Coca-Cola Wings

Addicted.
Yep you got that right! These chicken wings are glazed with the most recognizable soda in the world :) China's obsession with Coke and other sodas (try marketing red wine by packaging it with free bottles of Coke!) is chronicled humourously by Diana, which is also where this recipe is adapted from.

When I started cooking, Liz proudly shared that her signature dish is none other than Coke-Braised Pork Belly! Though I've not gotten around to ask her for the recipe (which I will after this), I can see how Coke (with its ladened sugar) enhances the dish by creating thick golden glaze of caramel that coats the wings to deep golden perfection, while retaining almost none of the flavour from the famed soda. Oh trust me, it's good, really good :)

Obsessed.
4 months ago: Sticky Cinnamon Wings
3 months ago: Buffalo Wings

Ingredients
  • 500g chicken wings
  • ¾ cup Coca-Cola
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil 
  • 1 stalk spring onion (scallion), chopped
  • A pinch of freshly ground blackpepper (optional)
Adapted from Appetite for China

Directions
  1. Chop all the wings at the joint and marinade them in half the soy sauce for 15 minutes
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat with vegetable oil 
  3. Once the oil is hot, place the wings on the pan and sear it for 5 minutes on each side
  4. Pour in the rest of the soy sauce (and marinade) to the pan 
  5. Add Chinese rice wine and Coca-Cola before lowering the heat to a simmer
  6. Simmer the wings for a good 20-30 minutes or until all the liquid has reduced to a glaze
  7. Add a few cranks of black pepper and sprinkle spring onion for garnishing right before serving
    No caption needed. Just eat it :)

21 comments:

  1. LOL love your no caption needed just eat it comment! I think coke probably caramelized it very well. sticky sweet and additive from the sounds of it.

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  2. Hi daphne! Oh you must try this one day :)

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  3. Haha! Girl, I am addicted to chicken wings, too. We hang at Buffalo Wild Wings practically every weekend. Twelve traditional wings, honey bbq sauce and ranch dressing on the side please. And celery sticks! :-p Yours look so good and sticky, though. Love them!!

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  4. Haha, a compatriot! I'm already salivating thinking about your variety, ranch dressing Mmmm...

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  5. Great! I bookmarking this recipe. I had it at a Chinese friend's house and really liked it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. They look really yummy, i can't stand to drink coca cola, does the chicken taste at all like it?

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  7. The person who "taught" me the Cola marinade for wings, is my hubby! And he know nuts about cooking. Guess this is the only time he knows something. Cola in the soy spice marinade then BBQ - super good!

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  8. This dish is perfect for someone who's addicted to Coca Cola (I know such a person). I'm going to make this yummy dish this weekend.

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  9. Oh Dear! That looks AMAZING! I must try that this spring! thank you!!!!!! made my day!

    Peace
    Missy
    http://throughanindielens.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hi muppy! I can barely taste Coke in the wings (just tiny bit, if any), I think the flavour evaporated during cooking :)

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  11. my tummy just made the loudest grumble in the world..

    `nuff said !

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  12. They look so perfectly browned and glossy!

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  13. what sticky delicious glossy wings!! i could easily have a tray of this i think! since i dont drink coke at all...i think it'd feel weird if i buy them just for cooking lol.

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  14. Hi Vivienne, erm I actually did that, just one miserable can of Coke at the check out :P

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  15. Hi,
    First time here...
    That looks wonderful! great photos!

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  16. Absolutely love the sticky glossy look...how delicious and innovative!

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  17. Yum! They look so lovely and glazed! Wings are my favourite cut of chicken :D

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  18. This recipe looks great! Can I substitute Chinese rice wine with xiao sing wine instead?

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  19. @Anonymous
    Yes! It's the same :) Xiao Sing is the famed area where Chinese rice wine is produced

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaoxing_wine

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  20. Oh my gosh, I love this! What a fun and unique recipe! I used to have a pop addiction, thankfully not anymore. Although this might bring back the beast. Haha. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  21. I really love the look of this coca cola chicken wings!

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