Coca-Cola Chicken Wings Recipe


Equal parts sweet and savory, these Coca-Cola chicken wings will surely hit the spot. The sauce calls for Coca-Cola, soy sauce and tomato paste, resulting in a sticky and satisfying glaze. You can pair the wings with rice or serve them as an appetizer — you really can’t go wrong!

Finished Coca-Cola chicken wings

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Things You’ll Need

  • 2 pounds chicken wings

  • 12 ounces Coca-Cola (1 to 1 1/2 cans depending on the size)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons cold water

  • Sliced scallions or sesame seeds

  • Oil

Ingredients for Coca-Cola chicken wings

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and then place a wire rack on top. Pat the chicken wings dry, lay them on the rack and brush them with oil.

Chicken wings on baking sheet

Step 2

Bake the chicken wings for 20 minutes and then flip them and brush them with oil. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy.

Baked chicken wings

Step 3

Once you flip the chicken wings, start making the sauce. Combine the Coca-Cola, brown sugar, minced garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce and onion powder in a large pan. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until thick, about 10 minutes.

Combine sauce ingredients

Step 4

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and cold water. Whisk to create a slurry.

Mix cornstarch and cold water

Step 5

Add the slurry to the sauce. Whisk well and continue heating until thick, or until it’s the consistency of thin syrup.

Whisk sauce


If the sauce isn’t thickening, it means the ingredients haven’t gotten hot enough. Bring the mixture to a boil, making sure it bubbles, and then reduce the heat. Also, the sauce will thicken as it cools.

Step 6

Add the cooked chicken wings to the pan. Toss to coat them in sauce.

Toss chicken wings in sauce

Step 7

Transfer the wings to a serving plate and garnish them with sliced scallions, sesame seeds or both.

Finished Coca-Cola chicken wings

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