Syn Free Diet Coke Chicken, Slimming Eats – Weight Watchers and Slimming World Recipes

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Syn Free Diet Coke Chicken

Delicious Rich Diet Coke Chicken – a popular dish that the whole family will dig in and enjoy!!

Many many years ago, long before I ever joined Slimming World. I would regularly make this sweet tangy Diet Coke chicken. It was a popular dish when I was following the Weight Watchers plan.

The original recipe uses ketchup or sometimes even soy sauce. But is loved by many because of the tender braised pieces of chicken you get from that delicious sauce.

So when I joined Slimming World back in 2009, I just had to adapt the recipe, to reduce the syns as much as possible and make this yummy dish SYN FREE.

The easiest switch was substituting ketchup for tomato paste. I recommend tomato paste (or puree as it’s known in the UK), rather than passata because otherwise, you will end up with a sauce that doesn’t reduce down as well into the lovely thick sauce you see here.

But what if you like to avoid items that contain aspartame? Many do nowadays and most diet drinks, unfortunately, do have that as an ingredient.

So if you would rather use regular cola for this popular recipe, don’t be scared to make the switch. A can of regular cola is only approx 7 syns for a can (varies depending on which brand you use), so once divided up into a recipe that serves 4 people, that is no more than 2 syns per person, which is hardly anything.

Chicken thighs are definitely my preferred cut of chicken I like to use in this Diet Coke Chicken recipes because then stay nice and tender in this method of cooking the chicken.

By all means use chicken breast (or even pork), if that’s what you prefer, but just bear in mind the best results will be with chicken thigh as recommend for this recipe.

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This recipe also works well with some pork shoulder (any visible fat removed) in a slow cooker for a pulled pork recipe. I recommend adding in some smoked paprika for that smokey flavour.

As you are not doing the reducing down method as on the stove, If you want the sauce really thick, you can take out the pork, shred it with two forks and then add the sauce to a saucepan to reduce down to thicken.

How can I add a 1/3 speed foods to this Diet Coke Chicken?

Because we love this with my Perfect Syn Free Chips, I tend to go for a mixed salad the majority of the time as my speed foods. It’s nice and quick and pairs well with the sweet tangy sauce. But stir-fried veggies is also a great option or even some roasted vegetables, like peppers and onion.

If you would rather serve this with some rice, you could also go for this Roasted Cauliflower Rice or Egg Fried Cauliflower Rice instead for a speed packed alternative.

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What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Diet Coke Chicken?

  • Kitchen Scales
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Jug
  • Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
  • Chopping Board
  • Large Frying pan

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Syn Free Diet Coke Chicken

Ingredients

  • 8 small boneless skinless chicken thighs, raw (approx 600g/21oz)
  • 1 can of diet coke
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) of tomato paste (puree)
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (240ml) of chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper to season
  • fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • optional: add 1/4 tsp of cayenne for a bit of heat or 1/2 tbs of smoked paprika for that smokey flavour

Instructions

Stove Top:

  1. Add the coke, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder and chicken broth to a deep frying pan and whisk to combine.
  2. Place in the chicken thighs.
  3. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat slightly and allow to bubble until the sauce reduces down into a thick sauce that coats the chicken. (approx 20 mins)
  4. Season as needed with salt and black pepper
  5. Sprinkle with freshly chopped Italian parsley.
  6. Serve with your choice of sides
  7. Enjoy!!

Slow Cooker:

  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours
  3. Once cooked, carefully remove chicken with a slotted spoon
  4. Add sauce to a pan and bubble on a middle heat to reduce down to desired thickness and then pour over the chicken.
  5. Season as needed with salt and black pepper
  6. Serve with your choice of sides.
  7. Enjoy!!

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly

  • Extra Easy – Syn Free per serving (2 Syns if using regular cola)
  • Original/SP – Syn Free per serving (2 Syns if using regular cola)
  • WW Smart Points – 3 per serving (6 if using regular cola)

*Suitable for freezing

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