A long time ago, in the distant past, I used to enjoy spending time on Nigella.com. At that time there used to be a forum there too, where I would spend time chatting and making friends with other foodies. A big part of that was the sharing of our favourite recipes.
One of the recipes became a family favourite, which we all really enjoy – coca-cola chicken, submitted by Kiwibird.
I’ve tried to find the original recipe on Nigella’s site and to provide you with a link for it, but sadly, the recipe, nor Kiwibird seem to be there anymore and as I’m no longer in touch with Kiwibird and as such unable to ask her permission to share her recipe, I’m hoping that she wouldn’t mind me sharing it with you here.
After all, I’m sure she would be pleased to know that her recipe is loved and made regularly in my family. I know I would be over the moon if some-one said the same about one of my recipes…..
So, here goes, thanks to Kiwibird.
Enough chicken pieces for your whole family (Kiwibird says that about 12 pieces is ideal for the amount of ingredients and that thighs and drumsticks seem to work best**)
4 tbsp dark soy sauce
750 ml coca-cola
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2cm fresh ginger, grated
2 tbsp brown sugar.
Fry the chicken pieces in the oil and soy until browned.
Turn down the heat and add the ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes, take care not to burn the garlic.
Sprinkle over the brown sugar and allow to caramelise.
Pour over about half of the coke and simmer until the coke has reduced, adding more coke until the chicken is cooked (30-40 mins)
Once the chicken is cooked let the sauce reduce down to a thick, syrupy consistency.
Serve over rice. I use Basmati rice, but Kiwibird suggests Sushi rice.
Whichever rice you decide to use, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this immensely!
I steam some cabbage too, it seems to go really nicely with this dish and with Teriyaki chicken which is very similar in taste.
**Last time I made this dish I used skinless and boneless chicken breasts.