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Dr Pepper Sticky Chicken with a Bite

Spicy baked sticky chicken recipe made unique with the great flavor of Dr Pepper. Marinating over night makes it butter tender and infused with flavor.
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 servings
Author Marye Audet-White



  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Salt and pepper


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoonfuls of minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon powdered (or both if you like garlic!)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoonfuls toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper (not sugar free)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder


  • Add the sesame oil to a saute pan and heat it until it ripples.
  • Saute garlic, onion, and pepper for 5 minutes or so. Just until soft. Don't saute garlic powder.
  • Add the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer until it reduces, about 10 minutes or so.
  • Cool the sauce.
  • Put the chicken in a zipper storage bag and add 1 cup of the cooled sauce. Refrigerate the rest of the sauce in a tightly covered container.
  • Marinate overnight.

To Bake in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Spray a glass casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray, or oil generously.
  • Place chicken in dish. Discard used marinade.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Brush chicken with the remaining marinade.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 160F. Brush with the marinade often.
  • Let stand about five minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker

  • You can forgo the overnight marinating.
  • Place the sauce and the chicken in a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Serve.