Slow Cooker Coke Chicken

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

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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.

Serve with a side of Strawberry Salad With Zesty Honey Mustard Dressing and Stewed Potatoes and you will have the perfect meal.

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

Helpful Kitchen Tool

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! 



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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. Fixed this on a busy day last week and it was amazing. We used a small chicken and I pulled it apart about an hour before serving. I’m not sure why people are having a problem. I only ladled sauce over the chicken maybe 2 or 3 times and I definitely didn’t need more BBQ. I even used all generic and didn’t have a lemon so I used some lemon pepper. This is such a good and easy dish . If u didn’t get it right the first time u should give it another chance.

  2. Melissa,

    I have thrown frozen chicken in a crock pot and walked out the door letting it cook all day for over 20 years now. I have yet to poison myself, my family or any of the hundreds I have taken food to in that time. Just because it is written by the USDA doesn’t mean its correct. That agency approves numerous things daily that can truly do you harm, frozen chicken in a crock pot is not one.


  3. i am going to make this but will diet coke work? one said it was bland rub a little garlic powder on the bird

  4. Can this be made without the chicken skin, and maybe 1/2 c. of brown sugar instead of a Coke? I havent made it yet and I’m always on the hunt for healthy options for delicious recipes. Thanks!

    1. I know it’s hard living day to day with a complaining and critical spirit but you absolutely can train yourself to look for joy and good in things – and it works!
      It will take time but eventually you’ll find you’d much rather go out of your way to say something kind rather than go out of your way to criticize and complain.
      You were meant for greater things but it is always up to us to rise to our greater purpose.
      Wishing the best for you.

      1. Christy, thanks for this. I wish you could write this on every food blog I’ve ever read…I really don’t understand people sometimes.

      2. Wow, just because someone made this recipe and it didn’t turn out, and they gave their opinion that was not what you wanted to hear, doesn’t mean they are negative or have a “critical spirit”!
        Unbelieavable that you would reply that way. Those are very strong words to people you don’t even know. You should be honored they tried your recipe at all and took the time to give you feedback.

        I made this recipe yesterday and followed it to the letter, as you instructed. It was moist and did “fall off the bone”….but no flavor to it whatsoever. This wasn’t going to deter me from trying other recipes in your book., but your response certainly has.

        1. And you know, if my response had of been in reply to someone saying they didn’t like the flavor or that the recipe didn’t have much flavor, or even to someone who had tried the recipe, your comment would have had some validity to it.

        2. You must not have read the post very closely. The negative poster had not even tried the recipe. She sarcastically criticized the amount of sugar and salt. She must not approve of cokes and BBQ sauce but most of us do. If this recipe didn’t meet her dietary requirements she should have simply moved on to one that does. Christys response was very appropriate.

      3. YOU GO, GIRL!! A most courteous but “clear” response to the now ever-present “in-your-face”remark via the “social media vehicle” that would seldom ever be actually spoken to the (usually) undeserving (&usually) caring individual who kindly put themselves out there to share things with their fellow humans.

        Thank you!

      4. Agree say something nice or don’ leave a comment. Go find something that makes you happy.Our family has cut back on salt and sugar because of health issues but, still like and enjoy trying recipes just cut back with sugar and salt when I can.. Love your recipes Christy and your blog.

  5. I have to agree with Laura. It was actually kind of bland. The only thing it had going for it was that it was moist and falling off the bone.

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