Cola BBQ Chicken Recipe
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Cola BBQ Chicken Recipe

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My dad has been making a basic version of this family favorite for years. I've recently made it my own by spicing it up a bit with hoisin sauce and red pepper flakes. Sometimes I let the chicken and sauce simmer in my slow cooker. —Brigette Schroeder, Yorkville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup cola
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken thigh with 2 tablespoons sauce (calculated without rice): 213 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Reserve 3/4 cup for serving.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°, basting occasionally with remaining sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Serve chicken with rice and reserved sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cola BBQ Chicken in Simple & Delicious June/July 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 231223
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"This was a very tasty and different dish. I have to admit that I was skeptical when I first mixed all of the sauce ingredients together. Before it simmered, the flavor combination was strange at best to me. Once it boils and all comes together though, it really is delicious. Definitely a transformation that I'm glad I was patient with! I will make this again."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 212479
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"Excellent flavor and easy."

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