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Diet Coke Chicken

a close up shot of Diet Coke Chicken with rice and green beans on a plate
This Diet Coke chicken features tender, moist chicken simmered in a sweet and sticky sauce for a dish that you’ll enjoy making over and over again.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 12 ounces Diet Coke
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, optional garnish


  • Add the chicken broth, tomato paste, smoked paprika, kosher salt, cracked pepper, and cayenne to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Whisk in the Diet Coke.
  • Add the chicken thighs to a 10 to 12-inch deep, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Pour the Diet Coke mixture over the chicken. Cover with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes, turning the chicken every 7 to 8 minutes. After 20 minutes, cook uncovered for another 8 to 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat, garnish with parsley, and serve while hot.


  • You can also cook the dish in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours or 6 hours on low.
  • When cooking the chicken, ensure that the chicken's internal temperature reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer.
  • If you want your sauce to be thicker, you can stir a cornstarch slurry into the sauce before serving.