Thursday, April 29, 2010

COKE Chicken : A recipe everyone would love.

I was in Dalian City, China when I first tried this recipe.  I am a big fan for any dish with sauces.  "COKE Chicken" is one of my latest favorite.  I have to give credit to my Chinese good friend, Gloria (her English name) for teaching me how to cook this wonderful, mouth-watering dish.  She wasn't a good cook -- but whatever, she taught me a good way of preparing this dish.

Ingredients  :
Chicken (chicken wings are what Chinese prefer)
Star Anise
green onion stalks - sliced
ginger  - sliced (I love ginger so I use a big one)
cooking oil (about 3 tbsp)
soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
sugar (2 tbsps)
dried red chili peppers (optional -- if you want a bit of spice)

How to cook  :   
(Note  :  This was how I was taught and how I do it --  
this recipe has different ways of preparing it.)
1.  In a pan, add oil and saute green onion stalks and ginger.
2.  Add chicken.
3.  Add star anise and stir in 1/4 cup of soy sauce.
4.  Stir until soy sauce and chicken is mixed and having a brownish color.
5.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
6.  Add coca-cola (just enough to cover all the chicken).
7.  Boil until chicken is cooked and add sugar. (make sure that there is more than enough coke mixture left for sauce).  
8.  Add 4 tbsp soy sauce for final sauce.
9.  Remove from heat when sauce is thick and dark reddish in color (please see picture).
10. Serve hot.  Best with rice.  

My girls has been a bit picky with the food they eat.  However,  this is one recipe they love.  I was told, that you can substitute chicken with other meat.  For Filipinos, this is a cross between the all time favorite "adobo" and "humba".  Try it and I'm pretty sure your family would love it.  Oh, this can be garnished with chopped green onion leaves -- and I've tried adding cashew nuts, once.  Turned out very nice.


  1. I had already planned to make chicken with broccoli and brown rice tomorrow. I think I'm going to try out this chicken recipe.
    Thanks you so much.

  2. thanks -- you'll never regret it.

  3. Hi Abeth! Advance happy Mothers Day! Try ko nga yan para naman maiba! It's been awhile busy ka sa kids?

  4. This sounds very delicious. One question...What is Star Anise?

  5. star anise is that dry spice commonly used in Chinese dishes.
    Star anise is the seed pod of an evergreen tree (Illicium Verum) grown in southwestern China and Japan. It is about one inch high with eight segments and a dark brown rust color. Also called
    star aniseed, badiane or Chinese star anise.

    Wish that helped.