Spicy Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

I was asked by WJZ-TV to come on air and talk about interesting Super Bowl food.  I love classic Buffalo Wings, but this odd preparation is a twist on the standard fried and hot sauce style of wings.  I tweaked the original recipe and made a test batch and the restaurant staff went wild over them.  Give them a try…

Recipe after the jump… Recipe: Spicy Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

Serves 4

2 pounds chicken wings, wings and drummettes separated

1/2 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons canola oil

¼ cup dry sherry

1 cup Coca-Cola

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

2-3 dried red chili peppers (optional)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar

2 scallions, chopped

A few pinches of freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Put the chicken wings in a large bowl and pour half of the soy sauce on top. Turn the wings so they are well-coated and allow them to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature.

2. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, sear the chicken wings until they are dark golden brown on each side but not cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. Pour in the other half of the soy sauce, sherry, Coca Cola, garlic, chili flakes & peppers, cayenne, and salt and bring the liquid to a simmer. Cook the wings in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, basting occasionally, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze and the wings are fully cooked.

3. Carefully remove the wings from the oven.  Add the vinegar, scallions and black pepper and stir to coat all the wings.  Transfer the chicken to a plate and serve.

(Recipe adapted from this website: http://goo.gl/iTnmV)

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