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Diet-Coke Chicken

by Jack Monroe from A Girl Called Jack

A really simple way to change up your usual chicken recipe. This delicious Diet Coke chicken from Jack Monroe is perfect alongside cous cous or skin-on chips.


You don’t have to use Diet Coke to make this barbecue sauce – regular ‘full-fat’ Coke will work just fine too. I use supermarket own-brand cola, so feel free to use any brand you like or have to hand. Serve this sticky deliciousness with rice, chips, couscous or another carbohydrate of your choice to soak up the sauce.

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2 tbsp oil
4 chicken thighs or 6 drumsticks
1 x 330ml can of Diet Coke
1 x 400g carton or tin of chopped tomatoes
½ tsp English, Dijon or wholegrain mustard
A few sprigs of fresh parsley, to serve


Put the oil into a saucepan and pop the chicken in skin side down on a medium heat to brown for 10 minutes, turning halfway through to seal the other side. Then pour the Diet Coke over the chicken and crank up to a high heat to bring to the boil. Boil vigorously for a few minutes.

Pour over the chopped tomatoes, add the mustard, reduce the heat to medium and stir well to mix the sauce. Cook for 30 minutes on a low to medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent the sauce from burning.

When the chicken is cooked through, remove from the heat. Serve with lashings of the sweet, sticky sauce and some parsley sprinkled over.


Replace the cola with a fizzy orange drink or natural orange juice for a sweet, fruity sauce similar to sweet and sour.

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