The big game is only a few days away. If you’re planning a party to watch the gridiron giants throw down in Minnesota, you’re going to need some game day snacks. A pile of wings covered in a sweet and spicy Coca-Cola Hot Sauce is just the ticket to keep all your football fans happy from opening kick-off to the final play of the game. This recipe makes two dozen wings with layers of flavor and finishes them off with a deep, rich sauce that might just distract you from football.
- baking sheet
- aluminum foil
- wire rack
- cooking spray
- 3 gallon size resealable plastic bags
- paper towels
- microwave safe bowl (holds at least 2 cups)
- medium sauce pan
- large heat-proof bowl (metal mixing bowl)
- 24 chicken wings
- 2/3 cup hot sauce, +1/2 tablespoon
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce, +1/2 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Coca-Cola Hot Sauce
- 12 oz can of Coca-Cola
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/3 cup hot sauce
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
To Make the Baked Wings
Prep the Pan
Line the baking sheet with foil. Coat the wire rack generously with cooking spray, then place on the lined baking sheet.
Prep the Wings
If you have whole wings, separate the wing from the drum stick. Discard the wing tip.
Using paper towels, pat the wings dry.
In a gallon size resealable bag, thoroughly mix 1/2 tablespoon hot sauce, 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper. Toss the wings and drumsticks into the bag, then shake and rub until all of the wings and drumsticks are coated. This first coat adds the base layer of flavor to the wings.
In a different resealable bag, thoroughly mix the flour, chipotle, cayenne, onion powder, and garlic powder. Dump the first coat wings into the flour mixture bag. Seal tightly, then toss to cover completely. This second coat will some flavor and let the wings get nice and crisp.
Refrigerate and Wait
Place the second coat wings onto the prepared wire rack. Allow the wings to chill, uncovered, in a refrigerator for 1 hour. This step will let the wings dry just a bit, resulting in crisper wings.
Remove the wings from the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Allow the oven to heat as you apply the third coat.
In a microwave safe bowl, heat the butter until just melted. Add the soy sauce and hot sauce. Whisk to mix thoroughly. Allow to cool slightly.
In a fresh resealable bag, add the second coat wings. Pour the cooled butter and sauce mixture over the wings. Gently toss to evenly coat the wings. This third coat is where the final layer of flavor for the wings comes in.
Bake the Wings
Bake the wings at 400ºF for 1 hour until no longer pink on the inside and crispy on the outside. Turn the wings over halfway through to insure an even crispness.
To Make the Coca-Cola Hot Sauce
Start the sauce after you turn the wings. In a medium sauce pan, combine all of the ingredients. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn down heat to medium-low. Whisk regularly until the sauce reaches the consistency you want. Too thin and the sauce won’t stick to the wings. Too thick and it won’t coat the wings. Keep the sauce warm over low heat until the wings come out of the oven.
Place the hot wings in a large metal bowl. Pour the sauce over the wings, reserving some for dipping later. Gently toss to evenly coat the wings.