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Thursday, November 30, 2006

The new Coca Cola Chicken

Spyk Enjoying A Drink by mary cabbie from flickr (CC-NC-ND)When I started cooking, I had absolutely no idea what I'm going to prepare. I just looked around the kitchen for things that seemed to fit. It's hard to explain what exactly was in my mind when I selected the ingredients, but they seemed to be somehow right. The result tasted great !

  • 500g chicken breast, in small pieces (about 2-3cm cubes, like for Chinese cuisine)
  • 480ml (1 bottle) "hot" ketchup
  • 500ml (2 cups) Coca Cola or Pepsi
  • 3 medium tangerines (250g), in pieces
  • 3 tablespoons (50ml) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) Garam Masala
  • half teaspoon (2g) monosodium glutamate
Mix everything in a pot and cover with aluminium foil. Put the pot in a hot oven for about 60 minutes. Serve with rice.

That's the recipe. Now on my intuitions.

Aluminium foil or some other cover is important. Ketchup is thick, so the sauce is medium thick before the baking, and if baked without cover, water would evaporate very quickly, and the sauce would be very thick. As sugar does not evaporate with the water, it would also become too sweet. It's definitely uncenessary to add extra thickeners like starch.

To make the dish less sweet, lower amount of ketchup and coke to about 350ml (1.5 cup). I think it might be a good idea to start with these lower values, and go up only if you want something more. It's too sweet to be eaten without something like rice.

Any fruit can be added, as long as its taste is not too strong, as it shouldn't dominate the dish. Some vegetables like tomatoes and onions would do as well. Adding either honey or jam would do - I think version without fruit would be better with a lot of jam (like 150ml or 2/3 cup), version with fruit would be better with a bit of honey (like 50ml or 3 tablespoons). It's probably better to use a single-fruit jam.

Then of course we need some "generic" spicing. Depending on how you feel, curry, or some other Indian cuisine spice mix (like garam masala) would be right. You can try your own mixes, with spices like ginger and garlic. Adding either chili or significant amount of soy sauce would probably require modifying other parts of the recipe. It should be at least a bit spicy.

The dish is going to be pretty mild. I used "hot" ketchup, because for some reason in stuff they sell in Europe, label "extra hot" means "hot", "hot" means "mild", and "mild" means "no taste at all". I've heard that in some countries they actually got it right, in which case you can use normal ketchup.

I didn't add salt (even to rice) or anything salty, as I don't like salty food much. If you feel otherwise, a bit of salt or soy sauce should be compatible with the recipe, but not too much.

The ingredients have fairly strong taste, but they blend and become milder with cooking, so don't worry.

For more extreme version of Coca Cola Chicken, take a look at this Youtube movie:


Anonymous said...

Also know as Cochicken

Anonymous said...

wooow! wonderful article and many thanks