Pepsi BBQ Chicken

Several months ago my husband gave up an addiction of …. Pepsi! And, he gave it up right after my weekly shopping trip in which I brought home about 6 2-liter bottles. Now, what to do with those? My son doesn’t drink soda, I don’t drink soda, and the baby most certainly does not drink soda, so they sat in the pantry waiting for a use.

So on a mission for a chicken marinade my husband pulled one out of the pantry and dumped it in on the chicken with a few other things, and voila! Pepsi BBQ Chicken – and it was delicious.

As I was planning our menu for this upcoming week I was looking for budget friendly meals and this one was right at the very top. I had absolutely everything in my freezer and pantry to make this wonderful chicken and with a few additional ingredients we were able to make a slammin’ good dinner. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

Pepsi Chicken
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2 lbs chicken, we use boneless, skinless

3 c. Pepsi
2 tsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbl. smokey paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic
1 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. sugar

1.) Mix spices together.

2.) Add chicken to a gallon size Ziploc bag, add in Pepsi, rice vinegar and spices. Make sure chicken is covered. You can add more Pepsi if necessary.

3.) Refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours, we prefer 24 hours. Turn chicken periodically to make sure it is completely coated.

4.) Bring chicken to room temperature and use the dry rub below on the chicken.

Dry Rub

1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbl. Kosher salt
1 Tbl. garlic powder
1 Tbl. smokey paprika
1 Tbl. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder

1.) Mix the spices well. We use our Magic Bullet to blend our spices.

2.) Rub the spices on the chicken.

3.) Grill chicken for 6 to 8 minutes until the chicken is firm and the juices run clear, turning once.

This chicken is great with dill potato salad and marinated cucumbers. I will post those recipes later.

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13 Responses to Pepsi BBQ Chicken

  1. Chad says:

    This meal was soooooooo good!!!! Oh yeah, Be watching for the dill potato salad….No lie, the BEST potato salad in the world!!!!!!!

  2. Eftychia says:

    I never tried a chicken cooked with pepsi. I tried beer once and it was very tasty. I guess your recipe must be delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chris says:

    That was some goooooooooooooooooooood chicken! I only wish I had more room in my stomach, so I could have eaten more!

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  5. This recipe is definitely going on my “to try” list! I hope to be able to fit it into next weeks menu plan (or at least the next time chicken is on sale). For calorie counting purposes, I’d like to know: Does the chicken absorb all of the marinade or do you through some of it out?

    • I am glad you stopped by. The chicken does not absorb all of the marinade, we had quite a bit that we threw away. But, it makes the chicken juicy and the outside is just like a sweet bbq. I hope you guys enjoy it. It is the best loved grilled chicken at our house.

  6. Just tried this recipe, and it was a winner! The husband even said it was a keeper. I cut the recipe in half and made a pound of chicken, and it was all gone in one meal.

    • I am so glad you guys enjoyed it. I have learned to make a couple of pounds of chicken because my husband will eat it all week long, especially if I have dill potato salad to go with it.

  7. Sheryl says:

    Your recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party “Cast Party Wednesday” today and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

    • Thank you for stopping by. I went and linked up with your ‘Cast Party Wednesday.’ I will be back to check out some of the recipes. It looked like your picks for this week were delicious.

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