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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

{Crockpot} Cola Chicken



Seriously, whoever invented the Crockpot was a genius. I could google who it was, but I'm being especially lazy at the moment. I have to say though, not all slow cookers are created equal - that is for sure! A while back I lent my beloved Crockpot to my father-in-law because his oven wasn't working. So I borrowed my mom's to use for the time being. I'm not going to name brands or anything, but that thing burned everything I tried to cook!

At first I thought it was the fact that I was trying a dessert (Crockpot Peanut Butter Cake, I need to revisit that one). Burned chocolate with peanut butter complete with uncooked cake batter in the center... let's just say the house didn't smell right for a day or two. But no, I even made my Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, I seriously don't even need to pull up the recipe on that one -- that's how much I make it. Dinner that night? Take out something or other, that thing burned too!

For my mom? Her slow cooker is just fine. She usually only uses her Crockpot to keep things warm that have already been cooked. It's amazing to me how much differently the brands operate!

I hope you have a good, trusty Crockpot for this chicken dish. It's SO good! The little bit of cola in the juice, combined with the soy sauce and brown sugar, make a sweet sauce that tastes even better over leftover rice the next day! Great way to use up that last bit of flat Pepsi in the fridge that nobody will drink, too. ;)


{Crockpot} Cola Chicken
adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup cola
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons water
white rice, cooked

Spray the inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place chicken in bottom of insert. In a medium bowl, mix together cola, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce. Pour over chicken and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Remove chicken from Crockpot and cover tightly with foil. Pour sauce into a small skillet and turn on high heat. In a small bowl, stir together corn starch and water. Gradually stir in corn starch mixture into sauce. Bring to a boil and keep boiling for about 5 minutes until sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes (sauce will continue to thicken as it cools). Serve chicken over rice with drizzled sauce, or in a small bowl for dipping.



This is a great weeknight slow cooker dinner! Dump it in before work, and come home to dinner just about ready. Here are some of my other Crockpot favorites for a busy night:


Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing





Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup




Crockpot Tortellini Lasagna




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15 comments:

  1. I'm making this TO-NIGHT!!!!!! I agree- the crock pot- genius idea. I love when I can take 5 minutes- throw everything in & be done with it. I have been looking for new things to do it chicken in the crock pot (especially that don't take cream soups) so this is perfect. Which then made me think about what I might do with the chicken I need to prepare tonight - thanks Kelly! This is awesome!

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    1. I've been trying to avoid the ones with cream soups, too. I'm searching for a homemade version of the cream soups to use in some of my favorite crockpot recipes. Hope you enjoy this one, Gina!

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  2. Let us know how it turned out! Might try soon

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  3. Definitley pinning this one! I love that it's made with cola.

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  4. This looks great, love new chicken recipes! Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Hi Kelly,
    This Chicken will have the best flavor, we will really enjoy it. Have a great St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  6. This chicken sounds so great. Can't wait to make it. I too love using a crock pot. Could not live without it.
    Have a nice week,
    Bev
    @http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

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  7. This looks delicious! Stopping by from the Tasty Tuesday Hop at 33 Shades of Green!

    Julia @ Mom on the Run x2

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  8. This sounds so interesting, I think my hubby would love it ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Looks great, Kelli! We will be trying this one for sure! Thanks for linking up to the Monday Menu Plan. You are my featured recipe for Monday! xoxo SusieQTpies

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  10. I just put together a "50 Fabulous Chicken Dishes" Recipe Round Up from links that were submitted to The Weekend re-Treat over the past couple of weeks and this recipe was included and featured in today's post!

    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/04/50-fabulous-chicken-dishes.html

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

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  11. I have a double crockpot! It's very bulky but invaluable when I'm having a dinner party. Can I ask a stupid question - although the amount of cola used is negligible so wouldn't make much difference to my diet - does the cola have to be regular, or can Diet cola be used?

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    1. In this recipe, I wouldn't substitute Diet soda. The sugar in the cola reduces it down to a thin syrup. I would be afraid the aspartame in the diet soda would take on a weird taste after slow cooking, too. Hope that helps!

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  12. Brittney StouderMay 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Looks awesome! I'm new to this crock-pot thing and I love that you have tons of recipes for everything. I know that I will be referring to this site for dinner ideas quite often. But, quick question, do you think pepsi would be good to make this...or Coke is better?

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  13. Oh, I think Pepsi would work just fine in this! Actually, I believe I used Pepsi in this recipe, not Coke. I'm a Pepsi girl. :) Hope you enjoy!

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