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Coca-Cola Chicken

Tender and crispy grilled barbecue Coca-Cola™ Chicken recipe! Made with a Coca-Cola marinade, and an intense and potent Coca-Cola reduction syrup, this sweet, sticky, spicy Coca-Cola Chicken is my go-to meal for summer!
Course Dinner
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 6 servings
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl


  • 1 packet brown sugar BBQ grill seasoning or your favorite grill seasoning
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 - 20 oz. bottles regular Coca-Cola™ classic divided
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. In a large glass bowl, whisk together brown sugar BBQ grill seasoning, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1/2 c. Coca-Cola, red pepper flakes, and paprika.
  2. Set aside 1/4 c. marinade.
  3. Add chicken breasts to remaining marinade in glass bowl, stir to coat, and cover bowl with foil.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for about 2 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, add remaining Coca-Cola to a large saucepan.
  6. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  7. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, or until it thickens into a syrupy consistency, and reduces to about 1/2 cup. As the soda reduces, it will need more attention and stirring. It takes a while to significantly reduce, about 45 minutes, but then reduction happens quite quickly. Pay particular attention to the soda during the last 10-15 minutes of the reduction process.
  8. Whisk in butter and salt.
  9. Remove from heat, and carefully pour into a jelly jar or heat-proof glass jar.
  10. Add reserved marinade to the Coca-Cola reduction, and stir to combine.
  11. Remove chicken from refrigerator, and discard that marinade.
  12. Grill chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, basting with Coca-Cola mixture, or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  13. Serve!