Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Coca Cola Chilli Chicken

I'm not a Coca Cola drinker, I'm a Coca Cola eater. I have never sipped on a glass of Cola but I've thrown it in my slow cooker with a pork shoulder to make Slow Cooker Cola Pulled Pork Burritos without a single thought. Cooking with Cola feels a bit naughty... and I kinda like it.

Coca Cola Chilli Chicken
slightly adapted from Billy Law's Have You Eaten?
Serves 4

500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon corn flour
4 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
5cm piece fresh ginger root, finely grated
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
385ml Coca Cola
2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
Handful coriander leaves
Handful of unsalted cashews, roasted
Extra thinly sliced red chilli for garnish
1 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 1 tablespoon water to make a cornflour slurry

Put the chicken into a bowl and add the cornflour, 2 tablespoons of the light soy sauce and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Heat the peanut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chilli, ginger and garlic and cook for a minute. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. 

Pour the Coca Cola into the frying pan. Add the dark soy sauce and the remaining light soy sauce and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Increase the heat and add the cornflour slurry and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly. Turn off the heat and spoon the chicken and its sauce into a serving bowl. Top with coriander leaves, extra chilli and roasted cashews.


  1. It does feel a little naughty :) I love the idea of this chicken, and I have one Coca Cola and chicken loving man who will love the taste of it :) I'm betting this would freeze well too for leftover lunches.
    I must admit, I am partial to a Diet Coke with Lime when I am out for lunch :)

  2. I'm curious to taste this chicken! My boyfriend really likes soft drinks so in a recipe? He'll love it :)

  3. I love this, looks naughty and spicy. Great recipe

  4. Love this. I've pinned it and will let you know how it goes.

  5. Oh, I have avoided jumping on to the coca cola on meat train but not anymore. I love this!

  6. Had this the other day , so simple to make but so nice to eat.

  7. Can this be made with chicken breast also

  8. Can this be made with chicken breast also?

  9. I came across your blog while looking for some chilli chicken recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye on your post.