Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken

I heard first about Coca-Cola chicken from a director at a children's camp. I was surprised to learn that this is a popular method of preparing chicken over the campfire. Simply arrange the chicken breasts in oiled Dutch oven, mix coca cola, ketchup, and spices, and pour over chicken. Cover and cook over hot coals for 60-70 minutes until chicken is no longer pink. Not being a big camper myself, I opted to prepare this in my slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken
recipe adapted from Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, chopped
1 ½ cups ketchup
½ teaspoon celery salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper, to taste
12 ounce can Coca-Cola

Place the chicken in bottom of a large slow cooker. Whisk together the ketchup, celery seed, garlic, onion powder, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Pour in the Coca-Cola; whisk gently to combine. Pour mixture over the chicken. Turn the slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours. Remove the chicken and shred the meat with 2 forks; return to the slow cooker to keep warm. To soak up any extra liquid, you can turn the slow cooker to high for a few minutes after shredding the meat.