Diet Coke Chicken

I used to make diet coke chicken quite often when I was doing the Weight Watchers diet a few years back. The original recipe requires ketchup, but to make it as low syn as possible. I substituted the ketchup for passata. I think it worked quite well.


Diet Coke Chicken

Slimming Eats Recipe

Serves 2

Extra Easy – syn free per serving

Original – syn free per serving


6 Chicken Drumsticks (skin and visible fat removed)

1 can of diet coke

5 tablespoons of passata

splash of Worcestershire sauce

Salt to season

Frylight or Pam spray


Preheat oven to 200c of 400f

Place the chicken drumsticks in a oven proof dish, sprinkle with some salt and sprayu with some Frylight or Pam spray

Pour the can of diet coke in a frying pan and put on a high heat.

Add the passata and Worcestershire sauce

Keep on high heat and continuously stir.

As the coke begins to reduce it will start to go sticky. This is what makes a great barbecue marinade.

Once it is to it’s sticky form. Remove chicken drumsticks from the oven and pour sauce over the chicken and place then back in the oven until chicken is cooked.

Take out a few times through the cooking process and with a spoon baste the chicken drumsticks with the sauce.

A lovely barbecue chicken recipe with NO SYNS. You can use this sauce on ribs, beef, pork whatever takes your fancy.

The diet coke can be substituted for a non diet brand, but will then add syns to the recipe.

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  • Tracy

    Hiya – your SW chips look gorgeous – do you do anything different to them ?



  • britmumincanada

    hey, I think the type of potatoes I have been buying help, as they are really sweet and yummy tasting. They are called Yellow Golds, not sure if you can get them in the UK, but they don’t come in huge potatoes, more a medium size and look kind of like large new potatoes.

    I parboil them for about 10 mins. Then drain off the water and put them back on the hob, just to dry off any remaining water. Literaly a couple of seconds.

    Preheat the oven to 200c or 400f.

    Spray a baking tray with non stick spray and spread the chips out on the tray. Sprinkle with some salt over the top (I think this is one of the things that really helps crisp them up and you don’t need to add any more salt to them afterwards). Then spray some non stick spray over the top of them and bake in the oven. Make sure you turn them regularly.


  • Tracy

    Thanks for that – think I might have to indulge over the weekend and get the little ones to help – they will love the idea of the coke chicken !!

  • Emma

    Thanks for this website, there’s so many gorgeous ideas!

    About this recipe, do you use brand name Coca Cola or the cheapy stuff? I just tried to make it now and the sauce didn’t seen to be going sticky. It’s in the oven now, so hopefully it will be fine!

  • admin

    Yes I used brand Diet Coca Cola :)

  • sallyann

    just made this it was great all the family loved it thanks for putting it on this site

  • jayne

    tried this and loved it! only had it as a snack incase no one liked it but i loved it! will have it with SW chips next time and am deffo gonna stick em on a barbie!

  • marisa

    Going to have ago at the coke chicken tonight! Luv it x

  • kaye

    just had diet coke chicken with basmati rice mixed with mixed veg. followed by skinny trifle. delicious. dont feel like im on a diet !

  • Brenda

    Going to try this out with Quorn fillets for my veggie son I’ll let you know whether it works or he likes it haha

  • Ian Hartwell

    This was brilliant, the only problem i had was the sauce sticking and burning to the tray, might try using foil next time (saying that i just noticed i should have used a dish… whoppps!)

  • Anonymous

    couldn’t get this sauce to go sticky. What am I doing wrong?

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t get this to go sticky. What am I doing wrong?

  • Anonymous

    which brand of diet coke did you use?

    did you cook the sauce on a high heat on it’s own until it reduces down? This is when it starts to thicken and go sticky and you can then add to your chicken etc as a marinade.

  • BeeBee Cavendish

    I love this recipe, for my version though I add peppers, onion, worcestershire sauce and chinese 5 spice to the diet coke before reducing

  • Gordon Thomas Copeland

    excellent idea

  • Gordon Thomas Copeland

    excellent idea

  • anabolic steroids blog

    i love the flavour coke marinade gives to meat


  • Emma Price

    Absolutely gorgeous! Very weird though, it was watery for ages and then suddenly just reduced! Lovely sweet BBQ sauce.

  • Zoe England

    am making this tonight , never had it before 

  • Marion Dawson

    How long do you cook the legs for before you add the sauce

  • slimadmin

    about 15 mins, as soon as your sauce has thickened add it to the drumsticks.

  • Steph

    Diet Irn Bru works as well instead of cola – tastes a bit like Sweet n Sour!