Photo: John Autry; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
21 Mins
Total Time
54 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

May 28, 2016
Best review ever. Unexpected belly laugh! Thx!

cherub's Review

December 23, 2013
I have no idea what some of these people are talking about. My picky, anti-everything 15-year-old requests this dish every other night. She hates spicy, sweet, chicken, air, talking to others, participating and the fact that life does not do everything she thinks it should. But she likes this chicken. A lot. Thank God.

Jean's review

April 28, 2015
My husband and I love this recipe, we don't like things real sweet and it was just right. Sometimes I will use chicken thighs but is is delicious with either. Great meal 

tpetricini's Review

July 15, 2014
Definitely not what I was expecting. I found it to be not sweet enough and so complex in flavor that it overwhelmed my taste buds and not in a good way.

Jaymie's Review

June 08, 2014
Easy to make and absolutely delicious. I slightly flattened chicken breasts and grilled on a stove top grill pan. The sauce is amazing. Husband loved it.

jschulz's Review

August 18, 2013

LucyLove's Review

January 30, 2013
I liked the idea of this chicken, but the end result wasn't worth even the minimal effort to make it. The rub and sauce have very little dimension; it needs some additional spices, not just more of the ones already present. My homemade BBQ sauce has much more complex flavors and takes only a few minutes to make. Sorry, but we weren't impressed.

AnglWords's Review

June 28, 2012
I thought this was fantastic! It's a real keeper. My husband loved it too. I'm not even an experienced griller, but the timing was just right. The sauce is different from what I buy at the store. The cola makes the difference; and by mistake, I bought diet cola. But it was fine. I also thought the spices were just right, not overly spicy. So I guess some readers like it really hot. I made a salad with a CL Thousand Island dressing, roasted green beans, and rice made with chicken broth and onions. Made the recipe as is so I have enought for another meal.

auntcy1's Review

May 14, 2012
We enjoyed this a lot. Per other readers suggestions I doubled the spices (CL a tends to be on the bland side) and brined the chicken so didn't include the salt. We thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely add it to the summer rotation.

KellyDiff's Review

March 31, 2012
Pretty good, but nothing fantastic. I liked the sauce, but actually thought it was a bit on the sweet side - better once I added some tabasco on my plate. Surprisingly, my 3 year old didn't like it - thought it was too spicy (admittedly, she is VERY spice sensitive; guess even the chili was too much).