Some of the best recipes come from happy accidents. This Dr. Pepper Baked Chicken is one of those times!
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.
How to Bake Chicken
There are so many different ways to bake chicken. It is my favorite way to prepare chicken because there are tons of recipes to try. A few of my favorites:
If you’re wanting to bake it quicker, you can crank up the heat. Note: one time I did this and my beloved Pyrex dish shattered everywhere in the oven. SO sad! I’m noting this so that you make sure whatever dish you use, it’s oven safe at a high temperature.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 and pound your chicken to make sure that it’s even and will cook evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (I often use garlic salt too), drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Pull it out of the oven and cover with tin foil to trap in the juice and moisture. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then cut it up or shred it. I love using the paddle attachment with my Kitchen Aid to shred chicken and use throughout the week for various dishes. This way of baking chicken quickly is perfect for that!>
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:
Dr Pepper Chicken Recipe
Dr. Pepper Chicken
- 4-6 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
- 1/2 c Dr. Pepper
- 1/2 c barbecue sauce
- 1/2 c ketchup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Salt and pepper chicken and arrange in a 13 x 9 baking dish.
- Mix together 1/2 cup of Dr. Pepper, 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup of ketchup.
- Pour it over the chicken.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 1 hour.
- Serve with rice.