Savor the Flavor with this Pink Chicken Recipe

Are you looking for a unique and flavorful chicken recipe to impress your guests? Look no further because I have just the recipe for you. Introducing the Pink Chicken Recipe – a delicious and eye-catching dish that is sure to be a hit at any party or gathering.

But wait, you might be wondering why this chicken dish is called “pink.” Well, it’s not because we use any artificial coloring or chemicals. The secret ingredient that gives this dish its signature pink hue is actually pink peppercorn!

Now, you may be thinking, “Peppercorn on chicken? That sounds a bit odd.” But I promise you, this recipe will change your mind. The pink peppercorn adds a subtle layer of flavor to the chicken that perfectly complements the other ingredients in the dish. And of course, it looks absolutely stunning on any plate.

I first discovered this recipe from a vintage promotional recipe book featuring Hunt’s tomato sauce. Since then, I’ve added my own twists and variations based on my cooking experience and preferences.

So whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or simply trying to mix up your weeknight dinner routine, give the Pink Chicken Recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pink Chicken
Pink Chicken

If you are on the hunt for an easy, mouth-watering chicken recipe that will impress your guests, then look no further. This Pink Chicken recipe is perfect for the lazy cooks out there, and even if you’re the worst cook imaginable. But why should you give this recipe a try?

First of all, the main ingredient of this dish is chicken drumsticks, which are easy to find and always a crowd-pleaser. But what makes this recipe stand out is the irresistible pink color of the chicken, which will surely make your guests curious about your secret ingredient.

The secret to achieving that beautiful little pink hue? We’ll be using a unique combination of soy sauce and Hunt’s tomato sauce to create a deliciously tangy pink sauce. It may sound crazy, but this combination provides a surprising burst of flavor that’ll leave your taste buds yearning for more.

This versatile dish can be served with pasta or even as a salad topper. And if you happen to have some leftover cooked chicken on hand, this Pink Chicken recipe is a great opportunity to mix things up by adding a bold pink twist.

But don’t just take it from me – watch Youtube personality Jack Scalfani try out vintage promotional recipes like the Pink Chicken 98 recipe himself!

Try out this recipe and get ready to tantalize your senses with juicy drumsticks coated in an irresistible pink sauce!

Ingredient List

 Get ready for a pink-tastic time with this delicious Pink Chicken recipe!
Get ready for a pink-tastic time with this delicious Pink Chicken recipe!

Here are the ingredients you need to make the delicious pink chicken recipe:

  • Chicken drumsticks, 6-8 pieces

  • Chicken breast, 2 pieces

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons

  • Tomato sauce, 2 cups

  • White wine, 1/2 cup

  • Soy sauce, 3 tablespoons

  • Pink peppercorn, crushed, 1-2 teaspoons

These ingredients are enough to prepare a serving for 4 people. They create a subtle balance of flavors that culminate in the juicy and tender pink chicken dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a lazy weekend dinner. All the ingredients can be found easily in your kitchen or your nearest grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

 You won't believe the vibrant color of this dish, but it's all-natural thanks to beets.
You won’t believe the vibrant color of this dish, but it’s all-natural thanks to beets.

Get ready to cook some pink chicken! With this recipe, you’ll be able to whip up some deliciously pink chicken drumsticks that will wow your guests. Here’s how:


  • 6-8 chicken drumsticks or chicken breast pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp. of pink peppercorn


  1. In a large pot or pan, heat up the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sauté until browned on all sides.

  2. Add salt and pepper to the chicken as it is cooking.

  3. Once the chicken is browned, remove it from the pan and set it aside.

  4. In the same pan where you cooked the chicken, add white wine and let it reduce for a minute or two.

  5. Then add in tomato sauce along with two cups of water.

  6. Bring it all to boil.

  7. Add the soy sauce followed by the pink peppercorn in the boiling mixture.

  8. Mix everything well so that all ingredients are well combined.

  9. Add back the cooked chicken pieces into the sauce pan, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until your meat is cooked through.

  10. Once done, serve your juicy and pink chicken laid out on a banana leaf with a side of pasta or salad as per your preference.

This pink chicken recipe is very easy to make and does not require much effort on your part as a home chef! The outcome gives your regular old boring chicken a fun and exciting make-over that will have your guests raving for days after they try them out!

Substitutions and Variations

 Turn heads and tastebuds with this stunning, Instagram-worthy Pink Chicken.
Turn heads and tastebuds with this stunning, Instagram-worthy Pink Chicken.

While the Pink Chicken Recipe is already a standout dish, it’s always fun to experiment with different ingredient combinations to match your taste preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try out:

– For chicken drumsticks, you can substitute with chicken breast or any other chicken pieces that you prefer. You can also use smoked chicken for a different flavor profile.

– If you don’t have pink peppercorn, you can use regular black pepper instead. This will alter the color of the chicken slightly, but it will still be delicious.

– For the pink sauce, you can swap soy sauce with fish sauce or oyster sauce for a more savory flavor. You can also add a tablespoon of sesame oil for an extra nutty kick.

– If you’re feeling adventurous, try making Pink Chicken Pasta by tossing cooked pasta with the pink sauce and adding diced cooked chicken on top.

– Another variation you might enjoy is Pink Chicken Saute by sauteing sliced chicken with garlic and ginger until browned, then adding the pink sauce and half a cup of white wine to the pan. Let simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken.

– For a refreshing Pink Chicken Salad, add cooked and diced pink chicken to a bed of mixed greens along with cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and croutons. Drizzle with your favorite dressing and voila!

– For those looking for a Chinese twist, try making Char Siu Chicken by marinating cooked pink chicken in hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce, 5 spice powder, and red food coloring (for that signature bright red color). Then grill on high heat until slightly charred.

Remember that cooking is all about having fun and getting creative in the kitchen. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to make this recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Who says chicken has to be boring? This recipe brings the perfect amount of fun and flavor to the table.
Who says chicken has to be boring? This recipe brings the perfect amount of fun and flavor to the table.

Now that your pink chicken recipe is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy this delicious dish with a perfect pairing. The tender chicken drumsticks are juicy and flavorful with a slight hint of pink in color, adding an exciting visual appeal to the dish.

To serve, you can simply place the chicken pieces on a platter and garnish with chopped spring onion or parsley. For additional texture and crunch, consider tossing some toasted almonds or sesame seeds on top.

As for the pairing, there are several options to consider depending on your preferences. A refreshing and light wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, harmonizes well with the tangy tomato sauce flavor in the pink chicken recipe. Alternatively, if you prefer a non-alcoholic option, a fresh lemonade or iced tea would also be a perfect choice.

If you’re planning to serve the pink chicken with pasta, you can use the pink sauce as a pasta sauce by thinning it out with some cream or milk. Besides the classic spaghetti or fettuccine, linguine and penne also pair well with this pasta sauce.

Finally, why not experiment with some Asian-inspired dishes? The flavors in this dish would go well with char siu chicken or other Chinese food classics like fried rice.

So serve up your little pink chicken drumsticks and try it alongside different food options until you find your ideal pairing.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for a summer party or celebration, Pink Chicken is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Perfect for a summer party or celebration, Pink Chicken is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

If you’re planning a party, it’s always helpful to prepare ahead to avoid the last-minute rush. Luckily for you, the Pink Chicken Recipe is perfect for make-ahead prep. You can cook the chicken, and store it in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to serve.

To store in the refrigerator, allow the chicken to cool completely before placing it in an airtight container or a resealable freezer bag. It will last in the fridge for three to four days – making it ideal for meal prepping throughout the week or preparing ahead for a weekend get-together.

If you’re extending storage beyond four days, it’s better to freeze the pink chicken. To do this, place the cooked and cooled chicken pieces in a freezer-safe container or bag and seal tightly. Label with the date and freeze for up to 2-3 months. This will ensure that your pink chicken remains fresh and flavorful while still being “chicken lazy” as you can effortlessly defrost some when you need them.

To reheat frozen pink chicken, let it thaw overnight in the fridge then bake it in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes, or until heated through. You can also microwave on medium heat if you’re short on time but keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t become overcooked or undercooked.

It’s important never to reheat cooked chicken more than once, as this increases the risk of bacterial growth which could result in food poisoning. Therefore, make sure that you only thaw and reheat what you’ll use.

With these effective tips on make-ahead preparation techniques, storing and reheating methods for your little pink chicken dish – you’ll undoubtedly become unstoppable in serving delicious food!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Beets, herbs, and lemon juice combine to create a zesty, tangy marinade for the chicken.
Beets, herbs, and lemon juice combine to create a zesty, tangy marinade for the chicken.

To ensure the optimal success in making this pink chicken recipe, there are some tips that you can implement. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

First and foremost, don’t overcook the chicken. Overcooking will turn your pink chicken into a dry and tasteless chicken. Use a meat thermometer to make sure you cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Secondly, when cooking the chicken pieces, try not to crowd the pan. Crowding the pan results in an uneven heat distribution and doesn’t allow for proper browning. If you’re making this recipe for a big group, you may want to cook the chicken in batches.

Another tip is to let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing it open. This allows the juices to settle back into the meat, resulting in a juicy and more succulent dish.

Finally, be sure to use fresh ingredients. Fresh ingredients pack more flavor than old ones and will make your dish stand out. Try getting high-quality chicken drumsticks and fresh vegetables for the best results.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have perfectly cooked pink chicken that’s flavorful and juicy every time!

Bottom Line


It is time to ditch boring chicken dishes and add some pink to your cooking game. Whether you are looking for a simple yet flavorful meal after a long day of work or throwing a dinner party for your friends and family, the Pink Chicken Recipe is sure to impress. With its juicy meat, delectable sauce, and easy preparation steps, this recipe is a must-try.

But don’t just take my word for it. Give it a try and taste the magic yourself. And once you fall in love with the recipe, feel free to experiment with different variations and substitutions to make it your own unique pink chicken dish.

Remember, cooking is an art that anyone can master with practice and patience. So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. With the Pink Chicken Recipe, you have everything you need to become a confident culinary artist.

So let’s get cooking and bring some color to our plates!

Pink Chicken

Pink Chicken Recipe

I got tired of the same ole chicken week after week, so decided to try something different. FYI - my lil guy is very picky and loves this!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Calories 421.9 kcal


  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 cup Catalina dressing
  • 6 chicken drumsticks


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine the italian and calalina dressings in a bowl.
  • Place drumsticks in a shallow baking dish and pour dressing over. Use tongs to turn the chicken in the dressing to coat. If the chicken has skin, bake with skin side up.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • The dressing works great as a marinade for make-aheads.

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Serving: 153gCalories: 421.9kcalCarbohydrates: 10.6gProtein: 14.5gFat: 36.1gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 59.1mgSodium: 807.6mgSugar: 9.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Easy
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