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Slow-Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

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Slow-Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Slow-Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

Slow cooker chicken with a simple cola-based BBQ sauce. So tender and delicious!

Ingredients

2
pounds boneless skinless chicken
1
cup ketchup
1
cup Coca-Cola
1/2
sweet onion, grated
3
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1
teaspoon chili powder
1
teaspoon kosher salt
1
teaspoon black pepper
1
teaspoon dried oregano
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
Fresh scallions, sliced for garnish

Directions

  • 1 In a large slow cooker, stir together ketchup, Coca-cola, grated onion, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.
  • 2 Add chicken pieces, which should be mostly covered by liquid. Cover with slow cooker lid and cook on high for two hours.
  • 3 After chicken is cooked, drain off most of the liquid and pour it into a medium saucepan. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook until it thickens, about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, keep chicken warm in slow cooker on the warm setting.
  • 4 Serve cooked chicken, sliced, with thickened sauce on top and garnished with fresh scallions.
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Coke adds just the right touch to chicken and BBQ sauce made in the slow cooker.

As prepared by Macheesmo,

A few spices, a little Coke, some chicken and your slow cooker – dinner is done.

As everyone knows, the recipe for Coca-Cola is a closely guarded secret. Rumor has it that only a few people actually know it, and they aren’t allowed to fly together!

But if you crack open a can and smell it alongside some spices, you can pick up hints. Personally, I think Coca-Cola smells a bit like coriander, anise, vanilla, and maybe even some savory things like cumin.

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

These flavor profiles also happen to work really good in a BBQ sauce. By starting with a Coca-Cola base, you can slowly simmer chicken in your slow cooker and end up with really tender meat – and a sweet and savory BBQ sauce!

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

Start by adding the ketchup and a few spices to the slow cooker. There are hints of spice in Coca-Cola, but we want to really jack up some of the flavors in the sauce.

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

Then add in your Coca-Cola! Since there is enough sugar in the soda, you don’t need any extra.

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

Stir this all together and add your chicken pieces. Personally, I like a mix of chicken thighs and breasts.

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

Put the lid on your slow cooker and cook it on high heat for about two hours, until the chicken is super-tender.

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

The sauce will actually get more watery as it cooks because of water in the chicken. The sauce will be way to watery to serve as-is, but that’s easy to fix.

When the chicken is done cooking, pour off the liquid in the slow cooker and add it to a medium saucepan. Bring that to a simmer and let it reduce until the sauce is nice and thick. It should take about 10 minutes.

 

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken

Then just slice up the chicken and serve the sauce over the top! I like to add a big sprinkle of fresh chopped scallions to brighten up the flavors a bit.

 

Nick wants you to embrace the slow cooker! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.

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