Appetizer, Main Dish

Spicy Dr Pepper Chicken Strips

My hubby LOVES spicy food. Me? I do love it – but can’t really handle it anymore since having kids. When I make recipes that have a bit of a ‘kick’ to them, I try to make them flexible, so we can adjust the level of spicy to please not only his taste buds, but my wimpy ones, too! These Spicy Dr Pepper Chicken Strips are just that – perfect for any level of hot you prefer! Plus they’re full of flavor and SUPER easy to make, making this a total win!

Spicy Dr Pepper Chicken Strips / by Busy Mom's Helper

You don’t HAVE to do these as chicken strips – the sauce really would be great for wings, full chicken breasts, or even in a crockpot with some chicken for an even easier dish! But really, can you get much easier than just THREE ingredients to make the yummy sauce? I don’t think so 🙂 Plus, it uses Dr Pepper – the most wonderful of all drinks, in my very blunt opinion!

Spicy Dr Pepper Chicken Strips / by Busy Mom's Helper

Ingredients – Sauce

  • 24 oz. Dr Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Hot Sauce of choice (I used Franks Red Hot Sauce)
  • 4 tbsp. Brown Sugar

Spicy Dr Pepper Chicken Strips / by Busy Mom's Helper

Directions – Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix this ingredients well over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes while the sauce reduces (about half) and thickens slightly.

When the sauce is done, use it to coat the meat of your choice – wings, strips, or a roasted chicken, if that suits your fancy! To make it super quick for our purpose here, I bought some pre-cooked chicken strips, heated them up in the oven, then just tossed them in a bowl with the sauce until they were fully coated.

Spicy Dr Pepper Chicken Strips / by Busy Mom's Helper

These were made as part of a football party where I made EVERYTHING using Dr Pepper – gotta learn to love football somehow, right, so why not with the drinks and food?!

How spicy do you like YOUR chicken?

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