With football season right around the corner, it only seemed fitting to make some chicken wings today. This coca-cola chicken wings recipe is an Asian approach to wings using coke in the sauce. I had to play around with the recipe a couple of times but it turns out all these wings need are some soy sauce, rice wine, and coke! Go ahead and give these wings a try, you won't regret it!
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 lb chicken wings wings and drummettes separated
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
- ¾ cup Coca-cola
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat oil in a hot skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken wings until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add soy sauce, rice wine, and the coca-cola. Bring to a simmer and add the chicken back to the pan. Let cook for 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue to bake in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the wings are done.
- Meanwhile, continue to simmer the sauce on the stove top until reduced by half. Brush the remaining sauce on the chicken wings if desired and serve.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
It may sound unconventional, but we're going to start the chicken wings by searing them on the pan. Whenever you are searing meat, it is important to have the oil in the pan very hot. This way it cooks the outside of the protein, creating a nice golden color, without cooking the entire meat. If you try to flip the wings over too early, you will find that the wings stick to the pan. When they are ready, they will easily come off the pan.
Simmer the sauce, add the wings back to the pan, and finish cooking in the oven. If your wings are especially small, they may be done cooking in the pan. Reduce the coca-cola sauce and brush on the wings for that extra touch.
Although this combination of coca-cola chicken wings might sound strange, it actually works. You get the slight sweetness from the soda and the saltiness from the soy sauce. This Asian approach was definitely a different approach but it was very well received. I served these wings with a side of baked sweet potato fries for one delicious meal.
For more chicken wing inspiration check out these Indian butter chicken wings!