Coca Cola Chicken

Coca Cola Chicken

4.5 stars

Juicy and scrumptious chicken coated with the savouriness and sweetness of thick and sticky gravy. As the name suggests, Coca Cola is used as a base for this super delicious chicken dish.

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 25 mins


Ayam Masak Cola, Coke Chicken


Nutrition per Serving

427 kcal
3 g
30 g
35 g

Whip up delicious coca cola chicken with leftover soda. Made popular in China, this chicken dish tastes marvelous coated with the thick sticky gravy it is cooked in. The shiny glaze on the chicken is tempting enough. You will be pleasantly surprised at how good the dish is. Whether it is drumsticks, wings, thighs or even ribs that you choose, you will definitely love the outcome.

You may question the addition of the most loved soda to this chicken dish. As we all know, coca cola is really sweet. Therefore, using it as the base for the gravy, there is no need for additional sweetener. The outcome looks similar to teriyaki chicken - dark and sticky with honey-like gravy.

Adding ketchup or BBQ sauce

This the simplest Coca Cola chicken recipe. However, you can always improve the flavour with ketchup or BBQ sauce. The gravy will then have a more complex flavour. You'll only need 1 tablespoon of either of the sauces. Choose ketchup for a more subtle taste. However, do not add both types of sauces together as the flavour would be overpowering and make the overall taste unappealing. Having either of the sauces adds a good amount of tartness and brings out the savouriness of the dish.

Coca Cola light or Pepsi

The base of the gravy calls for Coca Cola which means Cola light may also be used. Of course, it may also be substituted with Pepsi. The original taste of the soda is almost not noticeable in the dish once it is ready. So, it actually doesn't really matter on the choice of soda used.

Using slow cooker

Coca Cola chicken is a fantastic recipe to attempt using a slow cooker. It's explicitly simple. Optionally, sear the chicken pieces before adding it to the slow cooker. Then, add in all the ingredients. You don't even need to mix it thoroughly. Cover it and cook over low heat for about 5 hours or at high heat for 2 hours.

Using pressure cooker

If you're rushing for time, cook this yummy chicken dish in a pressure cooker. Just like the slow cooker, sear the meat pieces until they develop a brown crust. Add all the ingredients into the pot and cover it. You will be rewarded with really succulent chicken in no time.


1⁄2 cm
1⁄2 tbsp
400 g
chicken wings
300 ml
coca cola
2 tsp
dark soy sauce
3 tbsp
soy sauce

Steps to Prepare

Coca Cola Chicken Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 1⁄2 cm ginger
    • 1 scallions

Slice ginger. Then, separate leaves of the scallion from the stalk. Chop the stalk of the scallion into lengths of ca. 5 cm. Do julienne some scallions for garnishing, in step 3.

Coca Cola Chicken Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 1⁄2 tbsp oil
    • 400 g chicken wings

Pour oil into a pot heated at medium temperature. Sauté the stalks of the scallion and sliced ginger until fragrant. Add chicken pieces into pot to sear them till they begin browning.

Coca Cola Chicken Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • 300 ml coca cola
    • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
    • 3 tbsp soy sauce

Add Coca Cola, soy sauce and dark soy sauce into the pot. Allow the gravy to simmer until it thickens. Turn the chicken pieces over every 10-15 minutes for better absorption of flavours. Garnish the dish julienned scallion.

Published: May 15, 2019

4 Discussions

a year ago


Hi Grace, In the ‘Ingredients’ section there is no mention of Coca Cola, soy sauce or dark soy sauce or the quantities to be used. Can that be clarified please?

a year ago


Hi Limmy, sorry as they were not displayed. All is good now! Happy cooking :D

a year ago


Many thanks Grace. 😊

a year ago

Fran Tan

I think the recipe is good, but it's a tad too sweet for me that it just tastes like soy sauce with plenty of sugar or golden syrup. But that's just my opinion :) also, one of the instructions wasn't clear, so I think at step 2 I just fried all the scallions together, only to realize at step 3 that I needed to save some for garnish. I like the glossy look of the gravy though..

a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Thank you for your feedback Fran. You're right, the gravy is rather sweet, very similar to teriyaki chicken. You food snap looks really good by the way. As for the steps, we will update them accordingly!

7 months ago

Maya Imo

Hi! You can use Coca-cola zero sugar to reduce the sweetness! Still tasty!

10 months ago

Lily Chua

Made this last night for dinner. It's so yummy. I threw in some cili padi bits and added sesame seeds as garnish.

10 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

I'm happy to read this wonderful feedback, Lily! Do you have a photo too?If you do, upload it here as a food snap.

7 months ago

Maya Imo

This recipe is very easy! I used Coca-cola zero sugar and it's less sweet and my kids like it very much. Grace, thank you!

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