Jun 13

Coca-Cola Baked Chicken Wings

Baked Chicken Wings

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!

Baked Chicken Wings -- don't miss these crispy Coca-Cola baked chicken wings smothered in a delicious sweet and tangy sauce, PERFECT for game day and beyond! | unsophisticook.com

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!

Coca-Cola Baked Chicken Wings

Yield: 3 lbs. chicken wings

Coca-Cola Baked Chicken Wings


    For the wings:
  • 2-3 lbs. chicken wings or wingettes
  • salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 can Coca-Cola (12-oz.)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 medium vidalia onion, chopped into small pcs.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


    For the wings:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boiling on the stovetop, and season it with salt as if you were cooking pasta. Add the chicken wings to the boiling water, and parboil for 7-8 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken wings from the water and place them on a wire cooling rack to drip dry. Pat them completely dry with some paper towels, and place the wire rack with the wings on top of a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the wings for 25 minutes at 450 degrees. Baste the wings with the Coca-Cola sauce, and place them back in the oven to bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Place the wings on a platter and pour the rest of the sauce over top. Serve warm.
  6. For the sauce:
  7. In a medium saucepan, combine the Coca-Cola, brown sugar, onion, garlic, soy sauce, and chipotle powder, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  8. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce, and simmer until the sauce thickens.


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.

Baked Chicken Wings -- don't miss these crispy Coca-Cola baked chicken wings smothered in a delicious sweet and tangy sauce, PERFECT for game day and beyond! | unsophisticook.com

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!

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by Tara | 1 comment

  • Ashley

    I really liked the sauce in this recipe but not the texture of the parboiled chicken. For those who prefer a crispier skin on your wings, I suggest skipping that step, turn the temperature down to 425, cooking the wings a little longer to crisp the skin, and then pick the recipe up at step 4.

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