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Grilled Chicken with Cola Sauce

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on time 21 mins
Total time 54 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 breast half and 1 tablespoon sauce)
The secret ingredient to this deliciously tangy grilled chicken is 3/4 cup of cola. You'll love the unique flavor that the cola gives it, mixed with warm spices like cumin, paprika, and chili powder.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup cola (such as Coca-Cola)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 254
  • fat 4.7 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 2 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 39.8 g
  • carbohydrate 11.2 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 99 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 498 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in cola and next 4 ingredients (through chili powder); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until sauce reduces to 3/4 cup, stirring occasionally. Set 6 tablespoons sauce aside.

  3. Combine sugar and next 3 ingredients (through cumin), stirring well. Rub spice mixture evenly over both sides of chicken. Arrange chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; baste with 3 tablespoons remaining sauce. Grill 5 minutes. Turn chicken over; baste with 3 tablespoons sauce. Grill 5 minutes or until done. Serve with reserved 6 tablespoons sauce.

Cook's Notes

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