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Cola Chicken

"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


  • 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


  • 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 thermometer inserted in the chicken reads 170°. Remove the chicken and keep warm.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 211 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 804mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • PageRD
    May 10, 2018

    This recipe is going into the regular rotations at our. It was fast and tasty and the chicken stayed moist, which are my top three requirements for a chicken dish. For me, I thought it was a bit bland so next time I'll double the garlic powder and maybe add a dash of hot sauce or balsamic to kick up the flavor.

  • jackieluke
    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
    Oct 3, 2015

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

  • bigdogg1
    Sep 3, 2014

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

  • germanycook
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...