Okay, you’re probably wondering WHAT THE HECK? Chinese and Coca-Cola??? That’s an odd combination for a description. I know, I know, but that’s the whole point. That’s what caught my attention with this particular recipe and I just had to try it so I can say I did. I love cooking food with an off-the-wall ingredient. It reminds me of the old fairytale folk story I read a long time ago in grade school. I’m sure many of you have heard of it. It’s called STONE SOUP. The main ingredient was a piece of rock!!!
But in all honesty, this is a really popular and basic Chinese dish. My mother use to make it often when all the kids in the household were still young and she actually cooked back then. However, instead of Coca-Cola, she used brown sugar. That’s what the soda is mainly for, the sugar replacement ingredient in the dish. The heat burns off all the carbonation and your chicken really does not come out tasting like Coke! It’s the idea of the ingredient that makes you do a double take. Frankly, I think Dr. Pepper or even Root Beer would’ve been a great replacement as well.
I really love this dish because it reminds me of when I was young and when my mom use to cook for us all the time. I loved the thick syrupy sauce that the chicken is drenched in. My siblings and I use to douse our rice in the sauce and eat it that way. My mother use to cook it on a stove-top in a big Chinese wok frying pan. I don’t quite remember how long it took to cook it that way, maybe a half hour or so?
So let’s get cooking.
2-3 lbs. Chicken Wings (Separate the wings from the little drummettes, and remove the pointy wing end.)
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. Chinese Cooking Wine
2 Cups Coca-Cola
2 Tbsp. Fresh Garlic; Chopped
2 Tbsp. Fresh Green Onions; Chopped
1 Tbsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Salt for taste
Once again, this is a super easy recipe. You pretty much put all the chicken wings into the main cooking pot. Season it with salt and the freshly ground pepper. Then comes the rest of the ingredients. Put everything into the pot. That’s it! Close the lid and lock it into position. Adjust the pressure valve to Airtight. Then program the machine for only 15-minutes. That is pretty much it!
At this time, you can prepare some rice to go with the dish. Or you can go upstairs and watch an episode of HOW DO I LOOK? Which is exactly what I did. I HEART Jeannie Mai!!! Hmmm, maybe I’ll dedicate this recipe to her and her awesome fashion sense!!!
Okay, back to the chicken wings. When the cooking cycle is complete, release all the pressure and open the lid. Give the chicken a good stir and mix in the liquid. Then remove the chicken wings and set aside. Return back to the sauce liquid. Ladle out about half of the liquid and discard. We’re going to reduce the remaining liquid and make the yummy thick sauce.
Press the START button on the machine to start the heating process. This is what I love about this machine, everything gets cooked in just one pot!!! YAY! It means less dishes to wash!!!
To thicken the sauce, add 1-2 Tbsp. of butter and 1-2 Tbsp. of flour. Mix it thoroughly and let it reduce down and thicken to where the sauce will coat a spoon and not drip off immediately. It took about 10-minutes for me.
Once the sauce is thick enough to your liking, you can put all the chicken back into the pot and mix it so it gets a nice sauce bath. Be careful when mixing because the chicken is super soft now and it easily falls right off the bone. All the ugly ones I messed up when I was stirring it around, I immediately picked them out and gobbled them up in one swipe. YUM YUM!!!
I am off to bake some dessert now. Monkey Bread Muffins! Hehehehehe Wouldn’t you like to know!!! Okay fine, I’ll share.
It’s a super fattening dessert that you really do NOT want to make if you are on a diet!!! Click here for the recipe.
Enjoy the chicken wings! I know I did. I think I ate half a dozen in 2-minutes!