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Roasted Soda Can Chicken Recipe
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Roasted Soda Can Chicken

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"A different take on the typical beer can chicken. I inject the butter-based rub under the skin for better flavor. The steam from the liquid makes this moist and tender."

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Original recipe makes 1 roast chicken Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the giblets and rinse chicken inside and out with water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Stir together butter, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper, and half the lemon juice in a bowl. Rub the mixture over the entire chicken, including the cavity and beneath the skin.
  3. Discard 1/2 of soda, leaving the rest in the can, and pour the remaining lemon juice into the can. Place the can on a baking sheet, and set the chicken upright on the can, inserting it into the cavity of the chicken. Plug the neck opening of the chicken with the onion and a squeezed lemon half to retain steam.
  4. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). Remove the chicken from the oven, discard the soda can, and cover chicken with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 04, 2010

This chicken was super! I did not change much, just made a few alterations. I added an extra clove of garlic, let it sit in the fridge for about 2 hours after I rubbed it down so it could marinate a little & also added a little bit of cilantro to the lemon/soda can. Chicken turned out super moist & very, very tasty. Will totally make again! ***REVISION FROM 2/2009*** In response to the slightly obnoxious post below; I only had Sprite in a 2 liter, so pulled a can out of my recycle bin (which would apparently be a Diet Pepsi can), washed it out and threw the sprite in there. Sorry I didn't clarify before, but I didn't stop to think that people would 1) stare so hard and scrutinze a pic of roasted chicken and 2) actually feel the need to call someone out on a cooking website about it. Hope that clears things up for anyone who was confused!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 19, 2009

This chicken was bland at best, even when eaten with the skin. The meat came out moist, so luckily we can use the leftover meat for other applications.


16 Ratings

Dec 30, 2010

This is such a versatile recipe in that you can use multiple liquids to enhance the flavor. I have used various sodas, beer, fruit juices, and broths. The trick is the can- it is the stand. So if you want a more savory chicken use beers, for a sweeter chicken use juices and citrus sodas (mountain dew works well) and for less complex though flavorful chicken use broths. The super tiny juice cans work great for Cornish Hens.

Jun 05, 2011

I used this recipe because I thought it was neat that you could roast it in the oven, it was winter at the time, and I had only had it on the grill made by my mother up until that point. It turned out awesome. I usually eyeball my ingredients, but what I had done differently, was I added a lemon juice (from a whole lemon) to the soda I used (I think ginger ale) to the can that it roasted on, and I rubbed the other stuff underneath the skin. Either way, it was a great recipe, and I'm going to use it as a base for tonight, although I'm going to use actual beer.

Jul 12, 2010

This wasn't very good. I tried it with root beer. It is really a lot better with a good rub and a half can of beer. IMHO

May 13, 2009

Nothing special

May 27, 2013

This turned out great, but I did add a bunch of other seasonings & I used Sprite Zero. Will definitely make this again and again.

Feb 03, 2015

I have made this recipe and used the brown sugar/butter/garlic/lemon rub even on turkey--INCREDIBLE. The color of the skin-looks like a magazine cover-tastes great. It kills me because I have always had the willpower until now not to eat the skin! I have made this many times. I use larger chickens so oven temperature is 350 and 20 minutes per pound. I have used different types of soda-both diet and regular and it doesn't make a difference. I usually use ginger ale, but have used coke, orange soda and beer and the results are always the same--outstanding! Here are some suggestions that I have done that my family likes. I use the "Citurs Brine" found on this site. I add garlic and onion to the soda can and stuff the cavity of the chicken with fresh herbs and additional garlic. I also like to put vegetables like celery, carrots, and fennel on the bottom of the pan and add either chicken broth or water--so I can make homemade gravy out of the drippings.


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  • Calories
  • 501 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 150 mg
  • 50%
  • Fat
  • 30.5 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 41.3 g
  • 83%
  • Sodium
  • 188 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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