Cherry Coke Chicken

"No, I'm not kidding, and I'm neither on crack nor cracking up. This is darn tasty chicken, easy enough for a weeknight and pretty enough for company. Just be sure you throw away the tell-tale Coke can so they won't know about your secret ingredient."
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  • In a bowl, mix the flour, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Butterfly the chicken breasts and pound them to about 1/2" thickness.
  • Dredge them lightly in the flour mixture.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the onions in the olive oil until soft.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until browned on one side, about 4 minutes.
  • Turn chicken and brown the other side for a few minutes more.
  • Add the Coke, cherries, garlic and balsamic vinegar.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • Dissolve corn starch in water, then add to sauce mixture, and simmer until sauce is thickened and glossy.
  • Pour over chicken and serve.

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  1. Leta8076
    A delicious way to prepare chicken breasts. The sauce thickens as it simmers, making a wonderful glaze. I used the chicken broth and coke combination. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
  2. Pianolady
    My oh my oh my! I cannot say enough good about this recipe. My husband's first words were "out of this world". This was indeed delicious, and so easy to boot! I used Pepsi as I am not a big Coke fan, and it turned out just fantstic. This goes into the keeper book for sure. Thanks so much Moxie for this fabulous recipe!!
  3. Tapout
    This was good. Next time I will just fry the chicken and keep it warm rather than simmer it in the coke. It came out tasting kinda like microwaved or boiled chicken. The sauce was really good. The cherries were great. Like I said next time I will fry or grill the chicken and then just pour the sauce over it. Thanks for a great conversation starting recipe. Most people I told about this just said..."What?"
  4. Merlot
    Who would have ever thought to use Coke. What a great sauce!!! It's such a nice change-of-pace chicken dinner and one that everyone will enjoy. The chicken turned out moist and tender. A real winner, Mooseybear.
  5. Chef PotPie
    Mmmmmm! Picky daughter was first to the table and was giving me the thumbs up before her Dad and I made it to the table! Now THAT'S a great review! I didn't butterfly the breasts, just pounded them to 1/2" thickness. We did think it needed a bit more salt. Daughter said, "Put the knife away, Mom, this doesn't need it, it's soooo tender!" Very tender and very moist. Great recipe, definitely a keeper. Thanks!


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