It’s that time of year again, for two teams of tights-wearing, very strong men collide on a field trying to prove that they are the best in the world at moving an oblong ball 100 yards.
In other words, it’s one of my favorite times of the year: The Super Bowl.
I love football as much as the next red-blooded American, but what I really come for is the food.
For me, there’s not much that beats hanging out with friends watching a few hours of sports and making a great spread of snacks.
This year, without a doubt, these Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
will be making an appearance.
The nice thing about these wings is the sauce—an awesome mix of spicy and sweet. Since all the sugar in the sauce comes from the soda, I recommend trying to get your hands on some Mexican Coca-Cola. They still use real sugar down South, and in my opinion it makes for a better sauce.
Of course, if you can only find the American stuff, it’ll work just fine.
The sauce for these wings is really simple, actually. Just add all the ingredients to a medium-sized pot and bring it to a slow simmer over medium heat.
When you first start stirring this sauce, it’ll have a lot of carbonation in it from the soda, but it should die down soon.
While this sauce is simmering, stir it pretty regularly just to make sure the sugar isn’t burning to the bottom of the pot. Ultimately, the sauce should be the consistency of a thin BBQ sauce.
Mine took about 35 minutes of simmering to get to the consistency I wanted.
Once the sauce is done, you can set it aside while you work on the wings. Don’t even worry about keeping it warm since we’ll get back to it in just a few minutes.
To prepare the wings for frying, just toss them lightly in a flour mixture. Sometimes I fry my wings without any flour coating, but I like the light crust that it gives them in this case—the sauce sticks easier to them.
Heat up about a quart of oil in a large wok or pot to 350 degrees. As always, when frying I highly recommend using a fry thermometer. And never leave the area while the oil is hot!
Also, I recommend doing a test wing just to make sure everything goes well.
You’ll probably also be hungry by now, so give the chef a quick snack!
Once you’ve confirmed that your test wing is delicious (it will be), then go ahead and fry your wings in two or three batches depending on the size of your pot. Remember to bring your oil back up to 350 degrees after each batch.
The wings will take 10-12 minutes to cook through and turn a nice golden brown. When they come out of the fryer, let them drain briefly on a few paper towels.
When your wings are drained, toss them in the sauce while they are still pretty hot.
Pour them onto a large plate and serve them with ranch dressing or blue cheese just like any other good chicken wing!
I served these to a few people and they were absolutely shocked at the very short list of ingredients in the sauce. It has a really complex flavor that makes for some really addictive wings!Nick has no idea who is going to win the Super Bowl, but it’s possible that there’s a secret correlation to football victories and chicken wings. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.