Taste a hint of the sweet and caramel goodness of your favorite cola drink with the Coca Cola chicken! The exceptional sweetness of this cola drink is a new way to sweeten your favorite dishes. Forget the calories for a while and enjoy this mouth-watering dish made with soft and tender chicken chunks with a cola sauce glaze! Best partnered with a lot of hot steaming rice.
THE COCA COLA HISTORY
Did you know that how Coca Cola was made is very controversial? The name “Coca Cola” was actually based on cocaine from the coca leaf. Yep, that’s the stimulant-drug cocaine you know. As you know, cocaine was legal before and were used in medical purposes. Coca Cola was originally used as a drink for the most common ailments back then—conditions which are mostly treated using cocaine. It was then developed into a soda drink in 1903 which anyone could enjoy. This cola was modified further and the cocaine and the kola nut was removed from its list of ingredients.
The Coca Cola has evolved through time until the coke we enjoyed now. The sweet and caramelly soda drink is best partnered with almost any food whether with rice, noodles or bread. Aside from being one of the top beverages consumed in the world, Coca Cola drink has now also been incorporated in different dishes just like the one in this blog today.
COCA COLA CHICKEN
Coca Cola-based dishes is what I do when we have an abundant supply of coke in our pantry. This happens every December when a lot of my relatives came over to visit. Aside from wine, Coke and Sprite are their usual gift to me as they know I really like to incorporate them in my recipes here at Yummy Kitchen.
The main contribution of Coca Cola in dishes is primarily its sweetness. It has this distinct sweetness profile which table sugar, milk, and other sweeteners can provide. Not only it provides sweetness, but the cola as a soda can help in tenderizing your meat, especially when you’re dealing with pork or beef. If you will be using it as a sauce, just like in this recipe, the cola will turn give your dish a sweet and savoury glaze. And if you haven’t used Coca Cola in any of your dishes, you’re totally missing out a lot! If this blog made you curious about using Coke as an ingredient, this dish below is a quick and simple starter. Give this a try today!
HOW TO MAKE COCA COLA CHICKEN
Preparing this chicken dish is very simple. Start by marinating your chicken chunks with salt and pepper. Sear them up until brown crusts form. If you have a large batch of meat, sear the chicken by batches and just put them back in the pan when all are done. Add the rest of the ingredients. Do not remove the chicken-infused oil as it would enhance the chicken flavor. Allow the dish to cook until the sauce is reduced.
You can already turn the heat off and serve it as this point. But I really like this dish “iga” or almost dried so I cooked them up much longer that the remaining Coca Cola sauce already sticks and coats the chicken pieces. The evaporated cola has now turned into a thick and luscious glaze. And voila! Your Coca Cola chicken is done.
P.S. You can try a spicy version of this too! Serve it with a big bowl of hot steaming rice and some cucumber slices on the side!
Coca Cola ChickenCourse: Chicken Recipes
1 kilo chicken (cut into serving pieces)
1 cup (around 300mL) coca cola
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
salt and pepper to taste
spring onions (for garnish)
oil (for searing)
- Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and then massage the chicken. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Heat some oil in a pan. Sear the chicken until light brown. Flip to sear the other side. Repeat this steps with the rest of the chicken pieces.
- Pour the coca cola into the pan (do not remove the chicken oil). Add the ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Stir gently to incorporate the aromatics in the liquid. Let it cook in medium heat until the sauce is reduced. After around 10 minutes, stir a bit to cook evenly.
- When the sauce is greatly reduced, your coca cola chicken is done.
- Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve with a lot of hot steaming rice. Enjoy!
Coca Cola Chicken Recipe (TAGALOG)
- 1 kilo ng manok (hiniwa sa serving pieces)
- 1 tasa (300mL) ng coca cola
- 3 kutsara ng toyo
- 3 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
- 1 kutsara ng luya (hiniwa ng maliliit)
- asin at paminta
- spring onions (pang-garnish)
- mantika (pang-prito)
- Ilagay ang mga piraso ng manok sa isang bowl at lagyan ng asin at paminta. Hayaan itong mag-marinate ng 15 minuto.
- Magpainit ng konting mantika. Iprito ang mga manok hanggang maging light brown. Baliktarin para maluto ang kabilang side. Gawin ang steps na ito sa iba pang piraso ng manok.
- Ilagay ang coke sa kawali (wag tatanggalin ang mantika). Sunod na ilagay ang luya, bawang at toyo. Haluin ng konti. Lutuin ito gamit ang katamtamang apoy hanggang lumapot ang sauce. Pagkatapos ng 10 minuto, haluin ito para pumantay ang luto.
- Kapag iga na ang sabaw, okay na ang coca cola chicken.
- Ilipat ang mga manok sa isang serving plate at budburan ng hiniwang spring onions. Ihain kasama ng mainit na kanin. Enjoy!