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.
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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 each: 211 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 804mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g 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

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jackieluke User ID: 3359655 246822
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"My family gets excited when I make this and it's so easy. I have frozen sauce that was left over and used it for another time and it worked out great."

LisaL28 User ID: 4130551 233913
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"I have been making this sense I found it in a Taste of Home Magazine years ago."

bigdogg1 User ID: 4512080 28687
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Just made this for the family and there was none left very good"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 51192
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."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 32618
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."

czapien User ID: 3171453 69084
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!"

CollegeCooker11 User ID: 6499181 85572
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."

embatt User ID: 2414376 70328
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!"

MaikoEmi User ID: 4616610 25299
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"It wasn't bad, it wasn't very good. It honestly was pretty bland. It tasted basically like chicken with catsup on it. I can understand why children would like it, but it's very boring..."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 85571
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"This is a great recipe! Full of flavor and very tasty!

~ Theresa"

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