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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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.

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.

Coca Cola chicken wings on a white platter.

Coca Cola Chicken Wings

Crispy baked chicken wings are possible. Discover the one secret ingredient for crunchy chicken wings, then toss them in a sweet and tangy soda-based sauce for a game-day snack idea that will have everyone cheering (and asking for the recipe).
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 4 servings (8 wings each)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 698

Ingredients 

For the wings:

  • 4 pounds chicken wings flats and wingtips removed (see note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder (see note 2)

For the Coca Cola glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola (see note 3)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (see note 4)
  • Scallions thinly sliced, for garnish

Instructions 

To make the wings:

  • Arrange two oven racks in the upper middle and lower middle positions. 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. Transfer baking sheet to lower-middle oven rack and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Transfer baking sheet to upper middle rack and bake until the wings are golden and crispy, about 45 to 50 minutes longer.

To make the Coca Cola glaze:

  • In a 3-quart saucepan or deep skillet, heat olive 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 glaze 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 baked wings with Coca Cola glaze and serve.

Notes

  1. Chicken wings: Flats and wings; wing tips removed. Most supermarkets sell chicken wings with the tips already removed, so you may not even need to ask. But if they're still on the chicken wings you are planning to purchase, ask your butcher to tackle the task for you or use a chef's knife to trim this portion off before proceeding with the chicken wing recipe.
  2. Baking powder: Toss very dry chicken wing meat with this baking staple for supremely crunchy baked chicken wings, no deep-frying or extra oil required.
  3. Coca-Cola: Classic, not Diet or Zero, please. The sugar is crucial for the best flavor and the glaze consistency.
  4. Cornstarch: This helps give the soda glaze a rich, syrup-like texture.
  5. Yield: My Coca Cola Chicken Wings recipe makes approximately 32 wings (this will vary based on the size of your individual chicken wings and how many come per pound); enough for 4 entree-sized servings of 8 wings each or 8 appetizer-sized servings of 4 wings each.
  6. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  7. Make ahead: The Coca Cola glaze can be made and refrigerated a day in advance. Reheat on the stove before tossing with the wings.

Nutrition

Serving: 8wingsCalories: 698kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 36gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1358mgPotassium: 426mgFiber: 1gSugar: 54gVitamin A: 272IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 429mgIron: 3mg
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  1. 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. Well that’s awesome, thank you Justin! I hope you find something else around here that you might like. :) Have a great week!

  2. 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

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

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

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