Sunday, June 26, 2011

Coca Cola Chicken

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I am SO behind on visiting my favorite blogs that I am sure you all think something's happened to me. I assure you I am still around. But I've been so busy that sometimes I feel like my head is spinning! I just started visiting blogs over the weekend and I still haven't covered all of them! My Google Reader is overflowing, and I can't believe how many yummy recipes I have missed out on seeing!

Well, visiting the remaining blogs is going to have to wait two more days, because we are heading to the beach for a couple of days. We leave Monday morning and we're back Tuesday evening. Not a long trip, and we do have a work thing there on Monday evening, but at least it's by the beach! I am so looking forward to it! I can't believe how much luggage we have for just ONE night away from home, but I guess that's inevitable with a toddler to pack for! And I still think there's something I've forgotten to pack... Sigh!


Before I leave, I want to share this recipe that I made last week. It is one I've made before, but this was the first time I managed to get some (not-so-great) pictures! This tastes really yummy, and reminds me so much of the kind of food we used to eat when we lived in Singapore!


For this recipe, I use Coca Cola, and I honestly don't  know if Pepsi would work the same. But I really don't think the 'diet' variants would work at all.

Coca Cola Chicken
Ingredients
1/2 kg chicken pieces (around 1 pound)
300ml Coca Cola
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp julienned ginger
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1-4 dried red chillies (I used 4)
1 tbsp sesame oil

Method
1. In a large bowl, marinate the chicken pieces with the coca cola, ketchup, lemon juice and soy sauce for at least an hour.
2. In a large saucepan/wok, heat the vegetable oil, and stir fry the ginger and garlic until the garlic just softens.
3. Remove the chicken from the marinade, and stir fry the pieces of chicken along with the ginger and garlic until lightly browned.
4. Pour in the marinade, add the red chillies and cover the wok. Cook until the chicken is tender.
5. Cook on a high flame until the juices reduce to form a thick, sticky sauce. If you want more sauce, don't let it reduce, but just thicken it by adding one tablespoon of cornflour mixed with some water.
5. Taste the sauce, and add more soy sauce if more salt is needed. I even added a wee bit of brown sugar because I thought it needed to be a little sweeter(!!!).
6. Stir in the sesame oil, and serve with steamed rice and vegetables.


I have made this with boneless thigh pieces too. For that recipe, I brown the pieces slightly, remove them from the wok, add the sauce & cook it down until thick. Then I add in the chicken pieces and cook until the pieces are tender. The original is tastier because we all know how much of the flavor is in the bones!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It is sticky, sweet, salty, spicy and fragrant. I really love it. I must admit that my husband is not a very big fan of this recipe. He finds it too sweet, but my daughter and I gladly ate up every single bit, and there were no leftovers.

We're off to the beach now! See you later this week! :)

Thanks to all those who entered the giveaway. I will draw the names when I get back and will announce the results on Wednesday! I can't wait to see which two lucky commenters won a copy of Jill Colonna's Mad about Macarons!
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35 comments:

Kathleen S said...

I love the sound of this!

Gitusabu said...

I love this! I remember experimenting with coco cola chicken last year and loved it!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Oh don't feel bad...same here I've been so busy running around like a headless chicken.  Sorry I haven't been visiting you much.  This chicken looks easy and delicious - just what I need it right now... Have fun and relax at the beach! 

Three-Cookies said...

Thats a very interesting name. Pepsi chicken does not sound too bad either, I am sure Pepsi will work. Diet coke chicken sounds boring!

Maris Callahan said...

This looks really really good. Have a great time at the beach!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

why is it that coke makes everything tastes better? That chicken looks so sweet and savory, rich and delicious and I imagine it falls right off the bone! Wow! My husband would love this! Thanks for the best recipe everR!

Anna Petralia said...

OMG !  Cola with chicken sounds fantastic!  I love your site and just came upon it the first time!  I love your food and recipes and would like to try some of them! thanks ;)

Anna Petralia said...

www.2sistersrecipes.com   Wow!  I just came across your site and I want to try Cola with chicken , sounds great!
Love your food and recipes as well! Thanks, :)

Galexi Cupcakes said...

Coca cola chicken, is that like chicken and caffeine?? Loving it!! J

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

This sounds so good - great flavors - and coke! Got to try this one.  have a wonderful time away!
Mary

Jill Colonna said...

Oh Marsha, these days on the beach sound what dreams are made of.  Speaking of dreams, your chicken dish is definitely a dream dish, too.  I adore how it's so easy and never heard of using coca-cola in a chicken sauce before.  Just fabulous!  Enjoy your time with the family and don't be so hard on yourself! J xo

Kate said...

This looks delicious.  I love the sweet ingredient for a savory meal.  Great job!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

What an interesting recipe!  I have heard that cola is a great tenderizer...

Galexi Cupcakes said...

Coca cola chicken, is that like chicken and caffeine?? Loving it!! J

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Kathleen :) Thanks for stopping by...

theharriedcook said...

Yes! Now that I think about it, I think I started making this only after you mentioned it to me! I should have given you credit for the idea! It is yummy isn't it :)

theharriedcook said...

Thanks, Nami! :) I did have fun at the beach. Didn't relax much between running after my daughter and keeping up with my husband :) LOL still tired but happy after all that wonderful sea breeze! Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

LOL I like the thought process here :) Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Maris! I did :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you! :) It was yummy and very tender... Couldn't sell it to my husband though! :) Thanks for stopping by & leaving a kind comment :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you so much, Anna! I wish your profile had your link so I could visit you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Ah! There it is! :) LOL I hope you enjoy this recipe! :) Thanks for stopping by & leaving this thoughtful comment!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Mary! :) I did have a wonderful time! :) 

theharriedcook said...

Jill! You should visit :) I'll take you for a week on the beach :) Thanks for your thoughtful comment about this dish! It really is easy and so yummy... Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Thanks, Kate! I love chicken dishes with sweet-savory sauces, and so this one is perfect for me! :)

theharriedcook said...

Really? I hadn't heard that, but it makes sense... The chicken really was very tender! Thanks for stopping by, Xiaolu! :)

theharriedcook said...

LOL :D Chicken and caffeine sounds like the chicken's been smoking :) haha... Thanks, Jackie!

bakerbynature said...

This looks like it would have some great flavor going on, love it!

elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds said...

I have heard about the Coca Cola chicken but have never tried it. It must be so tender, juicy and delicious. So sad about you not having fresh blueberries in your area. The frozen blueberries are quite nice, as well, and you get the same results (almost)

Manu said...

This looks so yummy!  I have never eaten coca cola chicken before but I like the idea!  :-)  Hope you are having fun at the seaside! :-)

Terris @ Free Eats said...

I'll be this is extremely flavorful.  A great week night meal idea!  I'm glad you had a quick getaway to the beach.  I just browsed the pics and it looks like everyone had a great time and such a lovely spot.  Your daughter is adorable too!
 

theharriedcook said...

It does! Thanks for stopping by :)

theharriedcook said...

Sadly, we don't get frozen blueberries either! Only dried ones... and even those cost an arm and a leg... :) Thanks for your thoughtful comment, and thanks for stopping by! :)

theharriedcook said...

Thanks, Manu! It was yummy... Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Thanks, Terris! It is a quick meal to put together :) Yes, we did have a great getaway, especially my little girl! :) Thanks for stopping by... 

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