chilli cola chicken

by Sam on October 30, 2012

chilli cola chicken

I first saw this recipe on a fabulous Australian blog – Cook Republic – which I recently discovered. Its created by the talented Sneh Roy who I have also connected with on Twitter. This post had me at cola.

I have always been intrigued by the use of coke in recipes, and last Christmas I cooked a gammon in cola which went down very well. Coke is an interesting drink that has a few layers of highly- guarded- secret – flavour. I have read that this includes cherry, vanilla and lime? It really does work with in certain dishes.

This recipe sounded so delicious, I had to try it. Its also very easy to whip up, thus making it a truly fabulous midweek supper meal.

chilli cola chicken

I wanted to get permission to publish the recipe and as luck would have it, the author of the book from where it comes was in South Africa a couple of weeks ago. He also happened to meet a friend of mine while he was here, so I was able to not only get the permission, but I also got to see a copy of the book which has not yet been released in South Africa.

Billy Law was a contestant on the the third season of Australian Masterchef, and his book ‘Have you Eaten’ is born out of his fabulous food blog - A Table for Two (the link I have attached is taken from Billy’s recent trip to South Africa). The book  is vibrant, full of life and a hard copy manifestation of his blog.

We have not as yet seen the 3rd season of Australia Masterchef, which in my opinion is the best out of all the countries versions I have seen. I don’t even know how far Billy got in the competition, but I do know that if it doesn’t come to our TV’s, I will make a plan to get hold of this season. By all accounts its brilliant.

Recipe for Billy’s chilli cola chicken. | serves 4

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons cornflour (I used 2 as per Sneh’s adaptation)
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 5cm piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 small red chili, finely sliced (I used 2)
  • handful of toasted cashew nuts
  • handful of sliced spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons peanut (or vegetable) oil
  • 330ml bottle of cola

Place the chicken in a plastic bag or in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of the light soy sauce (I didn’t have light and dark soy, used Kikkomen for all the soy requirements) and cornflour. Mix and allow to marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes or longer if you have time.

Heat oil in a wok or non stick frying pan and sauté the chicken for a few minutes until browned all over. Add the ginger, garlic and chili. Sauté for another minute. Add the remaining soy sauces and cola. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is slightly thick and sticky.

Top with the toasted cashew nuts and spring onions and serve with steamed Basmati or Jasmine rice.

While re-looking at my pics, I think I reduced the sauce a lot further than Sneh did, but it was lip-smackingly delicious and will become a regular feature around here. I added an extra chilli because I wanted to be quite fiery. The other interesting thing, is the recipe is not as sweet as you might think, the soy really balances that out.

Thanks for sharing this Billy.

Oh and *PS – I have styled this recipe in these lovely matt black bowls from Diana Ferreira’s range of unique tableware. You can visit her website to see her work and find out where she retails her products.

chilli cola chicken

chilli cola chicken

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine @ Cooking Crusade October 31, 2012 at 1:03 am

Looks stunning! I love the idea of using cola in a recipe like this too.. I need to try it out :)

Sam October 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

Hi Christine, this recipe is highly recommended. Enjoy!

Daniella Oosthuizen October 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

Sounds delish! Will defs be givng it a try! Even better Im thinking a get together with the girls soon……..?

Sam October 31, 2012 at 9:02 am

Hi Danz, divine! :-) this is very easy (and not too sweet) and the perfect “bookclub’ supper.

Kim Maxwell October 31, 2012 at 9:04 am

Sam Cola isn’t something I’ve ever been wild about using in recipes. But I love the Asian twist here. Certainly looks worth a try.

suzanne Perazzini October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

You had me at cola too. It’s my drink, though I do limit it to one can a day. I love Australian Masterchef but I’m not sure where we are in the series here in New Zealand but I have seen Billy’s season.

Jess October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

Ooo, looks yummy! I used cola for the first time last week when I made rum and cola ribs. :D

Louise October 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

Sounds delcious! I have to try it! :-)

Sam October 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hi Jess, rum and cola ribs sound awesome :-)

Sam October 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Hi Suzanne, I’m going to have to try and get my hands on a copy of the 3rd season of MC oz. Now sure why we are not getting them anymore, maybe because we produce our own these days.

Olivier November 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

hey Sam! I’m sure your friend has a name. LOL!
I finally got round to making it myself, direct from the book I might add. *wink* Loved it! I added a little extra cola just to make it a bit more of the sauce and my friend loved it. Its definitely one of those easy ‘go to’ recipes, no mess no fuss.

Sam November 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

Sorry O, wasn’t sure if I should keep it private :-). Its a fun recipe isn’t it. I will add a bit more coke next time to to get more sauce and sweetness.

Sam November 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

Kim, you must try this recipe, its so easy and the perfect family mid week supper. Crowd pleaser, get your rice going at the same time, and you will have a meal better than any Chinese take away.

Jacqui November 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Going to try this one this week Sammie xxx

Jacqui November 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

PS your FB sharing is caring link is not working…

Sam November 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Jacqui, is that the one at the bottom of the post?

Isabella November 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for the recipe…..can’t wait to try it,……and love the amazing black bowls!!! x

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