Have to see.


Mary Callahan October 31, 2021 at 2:23 am

What about the Chick-a-fil Chicken Salad Recipe. They took this off the menu, too. It was so good.


Dorothy Reinhold November 3, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Oh, that DOES sound good. Let me poke around and see if that recipe is floating around anywhere.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: