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.

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! 



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. I’ve made this recipe several times and my whole family loves it — that is saying something considering my 4 year old usually won’t try anything that doesn’t look or taste like macaroni and cheese. I usually use chicken pieces (thighs and legs) instead of a fryer just for convenience sake but they always turn out really moist and the meat falls off the bones. I’ve also put some of the leftover sauce in a sauce pan and reduced it over a low heat. Once it thickens up a bit, its wonderful to spoon over the chicken on the plate.

  2. My recipe -I wrap sweet potatoes in Reynolds wrap and put on bottom of cooker and coat my chicken with some unsalted butter and sprinkle corn starch over and sprinkle S & P – slow 6 hrs. AWESOME SWEET POTOES ARE SO GOOD.

  3. I skimmed the comments and I hadn’t seen this question asked, so forgive me if it’s a repeat. I’m a beginner when it comes to cooking. What is the approimate weight of chicken I’m looking to get here? 3-5 lbs? or larger?

  4. I wish that there were some serving ideas with this! I’m really new to cooking, I know, kind of embarrassing. I was DYING to try this, it’s got an hour left in the crock-pot, and now I’m overcome with horrible anxiety because I have no idea how to serve this up?! I looked up videos on how to carve a whole chicken- I am also cooking some asparagus and mashed potatoes to go along with this (I don’t know how it will all pair, but it’s food so nourishment for the win).

    I really hope this is tasty! It sure does look great!

    (I would love to have seen some plate presentation of how you served it! Like, portion sizes or what sides you paired with.) Thanks for keeping such an awesome website!

    1. Hi Bailey!! We all have to start somewhere, not embarrassing at all! Your sides sound fabulous, you did good girl! As far as portions, I never really worry about that, I just throw enough on a plate for the person whose plate I am fixing. If they want more they can always go back for seconds!!

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