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DudeFood Tuesday: chicken in cola

Chicken in cola |
In these dark days before Christmas I always get a little emotional and think back to the early years.
I ponder about what used to be in the DudeFood Kitchen and before you know it my memories take me back in time to the Golden Years.
Those times when you had a White Christmas…every year. Christmases with a lot of snow, like the ones Bing was dreaming of, for sure.
Those were the days. The days when you went to elementary school through the snow.. on bare feet. Those golden days! When you had wooden ships and iron men; instead of the other way around.

Those times when a frying pan was made of cast iron and not some ceramic material with some kind of ‘NASA developed technology’ coating. That kind of coating I’ve never heard of before, until TellSell had to remind me that this coated pan is the premium best thing in the whole wide world. And that my life had been lousy and incomplete until now. And don’t forget the unspoken warning that comes with this message: “Be warned, for the rest of your life will be pitiful and purely impractical for sure if you don’t buy this great pan.”

And just when they pushed me to ‘Call and order. Call NOW!’, for the eighth time in a row, they command me to wait. ‘For if you call and order right away we will provide you the following bonus products.’
Nowadays I only see commercial in which somebody wants to sell me things I don’t need. And all commercials are competing in being the king or queen of deception. In the old days even advertisments were much more honest and even Dudelike. Advertisements told you bluntly what it was and how it tasted in a straight and manly way.

Old Dick

In the old days you could still eat chicken without a second thought.
Without needing to know where that chicken did come from, because they all came from the poultry store, right?
And don’t get me started about things like salmonella and bird flu. Thinking about the early days makes me hungry. Hungry for a little snack, something savory… from the oven. I’ll make some sticky chicken drumsticks in cola.
Makes me think about the days that I still liked cola…

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Chicken in cola |
Chicken in cola
Prep Time
10 mins

In the photo you can see larger bits of chicken, but if you use smaller if will work better Also the original recipe states 750 ml of cola which is a bit too much and doesn't evaporate enough

Servings: 4
  • 1 kg chicken drumsticks or chickenwings cut at the joints
  • 500 ml cola
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 large brown onion grated
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 red chili finely chopped
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 140°C fan forced.
  2. Combine cola, sugar, garlic, onion, red chili and soy in a bowl.
  3. Season the drumsticks/chickenwings well with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper
  4. Arrange chicken wings in a single layer in a deep oven tray and pour over cola mixture.
  5. Bake for 3-3.5 hours or until sauce is thick and very sticky.

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  1. When you get to be my age, you shouldn’t tempt me with Old Dick. Just saying…

    Your chicken in cola looks better than mine did but mine tasted really good. I need to make it again. 🙂

  2. Hi – does this really have to bake for 3 hours?

    • Well it doesn’t have to but if you want fall of the bone, sticky sweet chicken than yes, it does… 🙂 it takes a while for the cola to evaporate so that’s part of the reason it takes so long. You want it to be really sticky!

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