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Cola Chicken Recipe
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Cola Chicken Recipe

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"Our daughters, Tricia, 7, and Kristin, 10, love to serve this tender chicken with instant mashed potatoes and peas when they have friends over for dinner," writes Keri Scofield Lawson of Fullerton, California. A can of cola gives the savory barbecue sauce a flavor boost.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 211 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 804 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add chicken; brown on all sides. Carefully add cola, ketchup, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the chicken reads 170°. Remove the chicken and keep warm.
  2. Combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Return chicken to pan; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cola Chicken in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p40

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 211 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 804 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

This is a recipe my big sister used to make, it was so fun to make it again! Yum. I added a bit of liquid smoke and used less ketchup in the sauce.

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

This is one of our regular rotation recipes. It is quick and easy to make, and chicken comes out very tender and moist. You can easily make 6-8 chicken breasts with this recipe since it makes so much sauce.

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

Coming from a family that enjoys zesty, flavorful food, this was a nice surprise. I used one of the more spicer ketchups which made for a deeper flavor. I will definitely make this again!

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

My boyfriend and I wanted to cook something for dinner instead of eating out. He wanted chicken and I wanted something easy so we searched and came across this. It was amazing. The flavor was spectacular, and it was easy and fun to cook! I will definitely make this again for the rest of my family.

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

My picky kids and picky husband all loved it. I made plenty of sauce to go over rice, too. Just be sure not to over-simmer the chicken, or it will toughen up. Very good recipe!

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