Kickin Coca-Cola Chicken

Kickin Coca-Cola Chicken – easy chicken marinade that is a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta good! Super easy to make and tastes great! Chicken marinated in Coke, hot sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and lime juice. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator as long as possible and grill. Leftovers are great on a salad or in a sandwich wrap. #marinade #chicken #grill #grilled

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Grilled Coca-Cola Chicken Recipe

Grilled chicken is a staple at our house. We grill chicken at least twice a week. This Kickin Coca-Cola Chicken is a new favorite. Chicken marinated in coke, brown sugar, and hot sauce. A little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta yummy! We liked this chicken so much that we actually made it twice last week. I doubled the recipe the second time we made it. Leftovers are great chopped up on top of a salad or in a sandwich wrap. YUM!

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How to Make Spicy Coca-Cola Chicken Marinade

This chicken marinade is super easy to make. Simply whisk together Coke, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, and hot sauce. Place the chicken in a gallon ziplock bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken and refrigerate until ready to grill. I like to let the chicken marinate overnight for maximum flavor. If you don’t have that much time, just let the chicken marinate as long as you can.

  • Can use Coca-Cola or Pepsi soda.
  • What kind of hot sauce is used? I used Frank’s Hot Sauce. You can use Frank’s Wing Sauce or another brand of hot sauce such as Crystals.
  • Is the chicken really spicy? No. Despite being marinated in hot sauce, this chicken isn’t super spicy. It does have a little kick, but it isn’t overwhelming. Feel free to reduce the amount of hot sauce to your personal preference.
  • Use gluten-free soy sauce and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce for a gluten-free marinade.
  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – breasts, tenders, thighs, wings, or drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.
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What to Serve with Grilled Coca-Cola Chicken

This chicken has been on repeat at our house. It is so easy to make and it is packed full of great flavor. We usually serve this hot off the grill with some rice and BBQ green beans. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy grilled chicken:

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Kickin Coca-Cola Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Kickin Coca-Cola Chicken – easy chicken marinade that is a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta good! Super easy to make and tastes great! Chicken marinated in Coke, hot sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and lime juice. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator as long as possible and grill. Leftovers are great on a salad or in a sandwich wrap. #glutenfree #marinade #chicken #grill #grilled

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coca-Cola soda
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 3 Tbsp garlic minced
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions:

  • Whisk together Coke, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and hot sauce.
  • Place chicken in a ziplock bag. Pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate a few hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade. Grill chicken 12 to 15 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Notes:

Can use Coca-Cola or Pepsi soda.
I used Frank’s Hot Sauce. You can use Frank’s Wing Sauce or another brand of hot sauce such as Crystals.
Despite being marinated in hot sauce, this chicken isn’t super spicy. It does have a little kick, but it isn’t overwhelming. Feel free to reduce the amount of hot sauce to your personal preference.
Use gluten-free soy sauce and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce for a gluten-free marinade.
You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – breasts, tenders, thighs, wings, or drumsticks/legs.
You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.

Steph

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  1. I would like to know if Pepsi zero sugar can be used instead of regular Pepsi? I need to watch what I eat at my age. I do not want to ever have diabetes or anything else…..just making sure .

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