Coca-Cola chicken wings is a simple Chinese dish that everyone in Hong Kong have eaten before. It is a very common and popular homemade dish. How did someone think of cooking chicken wings with coca-cola? I don’t have a clue. One thing I do know for sure is that coca-cola is something special in Hong Kong back in the days. We didn’t drink coca-cola (and soda) day in and day out. It was always for important days of the year, like birthdays, parties and weddings. Sweet and bubbly. I cherished every soda that I had. Of course, I drink soda much more often these days, but this chicken wings dish is still special in my heart.
Not only the wings are tasty, this dish only takes 7 ingredients to make, and I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry. The wings were seared in a hot pan. Braised in the coca-cola and soy sauce. The liquid reduced down to a syrup and made a beautiful glaze on the wings. Little sweet with a great balance from the savory soy sauce. These wings are very addictive! Serve with steamed rice and some vegetables. Dinner is set!
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
- 3 ginger slices peeled
- 18 - 20 chicken wings or drumettes
- 10 ounces Coca-Cola
- 2½ teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- vegetable oil
- In a large pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil and add the ginger slices. Cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken wings and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.
- Add Coca-Cola, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove cover. Turn the heat up to high. Reduce the sauce until slightly thicken, about 10 minutes, turning the wings every once a while.
- In another large pan over medium-high heat, warm ½ tablespoon oil. Transfer the wings without the sauce to the pan and sear for 1 - 2 minutes on each side until the skins are a bit caramelized. Place the cooked wings on a serving plate. Serve immediately.
- Dark soy sauce is not the same as regular soy sauce. It can't be substitute. You can find it in Chinese grocery store or from Amazon.
- Keep a close eye on the wings for the last step. The wings can get burnt easily.
- Serve the chicken wings with steamed rice as a meal.
- Do not throw away the sauce. It's perfect with steamed rice.
Bonnie Eng says
What a great recipe…I didn’t know everyone in HK has eaten these! Now I must make them…they look absolutely yummy Lokness!
Thank you Bonnie! Yea, it is a quick and easy dish, so all moms in HK love making this dish. I hope you will like them. Have a good week!
These look so tasty! I’ve never tried making wings with pop before but it sounds so flavorful! My husband is a big fan of wings so can’t wait to try this next time for him 🙂
Thanks, Kelly! The coke gave the wings some sweetness. Kids would really love these! Enjoy!
Haha, this is my favorite. The color with soy sauce is perfect.
Thanks Elaine! Gotta love the magic of dark soy sauce to create that beautiful color on the wings!
This is such a classic staple to Hong Kong meals! Thanks for sharing!
It truly is a Hong Kong classic! Comforting and easy! Thanks Betty!