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Coca-Cola Chicken

close up shot of coca-cola chicken on a plate
Our Coca-Cola chicken features drumsticks simmered in a tangy sauce, giving it a great flavor that the whole family will love.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 474 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks 8 to 9 pieces
  • 1 cup sweet yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 24 ounces Coca-Cola
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Using a 4 to 5-quart Dutch oven on medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil.
  • Add the chicken drumsticks, and sauté for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the drumsticks and set them aside.
  • Add the remaining oil to the Dutch oven. Add the onion, and sauté uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring often. Keep the heat on medium-high.
  • Add the garlic and ginger. Continue cooking and stirring often, for 1 to 1½ minutes. Keep the heat on medium-high.
  • Next add the 2 cans of Coca-Cola, soy sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt. Continue stirring often, and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and add back in the chicken drumsticks. Cook for 20 minutes uncovered, turning the chicken once.
  • After cooking the chicken for 20 minutes, remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Increase the heat to medium-high. Allow the sauce to reduce for 5 to 8 additional minutes. Once the sauce reduces, remove the pot from the heat. Ladle the sauce over the chicken, and serve while hot.


  • Depending on the type of soy sauce you are using, you may need to adjust the quantity of salt you are adding. If you have a light soy sauce, you may want extra salt, whereas a regular soy sauce will be saltier and may require less than the called for ½ teaspoon of salt.
  • If you want your sauce to be thicker, you can stir in a cornstarch slurry before pouring the sauce over the chicken.


Calories: 474kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 29gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 1271mgPotassium: 444mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg