Coca-Cola chicken wings is a simple Chinese dish that everyone in Hong Kong have eaten before. It is a very common and popular homemade dish. How did someone think of cooking chicken wings with coca-cola? I don’t have a clue. One thing I do know for sure is that coca-cola is something special in Hong Kong back in the days. We didn’t drink coca-cola (and soda) day in and day out. It was always for important days of the year, like birthdays, parties and weddings. Sweet and bubbly. I cherished every soda that I had. Of course, I drink soda much more often these days, but this chicken wings dish is still special in my heart.
Not only the wings are tasty, this dish only takes 7 ingredients to make, and I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry. The wings were seared in a hot pan. Braised in the coca-cola and soy sauce. The liquid reduced down to a syrup and made a beautiful glaze on the wings. Little sweet with a great balance from the savory soy sauce. These wings are very addictive! Serve with steamed rice and some vegetables. Dinner is set!
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
- 3 ginger slices peeled
- 18 - 20 chicken wings or drumettes
- 10 ounces Coca-Cola
- 2½ teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- vegetable oil
- In a large pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil and add the ginger slices. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken wings and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.
- Add Coca-Cola, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove cover. Turn the heat up to high. Reduce the sauce until slightly thicken, about 10 minutes, turning the wings every once a while.
- In another large pan over medium-high heat, warm ½ tablespoon oil. Transfer the wings without the sauce to the pan and sear for 1 - 2 minutes on each side until the skins are a bit caramelized. Place the cooked wings on a serving plate. Serve immediately.
- Dark soy sauce is not the same as regular soy sauce. It can't be substitute. You can find it in Chinese grocery store or from Amazon.
- Keep a close eye on the wings for the last step. The wings can get burnt easily.
- Serve the chicken wings with steamed rice as a meal.
- Do not throw away the sauce. It's perfect with steamed rice.