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

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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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Carol DavisThursday 29th August 2019

Can I do this recipe in a slow cooker please looks amazing

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Carol,

    This recipe isn’t really suitable for slow cooking as the sauce needs to reduce ????

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LiliThursday 25th July 2019

Hi, could i use tomato passata if I don’t have a purée?

Thanks 🙂

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    Emma TWednesday 25th September 2019

    Hi Lili,

    Tomato passata isn’t really concentrated enough and you would need a lot of it to get the flavour you need which would make the sauce too runny ????

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EmmaSaturday 30th March 2019

Hi POC thankyou so much for this recipe, I made it this evening, it’s was lush and have now purchased your book, xxx

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    Emma TSunday 7th April 2019

    So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you ????

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LauraTuesday 19th March 2019

Literally one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Doesn’t taste “healthy” at all but I love love loved it!!!

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GillyTuesday 26th February 2019

I made this the other night. Loved it! So easy to make and tasty. Even with a fussy eater in the house it went down very well. Cant wait to try more.

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PerrySunday 24th February 2019

This is a firm favourite in my house even my 4yr old loves it. I’ve added water chestnuts, broccoli florets and bean sprouts which bulks it out a lot. Thanks for the recipe

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Becca TalbotSaturday 23rd February 2019

I don’t think I could make this recipe myself, as I do not like oranges one bit – but maybe I could change the Fanta for something else? Like Sparkling Rubicon mango or something? X

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JaneFriday 8th February 2019

Love this recipe. Thank you. Thinking of doing it with pork instead of chicken? Have you tried it ?

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Demi MulliganWednesday 6th February 2019

Hi I was just wondering does it have to be avocado fry light or can I use fry light virgin olive oil? Thank you in advance?

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Victoria RichesSunday 13th January 2019

Made this many times thanks for a great recipe. I’ve just purchased a pressure king pro was wondering if could make it in there? Thanks

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ZoeSaturday 12th January 2019

Absolutely amazing love this recipe – thank you

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LottieThursday 13th December 2018

Has anyone tried cooking this in the slow cooker?

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Sarah McCarthyTuesday 20th November 2018

Hi, just wondering how much water do i add to the stock cube and how much water do i add to the stock pot?

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Lorraine RigbyMonday 1st October 2018

Hi there I’m attempting this dish this evening 🙂 I have big eaters and feel 2 chicken breast won’t be enough can I just use 4 ? Also then would I have to double up on the ingredients? Many thx

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RuthTuesday 11th September 2018

I have run out of stock pots and wanted to make this tonight – can I just add more chicken stick cube to compensate?

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Geraint DaviesThursday 23rd August 2018

I am making this tomorrow can you add more vegetables if you want, I am making two, one for me and one for my girlfriend as she doesn’t like the spicy food

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GeraldineSaturday 18th August 2018

Lovely! And a real change for me. When you give the calories is rice included or do I add it separately? Many thamks.

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Clare WhiteWednesday 8th August 2018

Can I make this in the instant pot?

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LeanneMonday 9th July 2018

How long will this keep in the fridge? Many thanks.

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Jazmin LeeThursday 31st May 2018

Cooked this for tea last night, it had an odd taste to it i think i will adjust the method as i think the baby corn absorbs the spices and not in a good way.
I have to say though when i too those out the flavour was awsome. the whole family ate it i’ll definately cook this again and possible freeze for lunch times.

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NormanTuesday 24th April 2018

Just had this for tea with partner Carol think I over cooked ved but turn out very nice would make again .try it

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CazWednesday 21st March 2018

Do i need to use whole garlic and ginger or could i use a puree tubes instead?
Thank you

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NicholaSaturday 17th March 2018

Fab thank you

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NicholaSaturday 17th March 2018

I dont have any stock pots in, could I just use another stock cube?
Thanks

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Victoria SturgessThursday 15th March 2018

oh…..my…days….
I made this last night, its absolutely gorgeous. My fave now.

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Theresa GallagherWednesday 14th March 2018

Tried this tonight but changed the cola for Fanta it tasted like sweet and sour a great fakeaway but needs tweaking..Love the recipe. Your recipes are great will never go to the take away again!

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Lydia RiceFriday 23rd February 2018

This was so so tasty!! I added mangetout and as i didn’t have any ginger in i used half pepsi max and half ginger beer. Really helped with that firey taste. Turned out lovely. Thankyou so much!

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LornaTuesday 20th February 2018

Tried this recipe tonight – very easy to prepare and delicious! Thank you.

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Mary WoolleyMonday 19th February 2018

Hi there
Looking forward to trying this. Just wondering if I could do this in the slow cooker?
Thanks

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    Mary WoolleyMonday 19th February 2018

    Ooops just read ^^
    Thanks

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SarahTuesday 13th February 2018

Had this a few times now and loved it every time, just to change things up a bit could I use diet Fanta instead of Pepsi max? If so would I need to change any of the other ingredients? Thanks x

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