All three of my siblings share my extreme love for Coca-Cola (hereby known plainly as Coke). We grew up drinking it all of the time from a very early age. Surprisingly we weren't cavity ridden children with weight problems, but Coke was always a staple in our house. I can even remember when the "New" Coke recipe came out and as a family we boycotted and switched to RC Cola until they reverted back to the original formula. I think I was fairly young when this happened, so it must have been a big deal in our home in order for me to remember it.
Now that we are all a little older and wiser; and most importantly understand more about nutrition, none of us drink our fizzy favorite on a regular basis. However, we all still LOVE it and revel in its rare availability at parties or events. When I saw this recipe I thought of my soda loving siblings and knew I wanted to give it a try. I also know from this old family recipe, that Coke makes a good ingredient in basting meat. You don't have to love Coke or even like it to enjoy this recipe though. It is undetectable as far as flavor goes; I would consider it a secret ingredient in the sauce unless you don't want it to be a secret at all!
Adapted from Cooking Light September 2011
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 of a small onion; finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3/4 cup cola (such as Coca-Cola)
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 6 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- Cooking spray
Preparation1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
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.
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.
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