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Coca-Cola™ Chicken Wings

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Coca-Cola™ Chicken Wings
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 2
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Coca-Cola™ Chicken Wings

These positively addictive chicken wings feature a spicy-sweet sauce with a surprising secret ingredient: cola.

Ingredients

Wings

2
pounds chicken wings
3
cups all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon kosher salt
1
tablespoon ground pepper
1
tablespoon paprika

Sauce

1
(12 ounce) bottle cola
1/2
cup ketchup
1/4
cup hot sauce
2
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/2
teaspoon black pepper
1
quart peanut or canola oil, for frying

Directions

  • 1 Add sauce ingredients to medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • 2 Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until it's thick, about 30-40 minutes.
  • 3 Set sauce aside while you prepare wings.
  • 4 Cut wings into drumsticks and ends if they aren't already. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl.
  • 5 In a sturdy large pot or wok, heat oil to 350°F.
  • 6 Add wings to flour and toss them until they are lightly coated.
  • 7 Working in batches, fry wings at 350°F until they are golden brown and cooked through, 10-12 minutes.
  • 8 Drain wings on a few paper towels and then toss wings in cola sauce.
  • 9 Serve as soon as possible with ranch dressing or blue cheese!
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Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

As prepared by Macheesmo,

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.

Cola added

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.

Stirring sauce

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.

Sauce finished

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.

Floured wings

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!

Test wing

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.

Frying wings

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.

Wings done

When your wings are drained, toss them in the sauce while they are still pretty hot.

Wings tossed

Pour them onto a large plate and serve them with ranch dressing or blue cheese just like any other good chicken wing!

Wings on plate

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.
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