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Memorial Day BBQ Chicken

As Memorial Day approaches, it brings with it the promise of warm weather, outdoor gatherings, and delicious barbecues. This holiday is a time to honor and remember those who have sacrificed for their country, and it’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. One way to add a unique twist to your Memorial Day barbecue is by incorporating a Coca-Cola product into your grilling recipe. The effervescence and flavors of Coke can enhance marinades, glazes, and sauces, adding depth and sweetness to your grilled dishes. Here’s a delicious recipe for Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken that’s sure to be a hit at your Memorial Day celebration!


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil (for grilling)


Prepare the marinade

In a mixing bowl, combine the Coca-Cola, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined.

Marinate the chicken

Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it is well coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight for best flavor). Reserve ½ cup of the marinade for basting.

Preheat the grill

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking.

Grill the chicken

Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the excess marinade. Grill the chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).

Baste with reserved marinade

During the last few minutes of grilling, brush the chicken with some of the reserved marinade for added flavor and moisture.

Serve and enjoy

Once cooked, remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve your Coca-Cola BBQ Chicken hot with your favorite sides like grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, or a fresh salad.

This recipe combines the classic flavors of barbecue sauce with the sweet and tangy notes of Coca-Cola, resulting in tender and flavorful chicken that’s perfect for any summer gathering. Don’t be surprised if this dish becomes a new favorite among your friends and family—it’s a delicious way to kick off the summer grilling season!