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Cola BBQ Chicken

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


  • 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


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first 8 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally, 10-15 minutes. Reserve 3/4 cup for serving.
  • Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until a thermometer reads 165°, 5-7 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with remaining sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Serve chicken with rice and reserved sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken thigh with 2 tablespoons sauce: 213 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.

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  • RedDragon24
    Nov 27, 2018

    Wonderful flavor — picky toddlers loved it!

  • shannondobos
    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
    Jul 19, 2014

    Excellent flavor and easy.