Diet Coke Chicken

I know, I know. It sounds strange. Stranger than Pizza Casserole. Stranger than me liking broccoli. But really, it’s not so unheard of to use cola in a recipe. In the south, you’ll often find ham glazed with Dr. Pepper. I’ve heard of cola burgers, and cola cakes, and root beer barbecue. With all of that in mind, let me introduce you to Diet Coke Chicken.

The recipe is simple, and the way we do it only calls for a handful of ingredients. But the chicken comes out tender, moist, and flavorful. The crazy-simple sauce, similar to a barbecue sauce, is tangy and sweet, and delicious over rice or pasta. I paired the chicken with a brown rice pilaf and some corn, but really, anything to soak up the sauce (pasta, rice, or bread) will work just fine. I like to eat the chicken as it is, but you could also shred it for barbecue sandwiches. And if you want to dress it up a little, I’ve heard peppers and onions make a tasty addition, but I don’t really like those, so I stick with the basics.

Diet Coke Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 can of diet coke
  • salt and pepper

1. Place chicken breasts in a non-stick skillet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour ketchup and can of Diet Coke over the chicken breasts.

2. Cook the chicken and sauce covered, over medium heat until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Remove the cover and reduce until sauce thickens.

3. Serve over rice or pasta, or shred and make barbecue sandwiches. Both ways are tasty!

I know, I know. It sounds weird. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you should really give this a try. It’s easy, and tasty, and pretty healthy as well. If you dont have Diet Coke, I bet Coke would work, though naturally, the calorie count goes up. I’ve also tried it with Diet Dr. Pepper, which worked great, though it was a little sweeter than the original.

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One Response to “Diet Coke Chicken”

  1. Mom

    We make this weekly and it is great. I was trying to tell Cathy how to make it. I will direct her to the blog again.

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