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
  • WW
    1 Smart
    Points
  • 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

We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes. Check out our oven temperature conversion guide.

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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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108 comments

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AphroditeSaturday 10th February 2018

Surprised with this one cos I don’t drink cola but my son and i loved it! With the spring onions added mange tout and the raw red peppers sliced on top but raw as it was served. Thanks!

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Finola mcintyreWednesday 7th February 2018

Just making this now and oh my… the sneaky taste I’ve had makes me believe it weight even reach the plate. Love it and this is something I would never have ordered. Thank you pon… I’ve never loved cook in so much. X

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DanielleTuesday 6th February 2018

Hi!… Do you think this could be cooked in the slow cooker? If so what adaptions/timings would you do? Thanks 🙂

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Seamus McLaughlinSaturday 3rd February 2018

Made this with Quorn mince, very tasty…

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Tina WillsTuesday 30th January 2018

Just thought i’d send this thank you as this recipe is amazing! Hubby can be a bit picky when it comes to peppers but his only comment was ‘very nice but would be better with chicken thighs’ so…… next time I cook this it will be with skinless boneless chicken thighs.
Thanks again and keep the recipes rolling xx

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Heather ScottMonday 29th January 2018

Thank you. Was lovely.

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Amanda PorterSunday 28th January 2018

Would it be possible to cook this in an Actifry? If so what do you suggest the method would be. Thank you ????

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MariaSaturday 27th January 2018

I absolutely love this it’s the only time I have eaten veg thank you

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H ScottWednesday 24th January 2018

Hi excuse my ignorance but when it says 1/2 chicken stock cube do you make up the stock cube as per packet instruction and then half the amount?

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SarahWednesday 24th January 2018

Hi,can I ask a question please, do you mix the stock and stock pot with water or just put the stock pot in as it is and crumble the stock in? I made this once before and it wouldn’t thicken. Thank you

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AislingFriday 19th January 2018

Just devoured this!!amazing:)thanks for the step by step so easy to follow!????

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DanielleSaturday 13th January 2018

This was absolutely amazing!!!! Far better than any takeaway.
Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

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Christine RichardsonMonday 1st January 2018

I have made this several times now, the last time with ginger Pepsi max. Every time a winner! Thank you pon so much.

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JulieTuesday 28th November 2017

Can i do this in the slowcooker and how long do i cook for please

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JoThursday 23rd November 2017

Made this tonight, it’s delicious! All the family loved it! We will definitely be having this again

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LyndaTuesday 24th October 2017

Just made this and it was Mega! Really delicious. Not a fan of chinese and in particular sweet dishes but the sweetness of this was light enough that i really enjoyed it. Thanks a million for the recipe!

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LinSaturday 30th September 2017

Thank you for another great recipe, this was amazing. I did use carrot batons instead of the corn

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SharonMonday 18th September 2017

Wow amazing – used ginger Pepsi max

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RachelradiostarSaturday 16th September 2017

Made double quantity for the first time tonight! Took me ages prepping all the ingredients but so worth it! Got four lovely portions left for my freezer. NOM

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Jackie MOYSEFriday 15th September 2017

Had this today it’s amazing thank you

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Tracy RobertsThursday 14th September 2017

Made this late night and it was amazing. Hubby doesn’t like baby corn, so replaced it with carrot. Loved the flavours, tasted like Chinese takeaway. Will definitely make again.

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Jacqueline WilliamsTuesday 12th September 2017

This looks lovely. Would I be able to make it in the instant pot

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SharonSunday 10th September 2017

Hi, I am not a cook but want to try this recipe in the slow cooker, can it be done or would it not work please? X

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    Emma TSunday 10th September 2017

    Hi Sharon,

    The sauce may need reducing to thicken if cooking this in a slow cooker. It’s quite a quick recipe when made on the stove, less than 30 minutes, so it might be better to stick with the method in the recipe ????

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Miranda HolmanTuesday 5th September 2017

Loving this website, so easy to use and fantastic recipes too.

Just made the diet coke chicken, it was delicious, so filling I couldn’t eat it all LOL

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    Emma TSunday 10th September 2017

    Hi Miranda,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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MaureenSunday 3rd September 2017

One of my new favourite recipes. Yum.

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Maureen,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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KateSaturday 2nd September 2017

Well that was rather lovely! Have just cooked enough for four and could quite easily have eaten the lot! Have put the rest in the freezer out of harms way. So quick, so easy, so tasty!

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Kate,

    So glad you enjoyed it ????

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LesleyThursday 31st August 2017

Really good made it tonight.

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Helen ShawcrossThursday 31st August 2017

Omg have made this ready for tea and it’s SO good ???? I had to cook it for a little longer as my pan isn’t as wide, but it’s delicious.

Thank you PON for all your hard work x

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    KayThursday 31st August 2017

    Hi Helen,

    That’s a really good point about your pan, I’ll add it to the blurb.

    Many thanks for finding the time to comment ???? Hope you enjoy your tea!

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CarolineThursday 31st August 2017

I can’t have Worcester sauce and usually replace this with either balsamic vinegar or soy sauce in recipes. As you already use these is there an alternative or would you just increase one or both of the others? Thanks

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    KayThursday 31st August 2017

    You can increase which ever you like. Have you heard of Henderson’s Relish? It’s a veggie version of Worcestershire Sauce and it’s amazing imo

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KirstenThursday 31st August 2017

Omg made this yesterday and it’s amazing! Thanks for such fab recipes pinch of nom

Love Kirsten xx

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    KayThursday 31st August 2017

    We’re SO glad you liked it Kirsten ???? You’re very welcome!

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    MarySaturday 4th November 2017

    I’m gonna try it with left over cooked chicken and I buy a jar of garlic and ginger chopped together that fab. Can’t wait to taste it

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