I have to admit that I was feeling lazy the day I made these. There are times where I really don’t feel like cooking or following a recipe. Today was definitely one of those days.
Well, this was a recipe that was supposed to be easy, then it went terribly wrong and then it became so very right. I really wanted a simple easy recipe that I could just ignore and gorge on.
However, due to a recipe that didn’t turn out at all (Curse you allrecipes), I managed to salvage them into something amazing and beautiful. Even the sauce is amazing! This is something I would definitely turn to if my house was lacking in bbq sauce. It was so lusciously thick and gooey.
This is something that requires napkins. Plenty of napkins.
I didn’t have high hopes for them when they were ready. But sometimes it is good to be pessimistic because when it goes right, you are always pleasantly surprised! (Also, I have been following the Community Sub Reddit way too closely and I can’t help but quote Dan Harmon on the possibility of the show’s revival.)
Pleasantly Surprised Sticky Cola Wings!
3 lbs of wings (I kept the tips because I grew up eating the tips)
1 ½ cups of cola (or one can. Approximations here)
¼ cup of light soy sauce
¼ cup of sugar of your choice (I used honey)
*It should be noted that when I made these, I didn’t really think things through. Retrospectively, the sauce created would be great with some roasted garlic, sriracha or some fresh thai chilis. Make this your own. This recipe is only a base for you to experiment with.
In a saucier/small pot, on low heat, stir cola, soy sauce and sugar until the sugar is disolved. Since I used honey, I was able to skip this step.
Allow sauce to cool and pour the sauce over the chicken wings in a shallow roasting pan and let it marinate for 30 mins or over night, ideally. (I was lazy and skipped this step too)
Place roasting pan in a 325 degree oven for about 1 ½ hours
Take the roasting pan out and pour the sauce and juices into a small pot and reduce. Put the wings back in the oven at 300 degrees. *If you are adding other flavourful ingredients, this might be the appropriate time to add them. (I wish I had sauteed some garlic and onions with the reduction)
When reduced to a syrupy consistency, pour the sauce over the wings. Place back in the oven for about 30 minutes to finish off the caramelizing.