I know from the title that coca-cola chicken sounds totally crazy. Some of you might be thinking what the hell is that – why would you mix coca-cola with chicken? But whilst it does sound strange it is actually one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. This recipe was inspired by the one and only Nigella Lawson and I equally thought it was strange when I first heard of it. However, because I love and trust Nigella I decided to try it out myself; and boy was I happy that I did. Nigella is one of my idols; I love how she tries out so many different recipes and makes really amazing no fuss food – this being one of them. Like me, Nigella is not one to count calories, she effortlessly blends food and flavours that might seem a little bizarre, but there is a “method to her madness”; besides that’s what cooking is all about…
…Anyway back to the food, if you hadn’t already guessed it coca-cola chicken is literally, chicken cooked in coca-cola; it is of the sweet and sour variety and goes perfectly with noodles or rice, or a bed of delicious veggies. The flavours will literally burst in your mouth, but the best part of it all is how easy it is to make this delicacy.
Preparation & Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 500 ml Coca-Cola
- 125 ml soy sauce (optional)
- 4 chicken pieces (with or without the skin)
- salt (to taste)
- Chilli flakes (optional)
Marinate your chicken with salt and other spices (if you are using them). Place the chicken pieces in a frying pan. Add the coca-cola and soy sauce. Cook on medium heat, turning pieces often. Eventually, the liquid will evaporate, and will form a glaze on the chicken. Cook until most of the liquid is gone. Be very careful to keep a close eye on the chicken, because towards the end the liquid evaporates quickly and it can burn very easily. It takes about 30 minutes to cook.
And there you have it….Yes it really is that simple. The spring onions and chilli flakes just add that extra bit of flavour, but the coca-cola and soy sauce offer up enough exciting flavour. Try this with delicious noodles, or egg fried rice; you will be sure to enjoy it.
Kanta Temba is a cake maker and decorator. She is also the owner and founder of Kanta Kakes – cake shop.
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