Grilled Chicken with Cola Sauce

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Lindsey Lower

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.

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 breast half and 1 tablespoon sauce)
Total:
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 21 Minutes
Total: 54 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 254
  • Fat: 4.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 39.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 11.2g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 498mg
  • Calcium: 32mg

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

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. 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. 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.
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