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Coca-Cola Chicken Drumsticks

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Nothing says summer to me like sticky & sweet chicken and a can of Coke, so I thought I’d combine those summer classics for a delicious baked Coca-Cola Chicken recipe that is easier than take-out!

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This Coca-Cola chicken is a fun twist on sweet and sour chicken, with a sticky sweet and salty marinade that adds a great punch of flavor without additional breading or too much effort. Chicken recipes are one of my favorites to develop because it is such an easy and versatile protein.

These Coke chicken drumsticks would be perfect for a big barbecue or family-style party, and you could even cook an entire chicken this way for a fun family dinner!

While I’ve given baking instructions for this Coca-Cola Chicken recipe, you can alternatively grill it on the barbecue or cook in a frying pan or skillet. Either way, ensure that the chicken registers 165F on a meat thermometer before digging in!

coca-cola chicken recipe


Coca-Cola Chicken

  • Author: Jennifer Tammy


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can Coke
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 lbs chicken legs or wings
  • Green onion, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the brown sugar, coke, onion, garlic and soy sauce in a small saucepan.
  2. Place saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar is fully dissolved and then take saucepan off the heat.
  3. Adjust with salt and pepper before pouring the sticky marinade over 2 1/2 lbs chicken wings or legs.
  4. For best results, let the chicken sit in the fridge overnight with the Coca-cola marinade before cooking.
  5. Bake the chicken in the oven at 350F for 25-30 minutes until cooked through and a meat thermometer registers at 165F


  • Calories: 3053
  • Sugar: 254
  • Sodium: 3173
  • Fat: 89
  • Saturated Fat: 24
  • Unsaturated Fat: 53
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 274
  • Protein: 281
  • Cholesterol: 1451

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