Thursday, August 30, 2012

Asian Cola Chicken Wings

During one of our food escapades outside of Thousand Oaks, we ventured into Monterey Park to meet up with friends over dim sum. While the wait for a table of 14 people was horrendous (even though I was assured the wait won't be bad.. we waited for over an 1 hour, only to be split up into 2 tables) the good food made up for it.

One of the dishes that we had was "Cola" Chicken. I've never heard of it and was told that the chicken was cooked in (Coca?) Cola. I couldn't taste the soda in the sauce and thought it was ok. One of my friend though, thought that it was delicious and ordered 2 plates of it. I was determined to see if I can enhance the cola flavor in the sauce. I got some wings from the grocer, and looked up some recipe for the chicken. As I cook down the cola sauce, I find that the soda taste is no longer there... What was left was a nice sweet and salty syrupy sauce that coats the very tender wings ( the soda must have helped in tenderizing the chicken) so nicely. The chicken was very addictive. I made 12 pieces of wings and wished I made a little more! Here's the recipe!

  • 12 Chicken Wing Segments
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Green Onions (Optional)
Marinade Ingredients
  • 2 Tsp Rice Wine
  • 2 Tsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tsp Sweet Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Oil
Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup (Pepsi) Cola or Coca Cola
Mix all the marinate ingredients and chicken wings in a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Then, heat 2 tsp oil in a non stick frying pan over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, place the marinated chicken (do not pour in the marinade juice yet) into the pan and fry each side for about 1-2 minutes until you get a nice caramelization on the skin. Then add all the marinade juice, light soy sauce and the cola into the pan. Reduce the heat to medium, and cover the chicken. Let the chicken cook until the sauce becomes thick and syrupy. This should take about 25-30 minutes. Remove cover, quickly turn to coat the chicken in the syrupy sauce and transfer to a plate. Garnish with optional chopped green onions and serve immediately.


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