Cola BBQ Chicken

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Aug. 26, 2023
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


  • 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


  1. In a large 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.
  2. 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.