Whip up delicious coca cola chicken with leftover soda. Made popular in China, this chicken dish tastes marvelous coated with the thick sticky gravy it is cooked in. The shiny glaze on the chicken is tempting enough. You will be pleasantly surprised at how good the dish is. Whether it is drumsticks, wings, thighs or even ribs that you choose, you will definitely love the outcome.
You may question the addition of the most loved soda to this chicken dish. As we all know, coca cola is really sweet. Therefore, using it as the base for the gravy, there is no need for additional sweetener. The outcome looks similar to teriyaki chicken - dark and sticky with honey-like gravy.
Adding ketchup or BBQ sauce
This the simplest Coca Cola chicken recipe. However, you can always improve the flavour with ketchup or BBQ sauce. The gravy will then have a more complex flavour. You'll only need 1 tablespoon of either of the sauces. Choose ketchup for a more subtle taste. However, do not add both types of sauces together as the flavour would be overpowering and make the overall taste unappealing. Having either of the sauces adds a good amount of tartness and brings out the savouriness of the dish.
Coca Cola light or Pepsi
The base of the gravy calls for Coca Cola which means Cola light may also be used. Of course, it may also be substituted with Pepsi. The original taste of the soda is almost not noticeable in the dish once it is ready. So, it actually doesn't really matter on the choice of soda used.
Using slow cooker
Coca Cola chicken is a fantastic recipe to attempt using a slow cooker. It's explicitly simple. Optionally, sear the chicken pieces before adding it to the slow cooker. Then, add in all the ingredients. You don't even need to mix it thoroughly. Cover it and cook over low heat for about 5 hours or at high heat for 2 hours.
Using pressure cooker
If you're rushing for time, cook this yummy chicken dish in a pressure cooker. Just like the slow cooker, sear the meat pieces until they develop a brown crust. Add all the ingredients into the pot and cover it. You will be rewarded with really succulent chicken in no time.