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Diet Coke BBQ Chicken

335ml of Diet Coke (or one can) – any brand
Chicken pieces on the bone, i.e. drumsticks and/or thighs etc. – all skin and visible fat removed
5 Tbsp of Passata
Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
Salt to season
Fry Light

Preheat oven to 200°c /400f / Gas Mark 6
After trimming off the skin and visible fat from your chicken pieces, place them in an oven dish, sprinkle salt all over them and liberally spray your fry light all over them. Place them in the oven as soon as its ready whilst you prepare your sauce.

Pour the diet coke straight into a frying pan and get it bubbling away on a high heat.

Add the passata and splash in the Worcestershire Sauce, if you’re using actual tablespoons for the passata make sure they are heaped. Mix it all together with a spoon and watch things get very bubbly!

Continuously stir this mixture until the diet coke ‘reduces’. It took about 10 minutes of stirring but then it went from bubbly liquid to looking like a sauce in a split second, 5 minutes later it was lovely,thick, gooey and sticky!

Get the chicken out of the oven and drizzle about half of the sauce over it using your spoon. Using the round part of the spoon smooth it out over the chicken so it covers it evenly and pop it back into the oven and set a timer. I used 5 pieces of chicken so from this point I gave it 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes I would get it back out and using the same spoon, add more of the sauce and I also scooped up any of the sauce that had run off the chicken and added it back on top!.

After the time is up, check that your chicken is cooked all the way through using a fork to check the fluid running from it is clear and that it is hot all the way through. Then serve however you fancy – with homemade chips, salad.. baked potato or just as a snack! Enjoy!

Serves: 4
Syn Value (Per Serving): Free (but 'tweaked')
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate

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