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.
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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
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.
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.
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‘Just delicious. I love to make it with zero Fanta and it is just like sweet and sour. My son also eats it every time!’
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.
Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat gently.
Add the chicken, sprinkle with the 5 spice and season. Stir and cook until the chicken has started to brown.
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.
Cook until they start to soften.
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.
Stir in the half a stock cube and the stock pot and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
When the sauce has started to thicken and go a bit syrupy, return the chicken to the pan and stir in the spring onions.
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.
What 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:
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.
- KCals 217
- Carbs 13G
- Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and heat gently
- Add the chicken, sprinkle with the 5 spice and season. Stir and cook until the chicken has started to brown
- 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
- Cook until they start to soften
- Add peppers, baby corn, tomato puree, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Stir then add the Coke/Pepsi. Stir and bring to the boil.
- Stir in the half a stock cube and the stock pot and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes
- When the sauce has started to thicken and go a bit syrupy, return the chicken to the pan and stir in the spring onions
- 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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TracySunday 5th February 2023
Made this for the first time today and it was delicious! Don’t know why I hadn’t tried it before
HollyMonday 13th February 2023
Hi Tracy, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!
Rachel HaywardWednesday 26th October 2022
I really want to try this recipe using my slow cooker. Can I chuck everything in together and how long do I cook it for.
Wanting to use pinch of nom recipes in slow cooker so ready for when I get home from work.
HollyThursday 27th October 2022
Hey Rachel, we have a slow cooker conversion guide HERE which you may find helpful! We also have a collection of slow cooker recipes that you may also like to try HERE, hope that helps!
AlisonTuesday 11th October 2022
Can anyone suggest a replacement for tomato paste? I have an intolerance to tomato 😔
SharonWednesday 19th October 2022
Hi Alison, there isn’t really a non-tomato based ingredient you can substitute the tomato puree with, it’s an ingredient that’s needed in the sauce. We have some other similar chicken recipes without tomato puree that you might like instead: Chinese Chicken and Broccoli, Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion and Fakeaway Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce. Do hope you find one you can enjoy!
AlexMonday 26th September 2022
How would you cook this in a slow cooker?
HollyWednesday 28th September 2022
Hi Alex, we have a really helpful article HERE for slow cooker conversions which includes a temperature and timings guide!
KarenSaturday 27th August 2022
Can I cook this in an instant pot?
HollyTuesday 30th August 2022
Hey Karen, this recipe should be okay in the Instant Pot, we have a guide HERE which helps with converting recipes to the Instant Pot, hope that helps!
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