Coca-Cola Chicken Breasts

Sometimes I think my mom was years ahead in cooking. As I was browsing the internet I saw a recipe in Steamy Kitchen for cola glazed wings made by Virginia Willis and I remembered the first time we ate coca-cola glazed pork chops. Twenty years ago, when there was no internet and surely not so much exchange of information, I returned back home from the university hungry as a devil. When I entered the kitchen I saw my mother cooking something in a nonstick skillet that was foaming. I asked her what she was doing and she replied to me that she was making pork chops with coca-cola. I double checked to see making sure I heard well and then I went to change, so I could enjoy my lunch with that, unbelievable for those days, meal.


It was out of this world. Back at that time Chinese restaurants have started to emerge in the Athenian culinary scene and the sweet and sour flavor in meals was winning a special place in my heart. So, this meal was exactly that. Sweet and sour and glazed and caramelized and I remember pretty well that I arrived at the point to lick the dish (shame on me!). From then on this dish was made several times and my mom expanded it even further. It is a very easy and tasty meal and is made in almost no time! It is perfect for a quick weekday meal.
My mom’s recipe is very close to the one I saw in Steamy Kitchen so I am giving you the link to that one as well, because I want to be totally correct about this.

Coca-Cola Glazed Chicken Breasts
700 gr. / 25 oz. chicken breasts, julienned
1 can coca-cola or any other cola
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder



In a skillet add couple of tbsp of sesame oil. Add the chicken pieces and sauté until they take a light brown color.
Add the rest of the ingredients, lower the fire to medium low and let simmer for ½ hour.
If the sauce hasn’t become syrupy, don’t worry, just add 1 tbsp of corn flour dissolved in 1 tbsp of water and your sauce would thicken in a moment.
I served it over my all time favorite rice; basmati. You can serve them over noodles or jasmine rice or whatever your heart desires.


Coca-Cola Chicken Breasts
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: International
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 gr./ 25 oz. chicken breasts, julienned
  • 1 can coca-cola or any other cola
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • Salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a skillet add couple of tbsp of sesame oil.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and sauté until they take a light brown color.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, lower the fire to medium low and let simmer for ½ hour.
  4. If the sauce hasn’t become syrupy, don’t worry, just add 1 tbsp of corn flour dissolved in 1 tbsp of water and your sauce would thicken in a moment.
  5. I served it over my all time favorite rice; basmati.
  6. You can serve them over noodles or jasmine rice or whatever your heart desires.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from Steamy Kitchen

Κοτόπουλο με Coca-Cola
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Διεθνής
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 700 γρ. στήθος κοτόπουλου, κομμένο σε λωρίδες
  • 1 κουτάκι coca-cola
  • ⅓ φλ. σκούρα μαύρη ζάχαρη
  • Αλάτι
  • ¼ κ.γ. σκόνη κρεμμυδιού
  • ¼ κ.γ. σκόνη σκόρδου
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα βαθύ τηγάνι προσθέστε περίπου 2 κουταλιές της σούπας σησαμέλαιο.
  2. Προσθέστε τα κομμάτια του κοτόπουλου και σωτάρετε μέχρι να πάρουν λίγο χρώμα.
  3. Προσθέστε τα υπόλοιπα υλικά, χαμηλώστε τη φωτιά στο μέτριο και ψήστε για μισή ώρα.
  4. Αν η σάλτσα δεν πήξει προσθέστε 1 κ.σ. κορν φλάουρ διαλυμένο σε 1 κ.σ. νερό και ανακατέψτε.
  5. Η σάλτσα θα πήξει αμέσως.
  6. Το σέρβιρα με ρύζι μπασμάτι που το αγαπώ πολύ.
  7. Ταιριάζει όμως και με νουντλς και με απλό ρύζι.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Προσαρμογή από Steamy Kitchen


76 Responses to Coca-Cola Chicken Breasts

  1. Christy says:

    chow clever! i use root beer for pork, and i have used coca cola for brisket…but never tried it with chicken. i will definitely give this a try. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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  3. Jen says:

    That looks yummy! Thanks for linking up with Made From Scratch Tuesday!

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  5. Hope says:

    That looks delicious!

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    I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!


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  11. Ott, A. says:

    Just Stopping by from TMTT. What a fun recipe. I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month's themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

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  13. Dimah says:

    What a delicious combination! looks and sounds fantastic!

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  15. Victor says:

    In Quebec, we do a lot of maple syrup glazed, coca-cola seems such a great idea.

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  17. Mother Rimmy says:

    How simple is that and it looks so gooey delicious!

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  19. Tiffanee says:

    You are my hero! Combining chicken and cola..brilliant! Dish me some up!! YUM!!

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  21. Reshmi Mahesh says:

    This looks yummm…using cola wth chicken is new to me…Thanks for sharing…


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  23. Julie M. says:

    I have heard of this dish before but never actually made it myself. Yours looks so delicious! Maybe it's time I finally gave it a try.

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  25. From the Kitchen says:

    If these are as good as they look, then I am on the Coca-Cola "bandwagon"! My mother did a cake that had RC Cola in it and it was delicious!! Thanks for the memory and the recipe.


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  27. Sonia says:

    Amazing recipe. I have never tasted it but am sure wud love to have it. Can we add cola to something vegetarin, if any idea comes to ur mind, please let me knw, I wud love to give it a shot….cheers !

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  29. We Are Not Martha says:

    Wow! What an innovative dish. I bet is incredibly delicious! It looks so flavorful :)


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  31. Velva says:

    Coca-Cola creates a wonderful sweet glaze for meat. I never thought to use it on chicken breasts, very good idea.
    We enjoy making a spiral cut ham with a Coca-Cola glaze, that we often enjoy for a big family meal.


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  33. eva says:

    Καλά είσαι φοβερή και τρομερή!
    Θα το δοκιμάσω οπωσδήποτε μετά την νηστεία!!!
    Φιλάκια πολλά!!!!

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  35. Barbara says:

    I've had a Coca-Cola chocolate cake, but never chicken! (or pork) With that dark brown sugar, I bet it's heavenly! Sticky and dark.

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  37. Elle Belles Bows says:

    Stopping by from 11th Heaven link up.

    That looks so good! I have never heard of it before but would love to try it!


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  39. alwayswinner786 says:

    OMG! That's truly amazing recipe I never had cola glazed chicken but your's look so tempting!

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  41. My Mommymoon says:

    Wow, very delish. The pic is amazing as well.

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  43. Bergamot says:

    This something really new. I love the color of the chicken

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  45. Lindsay says:

    This looks unique and delicious!! On my to-do list!

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  47. Maria says:

    I have never tried this, but remember seeing coca-cola used in some other recipes. I can't even imagine how this would taste like, it looks great!

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  49. Zoe says:

    Sounds very delicious. Heard about Cola on BBQ and meat dish but not brave to try this way of cooking. This is brilliant!

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  51. Raina says:

    Oh yum! I love sweet and sour chicken. Your mom is so smart. That must be where you get it from:) I would lick the plate too!

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  53. Juliana says:

    Katerina, I love this recipe, so easy and you have a beautiful dish…love the glaze and I please an extra bowl of rice for me :-) Have a wonderful week!

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  55. HGourmet Foodie says:

    That's what i call creative cooking!!! coke and chicken.. i would never even think of it!!! Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing recipe!!!

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  57. aipi says:

    You got a really nice color n what a fun recipe!

    US Masala

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  59. Kristen says:

    What a great way to treat chicken. I can see why you want to lick the dish!!

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  61. Melissa @IWasBornToCook says:

    I've made something similar to this…so good and so easy! Yours looks great.

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  63. Dawn says:

    This looks delicious Katerina!

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    What a clever idea! My dad used to use Dr. Pepper on pork.

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  67. AiDiSan says:


    I didn't now you can cook chicken in soda, it's my first time to hear this. It's one easy to prepare recipe. Thank you for sharing:)

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  69. The Lucky Wife says:

    OH, YUM! Licking the plate seems like the very natural, "normal" thing to do to me! 😉

    Thanks for sharing this at Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday. Definitely wanna try it!

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  71. Claire says:

    I have never heard of this, it sounds so good :)

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  73. My Little Space says:

    Thanks Kateina for sharing your mom special recipe. Ya, we made this often too. It tastes like the Chinese Char Siew, isn't it? Very flavourful! Hope you're having a great week ahead.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  75. Karishma says:

    I remember what you said about mothers on my blog, and this is just perfect for it! Your mom is really creative and way ahead of her time! Sometimes with all the resources at my disposal, I'm still stuck with what to do for dinner :-)…and as always, our mom's recipes turn out to be the best and our favorites! Your pics look super yummy, as usual…

    I know its been raining awards for you lately, but I still have one for you, which you can collect from my blog :-)…

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  77. Trisha says:

    This looks delicious Katerina … I've heard about cooking with Cola quite often but have never tried it myself, this looks like a nice way to serve up chicken!!!

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  79. Pam says:

    Wow – I've never cooked meat with cola… it looks fantastic!

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  81. says:

    Coca-Cola is a guilty pleasure of mine, but I have never cooked with it. Being a northerner (US) we don't tend to do it, but you chicken looks so good that I just might. 😉

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  83. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says:

    They look delicious! The only other time I've used Coca-Cola in cooking was to make a baked ham and it was one of the best I've ever made.

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  85. Tammy says:

    Oh yum!!! This chicken sounds so good!!
    Have a lovely evening!

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  87. Jay says:

    Awesome recipe..thanx for sharing dear..
    Tasty appetite

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  89. mia maria says:

    Katerina your good looks delicious! I love the way it's caramelized!

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  91. Rita says:

    Your mother was a genious; looks like perfect sticky chicken for the chinese restaurant. I am keeping this gem.

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  93. sally says:

    I've never cooked with coca cola before. It sounds like an interesting ingredient.

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  95. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    This chicken looks so yummy.Never tried adding cola to chicken.Amazing color.

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  97. Vita says:

    Πολύ πρωτότυπη η συνταγή σου Κατερίνα! Θα δοκιμαστεί μετά τη νηστεία. Τελικά …πάει με όλα ε; :-)

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  99. Candace says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I know my family would love this so much. My mom always used coca-cola to soak her venison. She said that it took the "wild" taste from the meat. I had never thought to use it on chicken. I'm going to save this recipe to try. Thanks, Katerina!

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  101. Joanne says:

    I must be behind the times then because I have never heard of this! I'm so intrigued though…that glaze looks so delicious.

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  103. Simply Life says:

    I've never seen anything like this! what an interesting idea!

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  105. Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) says:

    first time here,u hv a lovley space..cola with chicken…looks so tempting n delicious….visit my space as time permits..

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  107. Ellie-A Little of This and a Little of That says:

    Yummy! All the food looks good!!! I'm your newest follower from the Boost My Blog Blog Hop. If you get a minute please drop by and follow back. Have a super weekend!

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  109. Miriam says:

    My favorite recipe to put cola in is chocolate cake (he, he). Looks great :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  111. Anna says:


    I found your blog through the Boost my Blog hop. I'm your newest follower. :) This looks so good!

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  113. Reeni says:

    This looks really good Katerina! It has such a nice glaze to it and I can imagine how tender it must be. Your Mom was so clever for doing this!

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  115. ΜΑΡΙΑ ΠΙΟΥΚΑ says:

    Αν και αντιπαθώ την κόκα-κόλα και δεν την χρησιμοποιώ ποτέ, φαίνεται ενδιαφέρον σαν φαγητό.
    Φιλιά πολλά

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  117. Cooking Gallery says:

    I have seen this dish somewhere many years ago but have never dared to try it, but you make it sound so good…!

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  119. ceodraiocht says:

    Hi – Heard of Coke as a meat tenderizer/glaze but I've never tried it. Good to know you like the result. Thanks for sharing.

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  121. Mary says:

    This is a lovely and quick way to make well-flavored chicken. I've used cola to make a ham but never chicken. I'll have to give this a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  123. Peggy says:

    I really love the flavor that coca-cola or any other soda lends to dishes like these! I was definitely doubtful at first when I heard of this technique a long time ago, but after using it myself, I can say it's pretty darn amazing!

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  125. Conor @ Hold the Beef says:

    What a trailblazing Mum :) You're clearly following in her footsteps!!

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  127. Krithi's Kitchen says:

    Moms are always the best cooks… Your chicken pieces looks so colorful and inviting… Delicious…

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  129. Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says:

    Sounds right up my alley, cooking with soda. love it with brisket and ribs! It looks deliciously sticky, we would love this!

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  131. Lyuba B. says:

    You just keep coming up with more and more interresting stuff. I am your newest follower :)

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  133. tasteofbeirut says:

    I have seen recipes using coca-cola and seven-up especially living in Texas; however I have never tried it, shame on it! I am tempted too now that I have seen your post. Looks delish!

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  135. divya says:

    looks healthy and delicious dear…
    nice clicks :)

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  137. Design Wine and Dine says:

    I'll say your mom was absolutly ahead of her time! This looks delicious! I will hav eto try this for sure!

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  139. ann@Apples and Twinkies says:

    Those look really good. I think I'll make something with Coca Cola soon!

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  141. Chef Lana says:

    In the south, we use coca-cola in a lot of recipes…such as glazing hams and in cake. I make Coca-Cola cake every year for a client's fundraising event. It is soooo good! Glad to share the recipe if you don't have it and would like it.

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  143. Prathima Rao says:

    This looks fantastic…Im drooling looking at the pics!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  145. Corina says:

    I've never cooked with coca-cola before so I can imagine this was a real surprise when your mum first made this dish 20 years ago!

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  147. aki! says:

    This is crazy! My mom makes this dish. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  149. Edible Art says:

    Katerina! i know youve received this award already, but i hope you can drop by my blog & check out the message i wrote for you (:

    and HAHA ! coca-cola chicken breasts ?! how brilliant!

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  151. Marelie says:

    This is really yummy!In a hotel where I worked before, the chef cooked with cola but I didn't get to taste them…think I wanna cook this one.

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