Coca Cola Chicken

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Coca Cola Chicken recipe. This is super easy and the kids love it! Serve it up with a side of rice & steamed veggies for an easy meal!

Cola Chicken is not only easy to prepare dinner, it’s a delicious twist on everyday chicken! This is the perfect recipe for chicken thighs or wings!

The cola in the sauce not only adds great flavor, it also helps tenderize the chicken making this dish extra tasty.   Once thickened, this sauce is awesome served over rice with a side of steamed veggies!

Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Chicken * Coca Cola * Skillet * 


Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
This delicious chicken simmered on the stove top with cola comes out tender and juicy every time!


  • 1 can 12oz cola (regular or diet)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 skinless bone-in chicken thighs and/or drumsticks

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  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook just until browned on each side (about 5 minutes).
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid, and simmer an additional 30-35 minutes turning chicken occasionally until chicken is cooked through and has reached 180 degrees.
  4. Serve with rice and steamed veggies.

Recipe Notes

Note: If you’d like a thicker sauce, once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and set aside. Make a slurry of 1/3 cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Bring sauce to a boil and while whisking, pour in a bit of the slurry at a time to reach desired consistency (you may not need all of it). Allow to boil 1 minute and toss with chicken.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 346, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 193mg, Sodium: 643mg, Potassium: 841mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 40g, Vitamin A: 325%, Vitamin C: 12.6%, Calcium: 67%, Iron: 3.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Made this tonight but made adjustments because I had chicken breast already thawed. I made the sauce first, cut the chicken into bite size pieces, browned it in a seperate pan and then added the chicken to the sauce and then thickened it according to your notes. We had it over rice and it was DELICIOUS! We have a few picky eaters and EVERYONE was happy!!

  2. If you are concerned about sugar content, the recipe can be made with diet soda, which has 0 tsp. of sugar in it : )

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. You would have to reduce the cooking time so the chicken wouldn’t come out dry … I might suggest starting the sauce first on it’s own before you add the chicken so it has a chance to boil down a bit.

    1. I haven’t made this recipe with chicken breasts but they usually take around 15 minutes in a frying pan. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees.

    2. Depends if the breast is bone in or out and if it is seasoned frozen or fresh chilled. Cooking time would vary greatly.