Favorite Cola Chicken Recipe
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Favorite Cola Chicken Recipe

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Everyone who tries this chicken asks for the recipe. They're surprised to hear that soda is the secret ingredient! —Jean Jarvis, Wautoma, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) diet cola
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 234 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, combine first five ingredients. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute. Add chicken; stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Uncover; simmer for 45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cola Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p43

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pcinant User ID: 3231537 222242
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"This is a very tasty dish and my family loved it. I followed the recipe and made no changes. This even tastes great the next day."

gin655 User ID: 3244842 222189
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"Great recipe for chicken thighs. I also thought the sauce was thin so I removed the chicken after it was cooked, raised the flame under the pot and let the sauce cook down to the desired consistency. Delicious!"

LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 220721
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Great recipe --I have used coke and Dr Pepper and everyone liked the Dr Pepper more."

Szanto User ID: 7673479 13756
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"I did use regular pepsi, fresh garlic and also added a pinch of salt and pepper to the recipe. It turned out much better, I'm sure, using the changes. The sauce ended up being perfect as well as the chicken tender."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 73305
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"There wasn't enough flavor to satisfy my family. It's very unusual for me to have to throw away any leftovers, but some of this ended up In the wastebasket. I hate to give a mediocre review, so I offer our experience with a grain of salt. :("

BaronsMom User ID: 7153325 18854
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"This came out great, I do use regular cola but plan on trying DR. Pepper next time I make this. I use italian seasoning and fresh garlic. I also add in onion powder to taste. Instead of putting the lid on for the first part of the cooking leave the lid adajar and the sauce will thicken much better."

s_pants User ID: 174050 45153
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"It did not look like the picture...the sauce did not thicken like pictured. I used regular cola instead of diet. The taste was good and my kids ate it, so I'll definitely make again."

LisaB78 User ID: 5965358 13755
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"Definitely a keeper. I did not have plain oregano so I used a blended Italian seasoning and it was finger lickin' good. Even my sons friends asked for seconds!"

LisaB78 User ID: 5965358 18853
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"Made this tonight and my entire family gobbled it up, even the kids asked for seconds. Will definitely save this recipe! My husbands only complaint....what a waste of skin :-)"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 15966
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"so easy to make, with just a few ingredients a tasty barbeque sauce emerges, nice to use diet cola as well."

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