Coca-Cola® BBQ Chicken Kabobs

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on April 22, 2012

There’s just something about Spring that screams “grill me!” The charcoal aroma fills the air, traveling through the neighborhood, attracting people from blocks away. You can see them take a deep breath, sigh, and then quickly change their dinner plans to something grilled. It doesn’t matter what it is, it just has to be grilled.

Coca-Cola® BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Spring and Summer also means BBQ sauce, especially when chicken is the main course. It’s an unwritten rule in our house that if there is chicken on the grill, there better be BBQ sauce to go with it. If it’s homemade BBQ sauce, you get extra brownie points and probably an extra brownie, or two.

Hubs has tried often to create his own BBQ sauce. He was rather obsessed with it for a while. There were a few unfortunate combinations that tasted like anything but BBQ sauce. Sadly, those were so inedible that they had to be thrown away. You know it’s bad when Hubs throws away food, because he is known for eating anything.


He’s also a had a few successes, but I don’t think that he ever found just the right combination of flavors to satisfy his BBQ sauce-tooth. Kind of like my sweet tooth, it’s never completely satisfied.

When I was challenged to test one of the recipes on the new Coke with Meals, featuring chef Ingrid Hoffmann and chef G. Garvin, I sent Hubs a few choices, knowing exactly what he would pick. Something with BBQ sauce. I mentioned that he’s obsessed with it, right? He choose Coca-Cola® BBQ Wings, and then I twisted it up a little.

Coca-Cola® BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Coca-Cola® BBQ Chicken Kabobs

You see, I’m just not a fan of chicken wings. They are messy. Greasy. And they just leave me feeling heavy. Not my kind of a meal. Using Spring as my inspiration, I decided to adapt the recipe for chicken kabobs. Because who doesn’t like food on a stick?

No one, that’s who. No one doesn’t like food on a stick.

When Hubs tasted this lovely summer-time BBQ sauce, sweetened with Coca-Cola, orange juice, brown sugar and molasses, I think he fell in love. And it was easy. Oh so easy. Which makes me love it even more.

Grilling. BBQ sauce. Coke (diet Coke for me…mmmmmmm). Doesn’t that just scream Spring to you?

Coca-Cola® BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Coca-Cola® BBQ Chicken Kabobs

A soon-to-be summer favorite, grilled chicken kabobs and an easy homemade BBQ sauce featuring Coke.


    Coca-Coa BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Coca-Cola (not diet)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Chicken Kabobs
  • 2-3 pounds skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, or your favorite seasonings, to taste
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water


    Coca-Coa BBQ Sauce
  1. In a medium pan over medium heat, cook the olive oil, jalapeno and garlic until softened. The garlic will brown lightly.
  2. Remove pan from heat, stir in ketchup, chicken broth, orange juice, molasses and Coca-Cola. Stir until well combined.
  3. Add in brown sugar, liquid smoke, sea salt and paprika. Stir and let cool.
  4. Chicken Kabobs
  5. Slice the chicken breasts into 2" wide pieces. Thread onto pre-soaked skewers, 2-3 pieces each.
  6. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  7. Grill the chicken for 12-15 minutes, turing once, or until no longer pink.
  8. Brush Coca-Coa BBQ Sauce over the cooked chicken.
  9. Serve with a extra Coca-Coa BBQ Sauce and your favorite fries.


Inspired by Cooking with Coke

For more Coca-Cola-inspired meals check out all of the recipes on Coke with Meals, including recipes from featured chefs and the Coke with Meals community.

Compensation was provided by Coca-Cola, but Coca-Cola is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this pin/post. All opinions expressed are my own and not those of Coca-Cola.

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1 TheKitchenWitch April 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

Cooking with soda pop is such a southern thing. This looks mouthwatering!

2 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

I am in love with Coca-Cola BBQ sauce! I did mine just a tad different, but it’s probably the best BBQ sauce ever! Love this!

3 Allison @ Alli 'n Son April 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I saw yours! Loved your version. It’s such a good sauce.

4 Kitchen Belleicious April 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

too good to be true- coke and chicken? NOM

5 Jocelyn April 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

Now that sounds like a great BBQ sauce…I can see why he fell in love with it!!! I usually get the bottled stuff but this is actually making me want to try making my own! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

6 Amber April 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

This Look so yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

7 Jane Anne April 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I am just getting ready to make my grocery list and this looks perfect for this weekend. We love grilling this time of year! Can’t wait to try these out.

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8 last minute belek April 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

I`ve tried this recipe and i`m really impressed, it has a very good taste. My both child tried it and they like it a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

9 Miz Helen April 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Alli,
Your Chicken looks awesome it’s a great recipe. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

10 Michelle April 28, 2012 at 2:16 am


I followed you over from Chic & Crafty Link Party and this sounds delicious!

I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Runs through Monday each week)

Have a great day,

11 Miz Helen May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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