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Favorite Cola Chicken

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Uncover; simmer for 45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 180°.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 234 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • pcinant
    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
    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
    Feb 17, 2015

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

  • Szanto
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jul 5, 2013

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