To say that my husband loves wings would be an understatement... If we're dining out, nine times out of ten, he orders wings with his meal.
So when I was flipping through a cookbook at Walmart recently and ran across a recipe for baked chicken wings made with Coca-Cola, I just knew I had to put it on the menu for Father's Day! Of course I had to do a trial run first -- you know, just to make sure they taste as good as they sound...
And it's a good thing I did. Don't get me wrong, the first batch of baked chicken wings was good. But they weren't the out-of-this-world good that I really wanted to achieve.
While I give the original baked chicken wings recipe high marks for ease of preparation, it called for baking the wings in the sauce, which left the wings a little overcooked and gummy. With a little research, I learned that parboiling the wings first makes them extra crispy, so I figured I'd give that a try. I also baked them on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet for good measure, coating them in the sauce for the last five minutes.
Finally, I prepared the Coca-Cola sauce entirely on the stovetop (instead of just finishing it on the stovetop) while the chicken wings were baking. All in all, my method is a little more hands-on, but the total preparation and cooking time is actually much shorter. And the results are worth it!
The Coca-Cola in the baked chicken wings sauce gives it a sweet, tangy flavor, similar to a teriyaki. I added about a teaspoon of chipotle powder because my husband likes some heat, but if you prefer a milder, less spicy flavor, feel free to omit it. Either way, it's a fantastic combination!
adapted from The Coca-Cola Cookbook
P.S. If your husband is a soccer fan, look for these special World Cup Soccer 12-packs of Coca-Cola! My husband wasn't much of a fan until my oldest daughter started playing club soccer, but he's really been trying to learn more about the game for her sake.
As you can imagine, she was thrilled to see these limited edition cans. We've been watching as many of the games as we can as a family, and we're looking forward to seeing the U.S. Men's Team take on Ghana this Monday!