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Coca Cola Chicken Drumsticks

Coca Cola chicken drumsticks are marinated in a combination of soda, brown sugar, ketchup, and fresh ginger for a sauce that’s sticky, sweet and yummy.

Coca Cola chicken drumsticks are marinated in a combination of soda, brown sugar, ketchup, and fresh ginger for a sauce that's sticky, sweet and yummy.

Coca Cola Chicken

 

“It’s not soda, it’s not pop–it’s Coke, no matter what brand or flavor.”
-Bon Appétit,
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A word of advice if you show up thirsty in Mississippi – don’t ask for a pop.  Don’t ask for a soda.  Ask for a Coke.  It doesn’t matter if you really want a Sprite or a Dr. Pepper.  We’ll get to that later.

Think of it like this way: How often do you ask for a tissue to wipe your nose?  Or lip balm for your chapped lips?  No, you ask for a Kleenex and some Chap-Stick.  In the South, Coke is more than just a brand.  It’s an all encompassing term used to describe any carbonated, syrup-sweetened beverage.

Last week, cookbook author Martha Hall Foose visited my local library to do a reading from her newest book, A Southerly Course, and a book signing.  Martha’s first cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea not only won a James Beard award, but it is one of my favorite cookbooks.

 

You may wonder how someone does a reading from a cookbook.  No, it did not involve reading recipes aloud.  Martha’s books are intertwined with lovely stories of the South.  Stories so descriptive, that if I didn’t already live here I would want to pack up my things and move here.  Something about her stories makes me want to kick off my shoes, wiggle my toes, and spend an afternoon in a hammock with a glass of lemonade.

I chose this recipe from A Southerly Course because it was marinated in Coke.  Or as Martha refers to it in her book, “Co-Cola.”  Either pronunciation is perfectly acceptable around here.

 

Coca Cola Chicken

 

Coca Cola Chicken
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Coca-Cola Chicken Drumsticks

Coca cola chicken drumsticks are marinated in a combination of soda, brown sugar, ketchup, and fresh ginger for a sauce that's sticky, sweet and yummy.
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle soda
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • Mix together first 10 ingredients in a large bowl or resealable bag. Add chicken and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Remove chicken and reserve remaining marinade. Bring reserved marinade and chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Continue to boil for 15-20 minutes.
  • Arrange drumsticks on a large baking sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes, occasionally basting with reserved marinade mixture, until the skin is brown and crisp and juices run clear.

11 Comments

  1. It should go in the marinade. Sorry for that omission and thanks for pointing that out. I just edited the recipe.

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