Coca Cola Chicken Wings Recipe

Learn the secret to the crispiest baked chicken wings of your life! Then toss them in a sweet and tangy sauce for the most delicious Coca Cola Chicken Wings, ever.

I have always identified as more of a Wing Eater than a Wing Maker.

Wings are just one of those things that seem intimidating. I’d rather just show up somewhere and chow down.

Chicken wings on a black plate with coca cola sauce being drizzled onto them.

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That all changed after my blogging friend Nagi became the unofficial queen of crispy baked wings. Her method (America’s Test Kitchen’s method), is life-changing.

We can now all bake our way to crispy wings and sauce them with a multitude of options, including this fantastic Coca Cola sauce.

Chicken Wing Prep

First things first.

Unless you buy wings and drumettes already prepared, you’ll need to remove the wing tips and separate the flats from the drumettes.  There are a lot of videos on YouTube that show how to do this, but this is the one I followed.

Cooked chicken wings on a cooling rack.

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

The trick to the crispiest baked wings, ever, is to toss them in a mixture of baking powder and salt.  It really works.

Then, bake them on a rack at two different temperatures: 250 degrees and 425 degrees. You will be surprised at how truly crispy these wings are!

Chicken wings on parchment paper with coca cola sauce being drizzled onto them.

Coca Cola Sauce

While the wings are baking, the sauce cooks quickly and easily on your stove top.

To balance out the sweetness of the Coca-Cola, I start with bacon, onions, and garlic. Some brown sugar and a splash of soy sauce add even more flavor before I thicken the whole thing with cornstarch.

Make the sauce in advance so it has even more time to thicken. Then, just toss with the wings and enjoy!

Coco Cola chicken wings on parchment paper.

5 from 10 votes

Coca Cola Chicken Wings Recipe

Learn the secret to the crispiest baked chicken wings of your life! Then toss them in a sweet and tangy sauce for the most delicious Coca Cola Chicken Wings, ever.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chicken wings, coke
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 261kcal


  • 3 pounds chicken wings flats and wingtips removed
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Arrange two oven racks in the upper middle and lower middle positions, respectively. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Coat rack with nonstick spray.
  • Pat wings dry with paper towels. In a large zipper-top plastic bag, add baking powder and wings and toss to coat.
  • Arrange coated wings skin-side up on rack. Bake for 30 minutes on lower-middle oven rack.
  • Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and transfer baking sheet to upper-middle rack. Bake an additional 45 to 50 minutes, until the wings are golden brown and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, in a 3-quart saucepan or deep skillet, heat oil until shimmering. Add bacon and onions and fry until the onions have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in Coca-Cola, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in brown sugar and soy sauce. Transfer 2 tablespoons Coca-Cola sauce to a small bowl and whisk in cornstarch until smooth.
  • Add back to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pushing down on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Keep warm on stove until wings have finished baking.
  • Toss the crispy wings with Coca-Cola sauce and serve.


Calories: 261kcal




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  1. Catrina

    Such a fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing! Loved these.5 stars

  2. Justin

    I. Recently used this recipe for a litthe party and everyone loved them. The flavor was a lot better then I expected and I look forward to trying other things from this site. Amazing job.

    1. meggan

      Well that’s awesome, thank you Justin! I hope you find something else around here that you might like. :) Have a great week!

  3. Shilpa

    Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look.5 stars

  4. Roshani

    Wow, really, I can’t get over that delicious taste! So simple and yet – sooo great. Thank you for this recipe – it’s a real keeper5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thanks so much Roshani, glad you loved the wings! Thanks for reading.

  5. This looks and sounds fantastic, like everything you make! I will be trying this out for a dinner this week. Thanks for sharing!

    1. meggan

      Thanks so much Amelie! I hope you enjoy the wings. :)

  6. Laura M

    Nagi changed my chicken wing cooking life too. Your recipe is correct, it says baking powder, but your write up above it says baking soda.

    1. meggan

      Thank you!!!! Typos. Oy. I’ll go fix it right now, I appreciate you pointing that out.

  7. Hello Meggan! I’m a huge fan of Nagi’s chicken wings, too, as you might imagine, but I haven’t yet tried her truly crsipy ones.
    Must put that on the to-do list!
    Love your coca cola sauce ide – fits your All-American style perfectly , of course!
    Wishing a fabulous weekend to you and yours! :-)5 stars

  8. Lori Overson

    Looking forward to trying the sauce.  I use a similar method for baking wings and found I didn’t need to add the salt, the baking powder alone gave the wings enough salt.  This may not be true for everyone, but we don’t use much salt in our house, and I found the wings too salty when added to the baking powder.     (A fellow Wisconsinite)

    1. meggan

      Hi Lori! That is a really good idea. I’m going to test these again and trying just using the baking powder. Maybe salt isn’t necessary. I do like my food well-seasoned, but it’s important to at least mention that for other people who are watching their salt intake. Thank you so much! So great to connect with a fellow Wisconsinite! :) I’m in town as we speak and loving it. Wisconsin is so beautiful this time of year. (I’ve been living in LA for the last few years but it’s always great to be back…. off to the log cabin up north this weekend!)

  9. Nancy Burg

    I made these – they were a bit sweet but still good. I made a couple of changes. I baked them for 50 – 55 minutes. After I tossed them with the sauce, I placed them back onto the foil-lined pan (without the rack). I spooned some extra sauce on top and then I placed them under the broiler until the sauce was bubbling and darkened, about 10 minutes. This made a lot of difference to us.5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you for your tips, Nancy! I’m due to re-test and try to improve this recipe, so I’ll certainly try out your suggestions. You’re right, they are definitely sweet. My husband has such a sweet tooth, I swear he’d eat chicken wings dipped in sugar if I’d let him! Take care.

  10. cj walker

    Fixed these at Christmas Party. Everyone loved them. I’ve fixed them several times since then and when my kids come over, this is what they “order”. My grands even tried the sauce over hotdogs!!!!5 stars

  11. Nicole

    Just made these wings for dinner! They are absolutely delicious, I loved it, my boyfriend loved it. The flavor was perfect for us, but it might be a tad too sweet for some though. I was lazy to measure every ingredient, so I just eyeballed it. Turned out amazing, I left out onion powder because I didn’t have any on hand. Thank you so much for the recipe, I’ll definitely link this to anyone who asks for it.5 stars

  12. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    They sound amazing! And I’m sure my hubby would go gaga over them since he LOVES Coke and wings.

  13. I’ve seen cola used in slow cooker recipes before, Meggan, but I love this idea of making a sauce with it on the stove top. This recipe sounds so easy and tasty! Love it!5 stars

  14. I’m not usually a big wing fan and we know I’m a diet coke girl, but these look really interesting!!!5 stars

  15. Such a great idea, Meggan. Love the flavors in these! My boys would devour them quickly.

  16. Wow, do these ever look delicious! That sauce sounds tasty too. I also love that these are baked. My guys are huge wing lovers. I’ll have to give these a try :D5 stars

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