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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cola Glazed Baked Wings

I’ve got a bottle of wine and a bag of salty pistachios next to me come getting ready for launch of a brand-new design for SteamyKitchen.com tonight and what do I do? I write a new post just to throw in a little excitement And stress, as if launching a new design wasn’t enough.

But how could I show off the new design if I didn’t have a new recipe to go along with it?  I always say, if you’re gonna get a brand spankin’ new outfit, you must have new shoes to go right with it!

Of the 43 recipes in draft, this is the one that I chose, Virginia Willis’ Cola-Glazed Baked Wings.

I met Virginia about a month ago at IACP Portland, and within seconds of meeting, we were giggling about….oh I don’t even remember! After a couple glasses of wine, chocolate bar and bite after bite of seafood cooked on salt blocks, courtesy of the fabulous Mark Bitterman, selmelier (yes! a salt expert!), specifics were forgotten and all I can say was that a good time was had by all.

Virginia was Martha Stewart’s former kitchen director, and book, Bon Appetit, Y’all: Three Generations of Southern Cooking was an instant hit…and now it’s become one of my favorites. So far, Cola Glazed Baked Wings and Dirty Rice have each been made and ravenously consumed by my family.

How can you not love a woman dressed in nothing but collard greens!? If you have a chance, come and visit her blog. If I lived next door to this lady, I’d never leave her doorstep.

I’m planning a trip to Atlanta soon,  and she doesn’t know it yet, but I’m stopping at her house first to get fed. We vowed that the next time we would see each other, I would teach her more about blogging and she would bake me a pie.

Don’t tell her I’ve got the better end of the deal!

How to make Cola Glazed Baked Wings

Simple ingredients! I bet Dr. Pepper would work just as well.

Simmer the sweet cola sauce:

Stir in as much jalapeno as you want:

Let cool a bit and then toss with wings:

Bake, flip and bake more:

And that’s it!


Virginia Willis' Cola Glazed Wings Recipe

Servings: 4 as appetizer Prep Time: Cook Time:

recipe from Bon Appetit, Y'all: Three Generations of Southern Cooking
I've cut the amount of jalapeno chilies in a recipe (original called for 3 whole chilies) just to tame the heat, but feel free to use as much as you'd like. You can also add some thinly sliced jalapenos with the wings too.


1 cup cola
Juice of 2 limes
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 jalapeno, finely minced (discard the seeds)
2 pounds chicken wings
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper


To make the glaze
In a small sauce pan, bring the soda, lime juice, brown sugar and the minced jalapeno to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer until the mixture is syrupy, about 30 minutes; keep warm over low heat.
To prepare the wings
Cut off the wing tip (reserve the tips to make stock), and separate the wings at the joint. Place the wing pieces in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour about half the glaze over the wings and toss to coat Keep the remaining sauce warm over low heat.
To bake the wings
Position an oven rack 4 inches below the broiler element in the oven. Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the glazed wing on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes per side, brushing twice on each side with the reserved glaze. Transfer to a platter.

77 Responses to “Cola Glazed Baked Wings”

  1. kamran siddiqi — 5/25/10 @ 12:24 am

    Jaden, these wings look amazing! And the site is looking amazing! I was thinking of another word, but I’ll leave that word for twitter ;)

  2. Lauren — 5/25/10 @ 12:25 am

    Jaden! Your redesign is absolutely fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous – and these wings are a fantastic bonus :D.

  3. Looks great!

  4. The site looks absolutely GORGEOUS! Congrats!! Oh yeah, and the wings look great too. :)

  5. Kiran — 5/25/10 @ 12:41 am

    Love the new design Jaden! Envious ;)

    Of course, these baked wings looks so scrumptious!

  6. I really like the new design!

  7. Congrats on the new site design – it’s gorgeous!

    Also, this recipe sounds super easy and really tasty. I hope it’s not too sticky sweet.

  8. Congrats on the new design – you’re moving up in the world! Thesis was getting stale.

    Keep going with the great content!

  9. Wei-Wei — 5/25/10 @ 5:03 am

    I really like your new blog design! This looks delicious. I’ve never tried using soda in cooking before… I’m a bit nervous as to how it would turn out. Did it taste like Coke? :D


  10. Paula — 5/25/10 @ 5:25 am

    it must be so delicious!

  11. Murasaki Shikibu — 5/25/10 @ 5:35 am

    I love these kinds of recipes. We can sit there using very ‘select’ ingredients, making everything from scratch, but there’s a limit to it really. Gotta be practical sometimes! Love your logo. :)

  12. keropokman — 5/25/10 @ 6:28 am

    Love your new site!

    I tried something similar before. It was some bizarre food day where you bring some food to a party.

    Not sure if you remember, there was some kind of Blue Pepsi once upon a time. I used blue pepsi to cook. The chicken came out blue! LOL…

  13. Love the new look! These sound fabulous. Will try for our long weekend!

  14. Katrina — 5/25/10 @ 7:43 am

    These looks great! Your new design is awesome as well :)

  15. Mnoica — 5/25/10 @ 8:52 am

    Love the new look! And these look perfect for this weekend BBQ we have planned.

  16. lily ng — 5/25/10 @ 9:08 am

    just in time for memorial day bbq.

  17. michelle — 5/25/10 @ 9:34 am

    Man, I don’t eat meat but even these look great. Love the new site design!

  18. DessertForTwo — 5/25/10 @ 9:36 am

    Yum! Thanks for sharing a recipe from the amazing ms. willis!

  19. Amy — 5/25/10 @ 9:58 am

    Um, I think I drooled on my keyboard. Yes, these photos actually made my mouth water. Can’t wait to try them. And the new design is lovely!

  20. Lynn — 5/25/10 @ 10:20 am

    The new design looks lovely – clean and fresh. And the wings? Yes, please. And pass me some napkins, too, please. I’m drooling.

  21. Leah — 5/25/10 @ 11:21 am

    Love your new site design and the chicken looks good too!

  22. I’ve eaten cola glazed pork before and it was very tasty. I must try your recipe this time!!

  23. Alta — 5/25/10 @ 1:21 pm

    Love the design! And these wings? While I’m no longer a soda drinker, I think I could definitely squeeze in this recipe!

  24. FoodontheTable — 5/25/10 @ 1:41 pm

    Virginia is great! I met her at an Edible Institute conference in Santa Fe in January. I highly recommend her cookbook! PS Love the new site design.

  25. First off, love the ew look of the site!

    I’ve heard of recipes like this before, but ever had a visual and couldn’t imagine how it would come together into something that i would want to eat. These look amazing though! And I love the idea of trying it with Dr. Pepper. Do you think it could be done with diet soda?

  26. Becky — 5/25/10 @ 4:35 pm

    The site looks amazing…I love it. The wings look amazing! I’m giving them a try this weekend!

  27. bunkycooks — 5/25/10 @ 5:59 pm

    The new site looks great! I went to one of Virginia’s cooking classes in Atlanta several years ago. She was delightful and her wings look incredible. I would definitely leave all the heat in the glaze. I like inferno these days!

  28. Chris — 5/25/10 @ 6:51 pm

    These wings look irresistible. I need to check out the cookbook.
    Love the new look, as well! So fresh and clean looking.

  29. Chris — 5/25/10 @ 7:30 pm

    Those wings look exceptional, Jaden. And like you, I think Dr. Pepper would rock as well. I keep trying to think of something to cook using Red Bull but it eludes me because…..well damn that stuff tastes nasty, don’t know why I keep drinking it.

  30. Jen Da Purse Ho — 5/25/10 @ 8:05 pm

    oooooooh i’m doing this TO-NIGHT!! thanks for sharing this! love the new design and the new logo! very very chic. :)

  31. Sara — 5/25/10 @ 8:36 pm

    YUM!!! Such a great idea..cola glazed wings..genius!!! :)

  32. Tampa Cheryl — 5/25/10 @ 8:46 pm

    Jaden, Love the new site design!!! Great job. The wings look great, too. Well done.

  33. I agree, Jaden. Virginia is fabulous! Love the design and the wings.

  34. notsoblond — 5/25/10 @ 10:37 pm

    Do you think this would work OK with boneless/skinless breasts? That’s all I have in the house right now!

    • SteamyKitchen — 5/25/10 @ 10:41 pm

      hmmm….I don’t know…timing would have to change and I wouldn’t put the rack up high. You’d have to lower temp too. test and let me know how it goes?

  35. notsoblond — 5/25/10 @ 10:49 pm

    Well, I think I’m going to give it a shot. I’ll bake longer and at lower heat. I’ll definitely let you know how it turns out!

  36. April — 5/25/10 @ 11:18 pm

    Love the redesign, Jaden! Specially the turquoise (w/c is my all-time favorite color) buttons that even match your blouse! =) Wings look so yummy! Was wondering though if in your opinion it would taste as good with pork spareribs? I have been looking around for a tasty marinade and this might actually work. Watcha think? Keep up the great work! =)

    • SteamyKitchen — 5/26/10 @ 12:03 am

      Thanks April! Yes – the ribs with this sauce would be divine.
      Here’s what I’d do –

      Bathe the ribs in the cola sauce. No need to marinate, just slather on. Cover w/tin foil. 250F for 4 hours. Then uncover, baste again (with clean marinade that hasn’t touched raw) and bring rack up near top of oven. Broil for 6 minutes. You’ll LOVE it!

  37. nags — 5/26/10 @ 3:22 am

    love the new white clean look. but, isn’t there too much white space next to the logo? (btw, i LOVE the logo!)

  38. Angie — 5/26/10 @ 1:50 pm

    Love the recipe, and your site looks amazing! The logo is very cute!

  39. Happy Cook — 5/27/10 @ 10:59 am

    I am so gonna try this one weekend. Looks so so sticky delicous. I always remove the skin as much as possible form the wings as hubby and daughter don’t like the skin, even though i think the crispy skin is the most delicous part.

  40. Ken — 5/28/10 @ 1:41 pm

    These look great but have a couple questions.

    1) Are you using the broiler or the oven element?

    2) What’s the temp and time on these?


  41. Jane — 5/28/10 @ 5:53 pm

    Love the new site? Any suggestions on using this recipe with chicken thighs?

    • SteamyKitchen — 5/31/10 @ 5:56 am

      You’ll love it w/thighs! Instead of just using broiler, you’ll have to bake. What I would do is marinate bone-in thighs for a couple of hours or overnight. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, then turn and bake another 10 until cooked through.

  42. ArDisBlossom — 6/6/10 @ 10:21 am

    Just like how my mummy made it in the old time~!! =]

  43. Jane — 6/6/10 @ 4:21 pm

    We made this recipe the other night, using chicken thighs (with bone and skin). I marinated in half the glaze for several hours, then basted with the remaining glaze as they baked. As Jaden suggested, I baked at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, turning them once. When they were done, I wanted a crisper skin, so we threw them on the outdoor grill for a few minutes. That did the trick! Very very yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  44. Virginia cooked for my cooking demos here in Kansas City two years in a row. I was such a lucky gal to get to know her and taste her food.

    In fact, Virginia made me (yes, made me) cook an apple crumble for a live tv cooking segment we put her in. I was so scared. I don’t bake and barely cooked back then. So to be fixing a famous chef’s recipe for the finished product shot was terrifying. Luckily it was not only easier than I imagined, it was tasty too.

    I give Virginia a lot of credit for my fearless attitude in the kitchen these days.

    The wings look stellar.

  45. anny — 6/26/10 @ 2:58 pm

    any reason not to ovenroast at 350 for 30-45 mins?

  46. rsp2538 — 7/25/10 @ 11:55 pm

    wow! this looks very nice!

  47. Bridget — 8/4/10 @ 3:12 am

    How tempting is this dish!!

    If people ask what is in the recipe, we really would not know right? because we don’t know what is in coca cola ;))


    Thank you ;)

    Bridget [The Internet Chef]

  48. SocialKim — 8/5/10 @ 11:51 am

    Question: Do you add the cooking oil to the marinade? I’ve re-read the recipe but don’t see where it’s added. I have gone back and forth between thinking it is in the glas and wondering if I’m to coat the chicken wings with it first. Help, por favor! Thinking of making this recipe and the Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings for a gathering this weekend.

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  50. Keliza — 9/5/10 @ 11:51 pm

    I liked this recipe, didn’t have any lime juice so I used some lemon peel and some lemon pepper. Also, I added garlic to it as well. Yum, Yum!

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