Dr. Pepper Chicken

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I had some left over Dr Pepper (???) and had to put it to good use.  Remember, given enough Dr. Pepper I could rule the world…..so  I made the easiest main dish ever- a chicken recipe- and my family loved it.  They’ve been asking for Dr. Pepper Chicken ever since.  I’ve tried different variations of Dr. Pepper Chicken but I didn’t add as much Dr. Pepper and combined ketchup and barbecue sauce because it was thicker and tastier.  Here’s my take:

Chicken recipe

Dr Pepper Chicken
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 4 -6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ c. Dr. Pepper
  • ½ c. barbecue sauce
  • ½ c. ketchup
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Salt and pepper chicken and arrange in a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  2. Mix together ½ cup of Dr. Pepper, ½ cup of barbecue sauce and ½ cup of ketchup.
  3. Pour it over the chicken. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 1 hour.
  4. Serve with rice.

Looking for other main dish ideas?  Here are some of our family favorites:
Salsa Chicken
Mom’s Chicken Enchiladas
Cheesy Asparagus Chicken
Butter Chicken
Taco Bake


  1. Melissa says

    I was wondering what kind of BBQ sauce everyone is using? Or will just any BBQ sauce do. If you do put it in the crock-pot, how long do you let it cook? It sounds so good, I can’t wait to try it. May have to try it with a few different BBQ sauces! LOL

    • Stephanie says

      You can put it in the crock pot on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 6-8. This is a general rule for chicken in the crock pot.

  2. Bruce H says

    Wow!! We do Pepsi Roast at our house in the crock and now Dr. Pepper Chicken. Can’t wait to try! DON’T use diet. The aspartame changes when it is heated over a certain degree and then becomes a different chemical. It’s the real sugar that carmelizes that’s part of the great flavor!

  3. says

    I want to try this Dr . Pepper chicken but I was wondering how would it turn out if I put it in the crook pot? Would it still turn out the same or no?

  4. says

    This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  5. olivia says

    Making it tonight!! In the oven n it smells amazing!! My son an my boyfriend can’t wait til its done!! Thank u for the idea!!

  6. Jessica says

    My friend made sure I sawthe recipe on Pinterest since I’m a DP addict. I made it today & really enjoyed it. After it baked as directed I shredded the chicken so it could soak up all the sauce. Excellent summertime sandwich!

  7. Stephanie says

    I’m a beginner cook and I thought there was no way I could screw this up. It was so good! I only did two chicken breasts and cut the ingredients down. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Judith Dembowski says

    Can this work with just Dr Pepper, no sugar or starch? I have NASH and I can’t eat sugars or starches (they caused it in the first place) so I was thinking maybe marinade the meat in DP and salt and pepper then grill or bake. Sounds so good, think I’ll try it and see what happens. ( no diet DP, it is bad for the liver even if there is no liver disease). Hope I’m not the last Texan to learn about this!

  9. Richard Holder says

    I have not tried this recipebut i have used actual Dr Pepper BBQ sauce on burgers and ckicken.

  10. Emily Mac says

    This is a great recipe! So easy! I made it for dinner last night and my three guests ate it up.

  11. Karla says

    I threw this in the crock pot one day and cooked for 4-5 hours and it was super yummy!

  12. Vicki says

    This is a really good. I have done this for a long time. It is also good on ribs, Pork Chops and in a sauce to put over Meat Loaf. For Meat Loaf it is very simple. Make your meat loaf like you like to make it. Then for topping use half a can of Dr. Pepper. Half 1/4 cup Ketchup 1/4 cup of Barba Q sauce two Tsp of Brown Sugar and one half of not jelly but whole Cranberry sauce in can. Mix and coat Meat Loaf. Telling you it is awesome.

  13. Nicole says

    This is in the Fridge,ready to go in the oven when we get home tonight. This and a salad man is it dinner time yet.

  14. Rebecca says

    I love to braise beef roasts in Dr Pepper, add a little tomato sauce, garlic, onion, and chipolte if you like spicy

  15. says

    I love Dr. Pepper in small doses. I always wind up throwing half of the can away. What a great recipe and way for me to use the leftovers up. Thanks!!!