Sweet Cola Barbecue Chicken Recipe



Everyone loves cola and everyone loves chicken; add them together and the two make a sublime meal. Cola is very useful in cooking many kinds of meat. Due to the high sugar content it forms a deliciously sweet and sticky coating which goes beautifully with savoury meats; including ham, gammon and duck.

This Sweet Cola Barbecue Chicken recipe is easy and seriously tasty. It includes a sauce that can be served in a jug so guests can choose just how cola-ish they’d like their chicken to be. Serve with a variety of salads and pastas to please every one of your guests – no matter what their tastes are!



  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Half a can of cola
  • A third of a finely chopped onion
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 tbspn rapeseed oil
  • 3 large spoons of tomato sauce
  • 2 tspn Worcester sauce
  • 1 tspn chilli powder (more if you like it hot!)
  • 1 tbspn brown sugar
  • 1 tbspn sweet paprika
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Pinch of salt


Cooking Instructions:

1. Turn on your barbeque and allow plenty of time for it to get really hot. On your stove, heat a large frying pan with a little oil and cook the onion on a medium heat until transparent. Add the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes.

2. Next add cola, tomato sauce and Worcester sauce; turn down the heat and allow to simmer gently for 5 minutes stirring all the time. Add a little water if it looks too dry. Turn off heat.

3. Next, in a bowl mix the chilli powder, sugar, paprika and cumin and rub all over the chicken pieces. Place chicken on barbecue and baste with a little of the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender and then serve with remaining sauce in a small jug.


Cooking Tips:

Always use fresh chicken and buy the best quality possible. When crushing garlic, if you do not have a garlic crusher, use the back of a heavy knife to squash and press the bulb. Lumps of garlic never taste good in any dish, you want the garlic to gently infuse the food and not to sit among the ingredients. Always ensure chicken is cooked thoroughly before serving it; if you are unsure, slice into a piece to check it. Any pink flesh is a bad thing and the chicken should all be returned to the grill until the meat is white throughout.

To speed things up consider using a gas barbecue.


Serving Suggestions:

This chicken works well with a variety of side dishes and it’s also great served on bread as a sandwich. You could also offer spicy rice, or fresh green salad as an accompaniment.

If you need more pieces of chicken than there are in the recipe, simple double the ingredients for the sauce to ensure that you have plenty to offer.