Coca-Cola Chicken Wings Recipe

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Equal parts sweet and savory, these Coca-Cola chicken wings will surely hit the spot. The sauce calls for Coca-Cola, soy sauce and tomato paste, resulting in a sticky and satisfying glaze. You can pair the wings with rice or serve them as an appetizer — you really can't go wrong!

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 pounds chicken wings

  • 12 ounces Coca-Cola (1 to 1 1/2 cans depending on the size)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons cold water

  • Sliced scallions or sesame seeds

  • Oil

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and then place a wire rack on top. Pat the chicken wings dry, lay them on the rack and brush them with oil.

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Step 2

Bake the chicken wings for 20 minutes and then flip them and brush them with oil. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy.

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Step 3

Once you flip the chicken wings, start making the sauce. Combine the Coca-Cola, brown sugar, minced garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce and onion powder in a large pan. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until thick, about 10 minutes.

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Step 4

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and cold water. Whisk to create a slurry.

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Step 5

Add the slurry to the sauce. Whisk well and continue heating until thick, or until it's the consistency of thin syrup.

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Tip

If the sauce isn't thickening, it means the ingredients haven't gotten hot enough. Bring the mixture to a boil, making sure it bubbles, and then reduce the heat. Also, the sauce will thicken as it cools.

Step 6

Add the cooked chicken wings to the pan. Toss to coat them in sauce.

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Step 7

Transfer the wings to a serving plate and garnish them with sliced scallions, sesame seeds or both.

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