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Pollo a la Coca Cola (Coca Cola Chicken)

Pollo a la coca cola or coca cola chicken is one of the most delicious chicken recipes you’ll ever try! It’s super easy and it’s something the entire family will love.

Pollo a la coca cola and rice on a white plate.

My husband had been asking me for the longest time to make pollo a la coca cola.

I never had it before so I wasn’t even sure how to make it.

His mother used to make it for him and she was kind enough to give me her recipe.

Let me tell you, it’s absolutely amazing!

I love the flavors of this dish. It’s sweet, salty and a little spicy.

It’s so yummy and all it needs is a super simple side of white rice to be complete.

What are the ingredients for coca cola chicken?

The ingredients for coca cola chicken are quite simple and the majority of them are probably already in your kitchen. What you’ll need are:

  • canned tomato sauce
  • chipotle peppers in adobo plus some of the sauce
  • soy sauce
  • water
  • chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • white onion
  • garlic cloves
  • Coca Cola

Can I use chicken thighs instead?

Yes, if you have chicken thighs those will work just fine.

How to make pollo a la Coca Cola

First we’re going to make the sauce.

Put the tomato sauce, chipotle peppers plus some of it’s sauce, water and soy sauce in a blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.

Next put the chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.

seasoned chicken drumsticks in a bowl.

Heat up the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes.

cooking chicken drumsticks in a skillet.

Then flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes or until it’s nice and browned as shown below.

browning chicken drumsticks in a skillet.

Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the butter to the skillet.

Once the butter is melted add the onion and stir. Cook for a couple of minutes until translucent.

Then add the garlic and cook for another minute.

sliced onion and minced garlic in a skillet.

Add the sauce to the skillet. Then add the chicken.

making coca cola chicken.

Pour the Coca Cola into the skillet. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Then reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 30 minutes. Then uncover and flip the chicken over and cover again. Continue to cook for another 30 minutes.

making pollo a la Coca Cola.

By now the chicken has simmered in the sauce for an hour total. The chicken will be cooked through and tender. Your kitchen should also smell amazing!

cooked Coca Cola chicken.

What do I serve with Coca Cola chicken?

All this tasty dish needs is a side of white rice. The rice does a great job at soaking up the delicious sauce.

Tips and tricks

  • Remove the skin from the drumsticks before cooking for a less greasy dish.
  • Use room temperature Coca-Cola
  • Reduce the amount of chipotle peppers in the recipe if you’re sensitive to spice.

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Pollo a la Coca Cola recipe

This is an easy and delicious dinner the whole family will enjoy.

I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

pollo a la Coca Cola and white rice on a white plate.
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Pollo a la Coca-Cola

Pollo a la Coca-Cola or "Coca-Cola chicken" is a delicious recipe that the whole family will enjoy. Serve it with white rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword coca cola chicken, coke chicken, how to make coca cola chicken, pollo a la coca cola
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 254 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 3 chipotle peppers plus 1 tbs of the sauce
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/2 white onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 16 oz Coca Cola

Instructions

  1. Put the tomato sauce, chipotle peppers and 1 tbs of the sauce, water and soy sauce in a blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.

  2. Put the drumsticks in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat up the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes. Then flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes or until it's nice and browned.

  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the butter to the skillet. Once the butter is melted add the sliced onion and stir. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Add the blended sauce to the skillet. Then return the chicken to the skillet as well.

  6. Pour the Coca-Cola into the skillet. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Then reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 30 minutes. Then uncover and flip the chicken over and cover again. Continue to cook for another 30 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat.

  7. Serve with white rice and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Removing the skin from the chicken before cooking will result in a less greasy dish.
  • Use room temperature Coca-Cola.
  • Reduce the amount of chipotle peppers in this recipe if you’re sensitive to spice.
Nutrition Facts
Pollo a la Coca-Cola
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 824mg36%
Potassium 328mg9%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 194IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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