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.
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!
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.
Then add in your Coca-Cola! Since there is enough sugar in the soda, you don’t need any extra.
Stir this all together and add your chicken pieces. Personally, I like a mix of chicken thighs and breasts.
Put the lid on your slow cooker and cook it on high heat for about two hours, until the chicken is super-tender.
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.
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.
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