Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken

  • 10MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 217KCAL

This slimming friendly sweet and sticky dish is an easy dinner whether you're counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories217
  • Carbs13g
  • Protein17g
  • Fat4g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars5g

Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of 

Believe it or not, you can do much more than just drinking Pepsi Max and Diet Coke!

Our Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken is quick, tasty and mega easy to throw together after a long day at work. The last thing you want to be doing it slaving over a hot stove for hours on end. There are a lot of variations of “Diet Coke Chicken” online, some of which are a little peculiar. Most of them use… surprise, surprise Diet Coke!

We prefer to use Pepsi Max as we think it thickens better than Diet Coke. You could even use the Pepsi Max Ginger for a more concentrated ginger taste. We’ve packed this dish with tons of veggies, but feel free to swap out any you don’t fancy; the beauty of this dish is its versatility, so chuck your leftovers in if you like.

What diets is this Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken suitable for?

This Pepsi Max / Diet Coke Chicken recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock cubes/pots
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar

You can also enjoy this Pepsi Max / Diet Coke Chicken if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Pepsi Max / Diet Coke Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 0 Point per portion of this Pepsi Max / Diet Coke Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Pepsi Max / Diet Coke Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

At just 1 Smart Point per portion, you’ll feel like you’re eating a real treat, without all the extra points of a takeaway version. This doesn’t include any accompaniments so remember to factor that in if you choose to serve it with something.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken?

You may have guessed, the Pepsi Max or Diet Coke is the key ingredient in this dish!

The 5 Spice is also key for that Chinese flavour, but it’s a common ingredient found in most spice racks. If you don’t have any it’s available everywhere, and you will find lots of Chinese recipes here at Pinch of Nom to use it in.

How many calories are in this Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken?

Takeaways are nearly always super high in calories, but this recipe is only 217 calories per portion! This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat gently.

Step 2

Add the chicken, sprinkle with the 5 spice and season. Stir and cook until the chicken has started to brown.

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Step 3

Remove the chicken from the pan, add a few more sprays of low calorie cooking spray and then fry off the onions, ginger, garlic and mushrooms.

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Step 4

Cook until they start to soften.

Step 5

Add peppers, baby corn, tomato puree, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Stir then add the Diet Coke/Pepsi. Stir and bring to the boil.

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Step 6

Stir in the half a stock cube and the stock pot and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Step 7

When the sauce has started to thicken and go a bit syrupy, return the chicken to the pan and stir in the spring onions.

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Step 8

Simmer for another 10 minutes. Check the consistency and if it’s not quite thick enough simmer for a bit longer, until the required consistency is reached.

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Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you should serve with Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken?

You could enjoy this Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken on its own, with fluffy white rice, or serve it with one of the suggestions below:

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How do you know when Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken is cooked?

The chicken will be cooked throughout. You can cut a piece in half to check that the meat is white all the way through. When the dish is ready the sauce will be thick and syrupy.

This will take approximately 25 minutes on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Diet Coke / Pepsi Max Chicken

This slimming friendly sweet and sticky dish is an easy dinner whether you're counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers and similar.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 217
  • Carbs 13G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 0 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts diced
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • sea salt
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 6 mushrooms quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1.5 cm fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar or you can use balsamic, white wine, red wine or rice vinegar, just not standard vinegar.
  • 1/2 red pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 yellow pepper cut into strips
  • 6 baby corn cut in half lengthways
  • 1 chicken stock pot
  • 1/2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 can Diet Coke or Pepsi Max
  • 5 spring onions roughly chopped
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat gently
  2. Add the chicken, sprinkle with the 5 spice and season. Stir and cook until the chicken has started to brown
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan, add a few more sprays of low calorie cooking spray then fry off the onions, ginger, garlic and mushrooms
  4. Cook until they start to soften
  5. Add peppers, baby corn, tomato puree, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Stir then add the Coke/Pepsi. Stir and bring to the boil.
  6. Stir in the half a stock cube and the stock pot and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes
  7. When the sauce has started to thicken and go a bit syrupy, return the chicken to the pan and stir in the spring onions
  8. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Check the consistency and if it's not quite thick enough simmer for a bit longer, until the required consistency is reached

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WendyMonday 16th March 2020

Hi could I do this in slow cooker

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    LisaFriday 22nd May 2020

    Hi Wendy. This recipe is better suited to being cooked in a sauce pan to allow the sauce to reduce and thicken. Hope this helps.

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MeganTuesday 21st January 2020

I really want to try this but have a very fussy other half. What does it taste like? Is there anything to compare it to?

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 20th May 2020

    Hi Megan, this is a sweet and sticky dish with Chinese style flavours from the Chinese 5 Spice powder, ginger and soy. Hope you try the recipe!

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EmmaThursday 9th January 2020

The calories stated at the top states 217… is that the sauce alone?

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    Steve CowderoyFriday 22nd May 2020

    Hi Emma, thanks for getting in touch with us. The calories are for the recipe per portion, without the rice. Hope this helps.

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Charlotte OrmeTuesday 7th January 2020

Really enjoyed this! Will deffo be cooking it again! x

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    Sharon FitzpatrickThursday 7th May 2020

    Hi Charlotte, really pleased to hear that you enjoyed this dish. Thanks for taking the time to tell us!

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