Have you ever been clued in to a recipe which is so easy and delicious, it seems almost too good to be true? This easy cola chicken recipe was given to my parents years ago by my late uncle. Over the years, it’s become a family favorite. Frequently requested for birthdays, I always enjoy making it. When our boys were growing up, they eagerly devoured it whenever it was served. Now that my husband and I are empty-nesters, we’ve scaled it down a bit and still have leftovers. I even created a crock pot version. Read on to get the scoop about this amazing, mouth-watering meal!
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Easy Cola Chicken Recipe Ingredients
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
6 to 8 chicken thighs, skins removed
1 12-ounce can of cola, your favorite brand (we like to use diet)
16 ounces barbeque sauce
Directions for Easy Cola Chicken Recipe
Heat oil in an electric skillet. Ours is similar to this Presto 16-inch version. Set the heat to 350 degrees.
Brown the chicken for five minutes on each side. When chicken is browned, pour the barbeque sauce and cola over the chicken. Cover and simmer at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.
If the liquid is boiling rapidly, you may want to turn the heat down to 200 degrees. Serves 4-6.
What to Serve with the Easy Cola Chicken
We like to serve the chicken and sauce over rice, but you could also serve it over baked potatoes. If you serve it with rice, you may want to start the rice about 20 minutes before the chicken. We use a rice cooker and prefer brown rice, which takes about 40 minutes to cook. Depending on the rice cooker and the type of rice you use, the cooking time for the rice may vary. We love our rice cooker, which is similar to this 8-cup version by Hamilton Beach.
If you use an instant pot for your rice, the cooking time may be a lot shorter, depending on your model. I haven’t transitioned to an instant pot yet, so just follow your manufacturer’s directions.
Downsizing the Easy Cola Chicken Recipe for Empty-Nesters
There are just two of us at home most of the time now. To downsize the recipe from when we served it to hungry teenage boys, we have started using a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved. The recipe still makes enough for two meals when served with rice. It’s one of my favorite go-to dishes to serve during a workweek.
Adapting the Easy Cola Chicken Recipe for the Crock Pot
Since I love to have a meal ready and waiting for me when I get home from work, I decided to adapt this recipe for the crock pot. Since the chicken needs to be browned, I do that the night before, then put the browned chicken in the crock pot. I pour the cola and barbeque sauce over the chicken, then refrigerate over night. In the morning, I put the crock pot on low and let it cook for about 8 hours. The chicken really doesn’t need that much time to cook, so it ends up being pulled chicken. The meat just falls apart, it is so tender. The electric skillet version is still our family’s favorite, but the crock pot version might work better with your schedule.
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