I'm intrigued by recipes that use odd ingredients -- so soda and chicken...yeah, that fits the bill. I used Pepsi Cola but I'm sure Coca-cola (a.k.a., Coke) or other cola would work.
The original recipe called for chicken breasts but I opt for dark meat to make it more fool-proof, plus the kids love their drumsticks.
The result was a mild barbecue sauce that kids and adults loved.
I left the skins on with the hope of adding more flavor but it just seemed to also leave me with a lot of grease to spoon out later so I guess if you removed the skins you'd have less work later. OR if you want to take it to another level, I would do what I do with my Three Cup Chicken and sear the meat first -- 2 minutes on each side. Then throw in the braising ingredients. I suspect this will cut your cooking time by about 10 or 15 minutes -- which is about how long you'd taking browning that chicken...so I guess, over all, it breaks even.
- BRAISING LIQUID
- 2 cups Pepsi
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- about 6 pieces of chicken*
- 1 Tablespoon corn starch (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon water (optional)
- *I used an entire "max-pack" from my grocery store (9 chicken thighes), no problem.
Put braising liquid ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a boil.
When butter melts, add chicken and cover. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove chicken, cover, and set aside.
Increase heat and reduce sauce by half. While sauce reduces, skim fat and scum from top.
If desired, you can mix the corn starch and water and add to the reduced sauce to further thicken.
Add chicken back into the pot to coat with sauce and then place it in a serving platter.