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Coke Chicken Wings Recipe

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Coke chicken wings recipe with the most tender, juicy wings and a sweet and savory glossy, sticky sauce no one can resist. This family favorite is total comfort food, it’s easy-to-make and a great way to put your leftover fizzy drink to use.

Coke chicken wings on a banana leaf in a clay dish. Behind it are flowers and a portion of steamed white rice in a clay cup.

What are Coca-Cola chicken wings

Coca-cola chicken wings are braised in a broth of Coca-Cola, soy sauce, a blend of aromatic spices, and herbs. The wings are coated in a shiny, sticky sauce with a balanced blend of sweet and savory.

The history

This sticky chicken wings coke recipe is a total throwback to the early ’90s when Coca-Cola wings were the hype, especially among Asians! They were a total hit with the Chinese, the Taiwanese, the kids and adults, everyone was crazy obsessed over their sticky, sweet goodness.

Smiling Asian woman presenting clay dish with Coca-Cola chicken wings.

The most surprising mixes can lead to the yummiest dishes, and this one is a perfect example. Playing with flavors is my vibe, and leveling up these Coke wings with Thai flavors makes me super happy!

Coke chicken wings recipe

If you’re having doubts about this, just ask my hubby. He wasn’t so sure of this, either, until he literally couldn’t stop eating. Thank goodness I whipped up a large batch!

You know those chicken wings that are so tender, they seem to just melt off the bone? Yep, that’s them!

And they’re ridiculously sweet and savory, totally addictive. I swear I could eat ’em every day (if it wasn’t for the Coca-Cola).

Close-up of Coca-Cola chicken wings with white rice.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with different cuts of chicken, like chicken drumsticks or skin-on thighs.

And hey, you can totally opt for Pepsi, regular Coke, or any other Coke brand. Just make sure it’s not the diet or zero ones. The sugar is key for a caramelized coating.

I paired the chicken wings in Coca-Cola with rice and called it dinner, but they would totally make the perfect appetizer or snack for your next gathering.

Let me round this up by saying, the wings are just SO DELICIOUS!

Coke chicken wings in a clay dish with white rice.

Can’t get enough of chicken? Try my Thai chicken wings, the crispy Hat Yai fried chicken, or this spicy fried chicken recipe without buttermilk.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Salt, white pepper, golden mountain sauce, light soy sauce, chili flakes, raw chicken wings, coca-cola, garlic, and coriander on a bamboo serving tray with flowers.
  • Chicken – Opt for cuts like wings or drumsticks. They’re tender and juicy, and great at absorbing the flavors.
  • Coca-Cola – Any brand of Coca-Cola will do, just remember to avoid diet or zero-calorie versions.
  • Golden mountain sauce – This staple in Southeast Asian kitchen add a blend of salty and umami flavor.
  • Light soy sauce – Infuses the coke chicken wings with salty and savory flavors.
  • Thai chili flakes (optional) – A sprinkle of dried chili flakes add a subtle heat, adding a spicy kick. Add to taste.
  • Coriander root – Adds an earthy, fresh flavor.
  • White pepper – Adds a hint of heat without being overwhelming.
  • Garlic – Garlic lends a pungent, aromatic essence.
  • Salt

Cooking instructions

  1. Prepare ingredients in pot

    A cooking pot with chicken wings, Coca-Cola, and herbs in a single layer.

    Place chicken wings, coriander root, garlic, and Coca-Cola in a pot or pan, arranging everything in one layer.

  2. Bring to boil

    Turn the heat to medium and bring everything to a boil.

  3. Add flavorings

    When it starts boiling, add in salt, pepper, golden mountain sauce, light soy sauce, and, if you like a bit of heat, some dried chili flakes.

  4. Simmer and serve

    Cover the pot or pan with a lid, lower the heat to medium-low, and let it all simmer for 30 minutes. The liquid will reduce, becoming thick and sticky. Serve immediately.

Recipe tips

  • Don’t overcrowd your wok, pot, or pan. Lay the wings in a single layer to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Avoid diet or zero-calorie sodas. The sugar in regular Coca-Cola is essential for achieving that beautiful caramelized texture and sweetness.
  • Feel free to experiment. Add your choice of herbs, spices, or seasonings to this Coca-Cola chicken wings recipe.
  • Let the wings simmer. Slow cooking helps in intensifying the flavors and ensures that the chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy.
  • Clean chicken. Properly wash the chicken wings. Feel free to cut the chicken wings at the joints to make it easier to eat them.

Kitchen tools

  • Cutting board and chef’s knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Pot, pan, or skillet with lid
  • Tongs

How to serve

Pair this coke chicken wings recipe with steamed rice or Thai sticky rice for a main dish. Garnish with chopped green onions, coriander, toasted sesame seeds, or any of your favorite herbs for added flavor.

Serve them as an appetizer for your next party or family gathering.

Dipping sauce options

Pairing options

Combine them with one of my Thai salads for a flavorful side dish. In Isan, the Northeast of Thailand, chicken wings are commonly paired with spicy Thai papaya salad like som tum Thai or tam sua.

How to store and reheat

  • Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3–4 days.
  • Reheat: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake the wings on a lined baking sheet until they’re heated through, or reheat on the stove top until warm.
  • Freeze: Place wings separately on a sheet, then move to an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, just bake; no thawing needed.

Frequently asked questions

What does Coca-Cola chicken taste like?

Coca-cola chicken has a unique flavor that’s irresistibly sweet, savory, and sticky. The Coca-cola provides a caramelized coating, which pairs wonderfully with the seasonings and the umami and salty notes from the sauces.

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes. You can use boneless meat, but adjust the cooking time if needed.

Can I make these wings in advance?

Yes, these wings can certainly be prepared in advance. You can marinate them and leave them in the refrigerator, or even cook them fully and reheat when needed.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

No, soy sauce is not gluten-free.

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Coke Chicken Wings Recipe

Coke chicken wings on a banana leaf in a clay dish. Behind it are flowers and a portion of steamed white rice in a clay cup.
These irresistible tender coke chicken wings have a caramelized coating, and they're infused with delicious sweet and savory flavors.
Praew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Appetizer
Serving Size 4 people

Ingredients

  • 21 ounces chicken wings
  • 26 fluid ounces Coca-Cola
  • 2 coriander root
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons golden mountain sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes

Instructions

  • Place chicken wings, coriander root, garlic, and Coca-Cola in a pot or pan, arranging everything in one layer.
  • Turn the heat to medium and bring everything to a boil.
  • When it starts boiling, add in salt, pepper, golden mountain sauce, light soy sauce, and, if you like a bit of heat, some dried chili flakes.
  • Cover the pot or pan with a lid, lower the heat to medium-low, and let it all simmer for 30 minutes. The liquid will reduce, becoming thick and sticky. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • You can sub the wings with any other cut of chicken.
  • Lay the wings in a single layer to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Serve with a dipping sauce like a sweet chili sauce.

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