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Coca-Cola Brown Sugar Bacon Glazed Chicken Wings

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With football season upon us, I simply can’t pass up an opportunity to make delicious little finger foods and a spread of apps. And it goes without saying that chicken wings and football go hand in hand.

Today, I’m making my famous Crispy Baked Chicken Wings and I’m tossing them in a sweet & sticky sauce starring Coca-Cola. This sauce compliments the crisp chicken perfectly. Plus, it’s a nice alternative to traditional “hot wings”. Coca-Cola is our go to beverage in this house. I mean who doesn’t want to kick back and relax with an ice cold Coca-Cola. We may root for different teams, but at the end of the day that’s one thing we can all agree on. So, it seemed only natural to me that I incorporate it in my sauce as well.

This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and the sauce can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. That way when those crispy wings come out of the oven they’ll be ready to toss right before the big game!

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Let’s get to it! For our game day wings I’m purchasing:

  • Coca-Cola
  • Coke Zero Sugar
  • Food Lion Frozen Chicken Wings
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Food Lion Ranch Dip Mix
  • Food Lion Plain Greek Yogurt

I already had a few of the ingredients at home like: milk, bacon, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic ..etc. (The full list of ingredients you’ll need is below in the recipe card, so be sure to check it before you head to the store.) I’m getting everything I need to make the wings, as well as ingredients for a Garlic Ranch Dipping Sauce. Plus, I’m grabbing celery & carrots because if we’re going to have wings, I definitely want fresh, crisp veggies to balance them out!

Game Day Wings

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! As I mentioned above you can definitely make your sauce ahead of time if need be, just store it in the fridge and reheat on low right before tossing. Today I’m going to get the wings in the oven and while they’re baking I’ll make the sauce! Because I’m taking them straight from freezer to oven they take a little longer, but this gives me plenty of time to work on my other appetizers before the guests arrive! Preheat your oven to 400°. Take out your frozen wings, place them in a large bowl, and evenly coat them with olive oil. Next, spray a shallow baking pan well with cooking spray. Sprinkle just a touch of salt & pepper over your wings. Place your wings on the pan, making sure they aren’t touching. As soon as the oven is preheated put your wings in and set the timer for about 50-55 minutes. Be sure to turn the pan around midway through cooking and flip the wings for even cooking & browning!

Garlic Ranch

  • One Pack Food Lion Ranch Dip Mix
  • One 1/2 cups Food Lion Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic

This is a super easy ranch dip you can make to accompany the wings and veggies! Simply mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl . Place in fridge to thicken up! And voila! Ranch kicked up a notch!

Coca-Cola Brown Sugar Bacon Glaze

It’s time to make the sauce! My favorite part, it’s sticky and sweet and perfectly balances out the crunch of the chicken! You can use either Coca-Cola or Coke Zero Sugar in this sauce. I purchased both mainly because I love them both and like to make sure my guests have options. As I said though, either work well in this sauce, so it really just comes down to personal preference! Since, Coke Zero Sugar has the same great Coca-Cola flavor just without any sugar, you will still add the same amount when substituting.  Place a small pot on the stove top and turn it up to med-heat. Add your ketchup, crushed garlic, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and Coca-Cola. Stirring often, bring it to a boil. Now you can immediately reduce it to low heat. Cook your bacon, and chop it into small pieces. Add your bacon to the sauce. Let the sauce simmer while your wings cook. This will give it a chance to thicken up a little bit. When the wings reach an internal temp of 165° they are fully cooked! Remove from the oven , let sit for a minute. Finally, place them in a clean bowl and “toss” them evenly with your sauce. Serve with your carrots, celery, and Garlic Ranch.

Coca-Cola Brown Sugar Bacon Glazed Chicken Wings

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Cooking Time: About 55 min

Ingredients

  • -Wings-
  • Food Lion Frozen Chicken Wings
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Dash salt & black pepper
  • -Sauce-
  • 1 1/2 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 Tsp Course Ground Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Chopped Bacon

Instructions

1

Wings-

2

Preheat oven to 400°.

3

Place frozen wings in a large bowl, and evenly coat them with olive oil.

4

Spray a shallow baking pan well with cooking spray.

5

Sprinkle just a touch of salt & pepper over your wings.

6

Place your wings on the pan, making sure they aren't touching.

7

Bake for about 50-55 minutes. Be sure to turn the pan around midway through cooking and flip the wings for even cooking & browning

8

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temp of 165°.

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Sauce-

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Place a small pot on the stove top and turn it up to med-heat.

11

Add your ketchup, crushed garlic, dijon mustard, brown sugar, and Coca-Cola.

12

Stirring often, bring it to a boil.

13

Reduce it to low heat. Cook your bacon, and chop it into small pieces. Add your bacon to the sauce.

14

Let the sauce simmer while your wings cook. This will give it a chance to thicken up a little bit.

15

Toss wings in sauce & enjoy!

These wings are the perfect addition to any game day spread! We might all have different teams and different tastes but, one thing is for sure nothing quite brings everyone together like Football, Food, and Coca-Cola!

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacie
    October 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    As soon as I saw bacon in the title I knew I was going to make this. It sounds so good! I can’t wait to put these on the table for our next game day.

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    Krysten
    October 16, 2018 at 6:12 am

    And I know what’s going on next week’s meal plan!

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    Kita Roberts
    October 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I love wings. And it is amazing how well some sodas work for cooking and marinading. I use Cola for a ham recipe, so good.

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona
    October 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I have heard of cooking with coke before but never tried it. This recipe sounds really tasty, I might just give it a go. thank you

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    Alexandra
    October 30, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    This sounds like a tasty recipe. I love wings!
    Thank you for sharing – I will give this a try 🙂

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    Chad
    October 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of cooking with coke before, will definitely try it. Thank you!

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    India
    October 31, 2018 at 12:08 am

    This sounds so yummy! I have never tried to cook with coke but I will.

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    Catherine Santiago Jose
    October 31, 2018 at 4:24 am

    I have never tried to add a soda in any of my recipes but this one looks so good and tasty. I will definitely try to make this and will go back for the result.

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    Michelle Leslie
    October 31, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Oh my yumminess that looks and sounds incredible. We’ve used coke to marinade steaks before but I haven’t tried it on chicken

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    eli
    October 31, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I would have never even thought about cooking with soda before! This seems like such a good twist on my favorite food

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    Dayna Hoskin
    October 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    My husband is obsessed with coca cola! Will definitely be whipping out this recipe for tonights dinner!

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    Katie
    November 1, 2018 at 12:32 am

    This looks yummy. I’ve tried cooking meat with Coca-Cola before and it works well. It especially tenderizes chicken.

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    Preet
    November 1, 2018 at 2:45 am

    This recipe looks really delicious. I can say that I am not good in cooking but I will try to make this at home as the procedure of making it looks so easy to follow.

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    Elizabeth O
    November 1, 2018 at 3:27 am

    I’ve tried soda to add on my recipe and it is definitely brings the best result. This one look so delicious!

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    NAti
    November 1, 2018 at 6:27 am

    this is such a cool recipe! I never thought Coca Cola could be used as an ingredient for cooking!

  • Reply
    Tash
    November 1, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Ohhh these sound very appetizing. One to give a try for sure!

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    Fibi Tong
    November 1, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Wow, I didn’t know cola could cook with chicken wing. Going to try it tonight!

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    Chastity
    November 1, 2018 at 8:03 am

    This is a interesting mix but I am here for it! This is excellent for game day for sure I like the idea. My guy loves Coca Cola so this will be a hit for him for sure!

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    Catherine
    November 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Looks like a great spread for game day! That glaze sounds fantastic!

  • Reply
    Becca Talbot
    November 1, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I actually cooked a ham in a slow cooker with coke before, and it was delicious! So will have to try this one! x

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    Angela Fernando
    November 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

    sounds so strange for me! Cooking with coke? I must give a try!

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    Jasmine Hewitt
    November 1, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    think i’ll make this for our super bowl party coming up. looks tasty!

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    Liz Siemers
    November 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I love football season just for the food!!! This is such a unique idea, I bet my husband would love these. And a super great idea to make the sauce ahead of time!

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    Shannon Gurnee
    November 5, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    This looks like such a delicious recipe! We love drinking Coca Cola in our home!

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea
    November 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Wow! This recipe looks reallt delicious and a must try. My hubby would love this for sure.

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    Puja
    November 8, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Sounds interesting. I didn’t know that you could cook with coke. I will definitely try it out.

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