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Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken

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This slow cooker Coca Cola chicken is simmered all day long in a sweet and tasty sauce that will make your taste buds happy.
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Table of Contents
  1. Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storing This Chicken In Cola
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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This slow cooker Coca-Cola chicken recipe is sure to bring comfort food to mind. Saucy chicken is slow-cooked to tender perfection, making this chicken a fantastic choice for busy weeknights.

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Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, fresh or previously frozen
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of minced onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1½ cups barbecue sauce, divided into ½ cup and 1 cup
  • 12 ounces of Coca-Cola, divided into 1 cup and ½ cup

Substitutions And Additions

COCA-COLA: If you prefer to use Diet Coke, you are more than welcome to substitute it for the regular version.

SPICE: Kick up the spice a notch by adding a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to the rest of the seasoning.

How To Make This Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken Recipe

STEP ONE: Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a 6-quart crockpot.

STEP TWO: Sprinkle pepper, minced onion flakes, and garlic salt over the chicken.

chicken breast sprinkled with pepper, onion, and garlic in a slow cooker

STEP THREE: Pour ½ cup of the barbecue sauce over the chicken. Pour 1 cup of Coca-Cola into the slow cooker.

bbq sauce and coca-cola added to the chicken breast in the slow cooker

STEP FOUR: Cover and set on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 to 7 hours.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Every slow cooker is slightly different. You may have to adjust the cooking times slightly depending on your particular model.

STEP FIVE: After the chicken has cooked for about 3 hours on high (or 5 hours on low), drain all liquid from the slow cooker, leaving the chicken in the pot.

Add the remaining ½ cup of Coca-Cola and the remaining 1 cup of barbecue sauce to the slow cooker. Continue cooking for the remaining hour.

PRO TIP:

There will be quite a bit of liquid in the slow cooker after the chicken has cooked through. Draining that liquid and then adding additional cola and extra BBQ sauce makes a nice, thick sauce for serving and also allows the chicken some extra time to cook to “shred” level.

chicken breast after being cooked in a slow cooker

STEP SIX: Serve the whole chicken breasts with sauce spooned over the top or shred the chicken and mix with the excess sauce.

PRO TIP:

If you want shredded chicken, it is best to do it when it is still warm; make sure you do this right when it comes out of the slow cooker.

How To Serve

Serve this crockpot BBQ Coca-Cola chicken recipe alongside rice and a Caesar salad.

How about having your chicken dinner with potato salad and coleslaw on the side for a satisfying meal? If you plan to serve the chicken shredded, serve it on a bun with dill pickle pasta salad on the side.

If you like this slow cooker chicken recipe, how about a few other slow cooker recipes to make on busy days? Check out our crockpot chicken and gravy or our crockpot orange chicken.

Storing This Chicken In Cola

IN THE FRIDGE: Refrigerate the barbecue chicken for up to 4 days stored in an airtight container.

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze this slow cooker cola chicken for up to three months in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag.

close up shot of Coca Cola Chickens in a slow cooker

Tender chicken slowly simmered in a tangy sauce makes this slow cooker Coca-Cola chicken an amazing and flavorful choice the next time you are looking for easy dinner recipes. During cooking, the barbecue sauce and soda infuse the chicken with a sweet and smoky flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add vegetables to the slow cooker?

You can add vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or carrots for extra flavor. Just ensure they’re cut into chunks so they don’t overcook.

Could I replace Coca-Cola with other types of soda in this slow cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken?

You can certainly use a different type of soda in this recipe. Either a different brand of cola or even root beer or Dr. Pepper. Of course, the taste may change slightly by using other soft drinks, but it will still come out yummy.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the sauce?

If you find the sauce too sweet, you can balance it out by adding a bit of vinegar or citrus juice. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

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Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken

5 from 45 votes
This slow cooker Coca Cola chicken is simmered all day long in a sweet and tasty sauce that will make your taste buds happy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 6 chicken breasts boneless and skinless, fresh or previously frozen
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes, minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • cups barbecue sauce, divided into ½ cup and 1 cup
  • 12 ounces Coca-Cola, divided into 1 cup and ½ cup

Instructions
 

  • Spread the chicken breasts in the bottom of a 6-quart crockpot.
  • Sprinkle the pepper, minced onion flakes, and garlic salt over the chicken. Pour ½ cup of the barbecue sauce over the chicken.
  • Pour 1 cup Coca-Cola into the slow cooker.
  • Cover and set on a high setting for 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
  • After the chicken has cooked for about 3 hours on high (or 5 hours on low), drain all liquid from the slow cooker, leaving the chicken in the pot. Add the remaining ½ cup of Coca-Cola and the remaining 1 cup of barbecue sauce to the slow cooker. Continue cooking for the remaining hour.
  • Serve whole with sauce spooned over the top or shred chicken and mix with the excess sauce.

Notes

  • Every slow cooker is slightly different. You may have to adjust the cooking times slightly depending on your particular model.
  • There will be quite a bit of liquid in the slow cooker after the chicken has cooked through. Draining that liquid and then adding additional cola and extra BBQ sauce makes a nice, thick sauce for serving and also allows the chicken some extra time to cook to “shred” level.
  • If you want shredded chicken, it is best to do it when it is still warm; make sure you do this right when it comes out of the slow cooker.

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 1034mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Stephanie-Oh says

    I would definitely add the red pepper flakes to give the dish a little heat. I have used Dr. Pepper in slow cooker pork recipe.

  2. dale cafe says

    5 stars
    this looks amazing and will give it a go my family have fussy eaters so will cross fingers as they eat all and love Coke many thanks for idea

  3. Morgan Rutledge says

    I’ve never cooked with Coca-Cola before but I’m looking forward to making this! It looks delicious…. I’m also curious as to what else I could cook using coca-cola…

  4. Linda Amos says

    5 stars
    Would definitely add hot pepper flakes to balance the sweetness and give the recipe more “kick” flavour

  5. Patricia Cole says

    5 stars
    This sounds delish. I have made pulled pork with coca cola before and it’s amazing. Can’t wait to try this.

  6. Stephanie Davis says

    5 stars
    This is such an easy meal and so very good for the whole family. I will cook baked beans and a salad for my sides to go with it. Thank you for this way recipe.

  7. Susan Lacy says

    5 stars
    I would not add red pepper flakes because I’m really sensitive to spicy and want to enjoy the true flavor. Sounds yummy!

  8. Lourdes Rodriguez says

    5 stars
    Have cooked recepies before with Coca Cola. Excellent flavor. Will make this one for sure. Thanks.

  9. Kristal says

    5 stars
    I would add crushed red pepper flakes for some heat. I like it spicy. 🙂 Definitely sounds like a great recipe.

  10. Lisa Searle says

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try. My husband cooks pork loin with root beer, so I’m anxious to try the coke and spices with the chicken breast. I also want to try the recipes for the potato salad and pasta salad listed in the notes.

  11. Jan says

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe numerous times. I replace the coke with diet to keep sugar content low. I always add a pinch of cayenne to hit the different parts of the palette.

  12. Laura Yarzebinski says

    5 stars
    Sounds easy and delicious. Great for a hot day when you don’t want to heat up the oven. With no AC always looking for something different to cook.

  13. Ginnie C says

    5 stars
    I make this all the time! Sometimes I use root beer or ginger ale. Red pepper flakes are a must! They add a nice kick. I usually serve this over rice or with veggies. So good!

  14. Zelma Nix says

    My Sides would be mashed potatoes and string beans, definitely would add crushed red pepper.Can’t wait to try because I like cooking with soda!

  15. Tina Gray says

    Looks delicious. I would definitely add a few red pepper flakes for some spice. Love slow cookers recipes.

  16. Jean Spooner says

    5 stars
    Love this chicken. I served baked beans and coleslaw with this chicken. Next time I’m having potato salad with the chicken. I have tried so many of your recipes. Keep them coming
    Thank you
    Jean Spooner

  17. Meredith Leonard says

    5 stars
    The recipe sounds delicious! Have made Coca-Cola pulled pork and Coca-Cola cake with Coca-Cola icing. Cherry Coke, Dr. Pepper and Dad’s Root Beer are good choices, too.

  18. Janice says

    Would not add the red pepper flakes but I would add a little mixed garlic and I would serve withe a side of white rice ,and a green salad

  19. Alma Collins says

    Yes I have used coca-cola while cooking. Maybe a small amount of crushed red peppers. I would serve it with cole slaw, potato salad and baked beans.

  20. Jeni Faught says

    #1- Yes I have cooked with coca cola before
    #2- I wouldn’t add crushedred pepper flakes
    #3- I think I’d serve this with steamed rice

  21. Lori Pennington says

    5 stars
    Never cooked with coke a cola before but if I was to make this I would serve it with mashed potatoes and a vegetable 😋

  22. Stephanie says

    5 stars
    I love using coke to cook. My favorite is to make meatloaf and after I flatten it out in a cake pan I put ketchup then put coke over it all . Cook until it caramelizes a bit on top

  23. Marilyn Kingston says

    5 stars
    Delicious and in hope to try thiswith my Florida friends for a surprise . They like this when they have to worry about a meal. Will try to give this receipt to others and for myself I like experiming with different receipts.

  24. Dot says

    5 stars
    This recipe was delicious !! I’ve never cooked with coca cola before…. next time I’ll add some red pepper flakes for heat!

  25. Karen says

    5 stars
    I have not cooked with coke before. I have had this recipe with Dr Pepper. I would not add red pepper flakes.

  26. Sue says

    Love this recipe for two reasons cooking it in the crockpot and the variety of sides that can be served with the chicken.

  27. Sue says

    5 stars
    Love this recipe for two reasons cooking it in the crockpot and the variety of sides that can be served with the chicken. This is the first time I expressed this opinion

  28. Rita J Fletcher says

    5 stars
    I have never cooked with Coke before but definably going to try it. I use crushed red pepper a lot in cooking, My sides would be potato salad, Baked Beans or corn on the cob cooked on the grill .

  29. Anne Streit says

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds delicious. I have never cooked with coca-cola before but I am definitely trying this recipe because my family loves barbeque chicken. I may not even tell them that the coca-cola is in there and let them try to guess the mystery ingredient. I would definitely add the crushed red pepper and I would serve this with corn on the cob and I am thinking I might try to make it on the fourth of July.

  30. Cathy says

    5 stars
    Yes, I have tried a few recipes with coca cola as an ingredient but…..nothing as delish as this!! The flavors give the chicken an incredible “je ne sais quoi” !! And I did add a bit of heat. This will definitely be a standard at my house!!!

  31. Cathy says

    5 stars
    Great flavor! Have used coke before in a couple of recipes but this takes the cake!!
    I added a bit of heat which balanced it out perfectly!!

  32. Edwin McGee says

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this. And I think I would add the chili flakes and serve it with rice. But shredded on a bun sounds good too. Hmmm

  33. Wim Van Zyl says

    5 stars
    No I haven’t try it yet but my friends told me the coke makes meats very soft like a meat tenderiser I think I going to try this recipe of your cause it looks yummy

  34. Sherrijo capodiferro says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I have also used dr.pepper soda. My go to side dishes are grilled corn on the cob and macaroni salad.

  35. Sharlon Maral says

    5 stars
    I have never cooked with a cola, it’s always been a can of beer! NowI can save the beer and use the cola tomorrow!!

  36. Kim says

    5 stars
    I never cooked with Coca Cola before sounds really interesting and my side dishes would be are Macaroni and cheese from scratch and corn on the cob.

  37. Kristen says

    I’ve never cooked with Coca Cola before, but sounds delicious! I think a little red pepper flake would be delicious.

  38. Sheri J Painter says

    Made this last night and my husband loved it…so did I. Will definitely be making this again. So simple and good.

  39. Patty J says

    5 stars
    This was just what I was looking for. I used Dr Pepper because my store had no regular coke. I sent this to all of my kids. Thank you!!

  40. Frank says

    5 stars
    Made these last week and what a big hit.Even my young granddaughters want me to make again.Was thinking next time trying it with boneless chicken thighs.

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