Barbecued Cola Chicken Recipe
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Barbecued Cola Chicken Recipe

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My husband is a diabetic, so I'm always looking for great-tasting recipes that are low in sugar and carbohydrates. To reduce the sugar content of this recipe even further, I use diet cola.—Mildred Dieffenbach, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 pounds each), cut in half

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 408 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the cola, tomato paste, onion, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Set aside 1/2 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Carefully loosen the skin of the chicken; brush remaining sauce under skin. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Place chicken over drip pan and grill, uncovered, over indirect medium heat for 25 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear, basting occasionally with reserved sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Chicken in Country Extra July 2002, p49

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 247130
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2016

"Sauce very bland! Had to add seasoning and still didn't like it."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 233875
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"I loved this, but my husband didn't really like the barbecue sauce. He said it was too bland for his tastes."

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