Introduction to this recipe
Discover the ultimate weeknight culinary sensation with our Diet Cola / Pepsi Max Chicken – a scrumptious dish that effortlessly marries the richness of succulent chicken pieces with a symphony of colorful vegetables, all enveloped in a delectable sugar-free sweet and sour sauce. This low-calorie marvel is a breeze to prepare, making it the perfect solution for busy family evenings. The magic unfolds in a large skillet, where a combination of wholesome ingredients transforms into a culinary masterpiece.
Key Ingredients for Diet Cola Infused Chicken Delight:
- Low-calorie cooking oil spray
- Whole chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- Diced onions for enhanced flavor
- Garlic cloves to add complexity
- Diet Cola® or Pepsi Max (the secret ingredient)
- Assorted vegetables (orange, yellow, and red bell peppers, mushrooms)
- Spices (smoked paprika, ground ginger, salt, and black pepper)
- Stock (chicken broth preferred)
- Passata for an intense tomato base
- Tomato purée to thicken the sauce
- Worcestershire sauce or balsamic vinegar for a tangy twist
- Soy sauce to balance sweetness
Instructions for Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken
- Heat a large lidded frying pan and apply a coat of nonstick cooking spray.
- Sauté chicken, onions, peppers, and garlic until browned or tender.
- Add passata, tomato purée, and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, stir, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes.
- Uncover and continue cooking for 7-10 minutes until thickened.
- Serve over white or brown rice and relish the culinary perfection.
Substitutions for Diet Cola / Pepsi Max Chicken
- Vegetarian option: Substitute chicken with Quorn pieces and vegetable stock.
- Gluten-free: Ensure soy sauce, stocks, and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free.
- Meat variation: Experiment with other meats, such as in a Diet Cola Pork recipe.
Variations to Elevate the Flavor:
- Spicy Twist: Add chili flakes and cayenne pepper for a fiery kick.
- Deluxe Indulgence: Squeeze lime juice, sprinkle coriander, and top with sliced spring onions.
- Kid-Friendly Fun: Involve kids in the cooking process and let them enjoy the magic of a cola-infused dish.
Storage Recommendations for Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken
Perfect for meal prepping! Cool leftovers to room temperature, store in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating Pro Tips:
Reheat in a large baking dish covered with foil in the oven until piping hot, or use a saucepan or microwave.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What fizzy drinks can I use?
Any diet or sugar-free soda works. Even Diet Fanta Orange is Syn Free for Weight Watchers.
Can I make it in an Instant Pot?
For an Instant Pot version, use half the passata and coke, then pressure cook for 10 minutes.
How do I cook diet cola chicken in the slow cooker?
Use half a can of coke and passata, then slow cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.