I learned of this Coca-Cola chicken wings recipe when I was talking to my friend Brenton. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this Jell-O salad with Coca-Cola. It was actually one of my favorite desserts, and I’ve converted many nonbelievers who doubt it’s deliciousness (I’ll get you too later). It made me think, are there other ways to use Coke?
Enter Brenton’s mom. Apparently, she used to make a chicken wing dish with Coke as the base for the sauce. I was curious, how would this work? Turns out, pretty good and pretty easy. The Coke reduces into a syrupy sauce, and the ginger accentuates the ginger flavors that are already in Coke. It tastes sweet, kind of like a honey BBQ wing, but with a little bit of bite from the Coke. If you are looking for a beginner recipe, this one is very friendly as well.
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings Tips
First, don’t flip the wings more than once. Let them sizzle for a little while so you get that nice browning. You don’t have to dice the ginger into tiny pieces. Rough looking slices will diffuse the ginger’s flavor through the dish just fine. You don’t even need to cut the skin off. Sesame seeds aren’t mandatory, but they do make a nice finishing touch, making the dish look fancy. Also, don’t use Diet Coke. If you want to make Coca-Cola chicken wings then there’s no reason to try to make them healthy. There’s not too many tips for this one. Again, pretty simple recipe, try it out yourself!
Finally, what if you are afraid to make Coca-Cola chicken wings? Alright, let’s get you started with other recipes that use Coke. Or, if you want something sweeter, check my French toast with bananas foster!
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
- 6 chicken wings
- 2½ cups Coca-Cola
- ⅔ cup scallions diced
- ½ cup ginger sliced
- ⅔ tbsp salt
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- First, dice the scallions and slice the ginger. Put aside 1/3 of your ginger and scallions in larger chunks to use when you fry the chicken.
- Combine the majority of your scallions and ginger with the Coca-Cola in a pot. Turn it up to medium heat.
- Stab the chicken on both sides with a fork. Rub both sides with salt. Wait for a few minutes, then pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.
- Cover the bottom of a large skillet with canola oil. Put it on medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, put in the ginger and scallions you set aside. Fry for 2 minutes, then push to one side of the skillet. Add your chicken, skin side down. Fry for 3 minutes on both sides, or until both sides have a light browning.
- Once the Coca-Cola mixture is boiling, add it to the skillet. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Turn the heat up to high and cook for 10 minutes to boil off excess water. Reduce heat and let sauce thicken for 4 minutes.
- Take chicken out of skillet, plate it and pour sauce on top. Garnish with any leftover scallion, and sesame seed.