Slow Cooker Coke Chicken

One of our favorite recipes to throw in the crock pot, this Coke Chicken is delicious for an easy, weeknight meal.

coke chicken

Coke chicken is easy and delicious! There is something about these flavors slow cooking with the meat that brings out a really unique and yummy flavor. Better yet, breaking out the slow cooker is perfect for busy weeknight meals as your prep work is mostly done in the morning! I like to serve this with stewed potatoes in butter sauce and a simple dinner roll. The chicken steals the show.

This recipe is super versatile and works with pork chops, boneless breasts, ribs, and even roast. I ask that you first try it with a fryer if at all possible, though. There is a magic that takes place when you cook a fryer like this that just doesn’t happen with other cuts of meat, even boneless skinless breasts. The fryer, after slow cooking all day in this amazing blend of flavors, becomes completely permeated with the flavor and literally falls off of the bone. Every shred of chicken, even the inside meat, is tinted the color of your sauce, proving that it has completely saturated the bird.

Why You’ll Love Coke Chicken

  • Easy: The use of a slow cooker makes this a set-it-and-forget-it meal. Prep it in the morning and forget about it until you serve in the evening!
  • Versatile: You can use your favorite meat in this meal! Try pork, roast, boneless chicken breasts, whatever your family’s favorite is! You can also make this with a different carbonated beverage, as long as it is carbonated and has sugar in it. 
  • Crowd-pleaser: Everyone loves this meal. Even the pickiest eaters love it every time! 

Ingredients You Need to Make Coke Chicken:

coke chicken ingredients
  • A whole fryer chicken
  • Coca Cola
  • BBQ Sauce
  • an onion
  • a lemon

How to Make Coke Chicken:

peel the onion and cut
Peel your onion and cut onion and lemon into quarters. That’s all, just make yourself four wedges and you’re done!
put the chicken in a crock pot
Put your chicken in the crock pot. 
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add lemon and onion to chicken
Toss that lemon and onion onto the chicken.
Pour whole bottle of BBQ Sauce over it.
pour coke into pot
Pour whole can of Coke over it.
put the lid on and cook all day
Put the lid on and cook on low all day long or high for 3 to 4 hours. This is great to put on in the morning before you go to work. Your house will smell phenomenal when you come home.
finished cooking in the crock pot
Here is what your coke chicken will look like when it’s done. All cooked up and ready for your plates!

How to Serve Coke Chicken:

I like to serve this one of two ways. You can pull bits of chicken off and serve it with a more breast-like portion of chicken, like so:

coke chicken

OR you can shred the chicken and serve on a roll, like this:

coke chicken

I also like to serve this with a side stewed potatoes in butter sauce and a simple dinner roll. Also consider a side salad for a lighter feel. The chicken steals the show either way! 



coke chicken

Slow Cooker Coke Chicken

Slow Cooker Coke Chicken : The flavor is so amazing! I like to serve it with stewed potatoes in butter sauce and a simple dinner roll.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 8 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, coke
Servings: 4
Calories: 1087kcal


  • 1 Chicken
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Bottle BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Can Coca Cola


  • Peel onion and cut into quarters. Cut lemon into Quarters. Place chicken in crock pot. Toss in onion quarters and lemon quarters. Pour in entire bottle of BBQ Sauce and entire can of Coke. Cover and cook on low all day or high 3 to four hours.


Calories: 1087kcal
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  1. Yeah April! It is awesome and it smells so good, especially if you put a bit of cinnamon and raisins in it.

    Here is the link-a-roo!
    You so need this crock pot!!! I am telling you, it will help bring about world peace if you own one!!!

    Don’t forget that I am going to get all of those submitted recipes together and post them in a downloadable book, too!

    Stephanie: I am like you, someone mentions cooking chicken in a crock pot and I’m in!!! LOL! I use my crock pot several times a week to make the meat for our supper and then just whip up some sides and we’re done!

    1. Where do you get this special crockpot and what is it called or who makes it? I am crying that there is a lonely little crockpot out there calling my name. I have 4 or 5 already but can always use another! Thanks!

      1. I have made this on the stove a hundred times but am so excited to do it in the crock pot! We always serve over mashed potatoes with peas.

  2. Ok, I’ll be a guinea pig and give the ginger ale a try and report back after said experiment.

    Crock pot oatmeal! Oh man.. I’m SO going to buy that thing tomorrow.

  3. Ooh, that does look good! I love making chicken in the crockpot – that falling-off-the-bone thing is my favorite part!

  4. You know, I actually can’t drink ginger ale so I have never even had it in my house! Its all because I’m weird 🙂

    It should work just fine, go for it!
    I think you DEFINITELY need to get the three in one tomorrow though, because having a slow cooker with three pots on hand versus one is an integral part to all of my crock pot recipes. ~wink wink~

    Really, the oatmeal thing is just super cool where you use the two pots as a water bath, that alone is neat enough for you to get it!

  5. So if I need carbonation and sugar…can I use a ginger ale? The only soda we ever have on hand is ginger ale is why I ask. I think this is reason enough to go tomorrow and buy the 3-in-1 slow cooker. *innocent look*

  6. Oh sure! you could do at least six or seven chicken breasts in there (boneless) with no problem. I would stir them up a bit halfway though so they don’t stick together.
    i’m so hungry right now………….

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