Cola Glazed Baked Wings

I’ve got a bottle of wine and a bag of salty pistachios next to me come getting ready for launch of a brand-new design for tonight and what do I do? I write a new post just to throw in a little excitement And stress, as if launching a new design wasn’t enough.

But how could I show off the new design if I didn’t have a new recipe to go along with it?  I always say, if you’re gonna get a brand spankin’ new outfit, you must have new shoes to go right with it!

Of the 43 recipes in draft, this is the one that I chose, Virginia Willis’ Cola-Glazed Baked Wings.

I met Virginia about a month ago at IACP Portland, and within seconds of meeting, we were giggling about….oh I don’t even remember! After a couple glasses of wine, chocolate bar and bite after bite of seafood cooked on salt blocks, courtesy of the fabulous Mark Bitterman, selmelier (yes! a salt expert!), specifics were forgotten and all I can say was that a good time was had by all.

Virginia was Martha Stewart’s former kitchen director, and book, Bon Appetit, Y’all: Three Generations of Southern Cooking was an instant hit…and now it’s become one of my favorites. So far, Cola Glazed Baked Wings and Dirty Rice have each been made and ravenously consumed by my family.

How can you not love a woman dressed in nothing but collard greens!? If you have a chance, come and visit her blog. If I lived next door to this lady, I’d never leave her doorstep.

I’m planning a trip to Atlanta soon,  and she doesn’t know it yet, but I’m stopping at her house first to get fed. We vowed that the next time we would see each other, I would teach her more about blogging and she would bake me a pie.

Don’t tell her I’ve got the better end of the deal!

How to make Cola Glazed Baked Wings

Simple ingredients! I bet Dr. Pepper would work just as well.

Simmer the sweet cola sauce:

Stir in as much jalapeno as you want:

Let cool a bit and then toss with wings:

Bake, flip and bake more:

And that’s it!


Virginia Willis' Cola Glazed Wings Recipe

Servings: 4 as appetizer Prep Time: Cook Time:

recipe from Bon Appetit, Y'all: Three Generations of Southern Cooking
I've cut the amount of jalapeno chilies in a recipe (original called for 3 whole chilies) just to tame the heat, but feel free to use as much as you'd like. You can also add some thinly sliced jalapenos with the wings too.


1 cup cola
Juice of 2 limes
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 jalapeno, finely minced (discard the seeds)
2 pounds chicken wings
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper


To make the glaze
In a small sauce pan, bring the soda, lime juice, brown sugar and the minced jalapeno to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer until the mixture is syrupy, about 30 minutes; keep warm over low heat.
To prepare the wings
Cut off the wing tip (reserve the tips to make stock), and separate the wings at the joint. Place the wing pieces in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour about half the glaze over the wings and toss to coat Keep the remaining sauce warm over low heat.
To bake the wings
Position an oven rack 4 inches below the broiler element in the oven. Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the glazed wing on the baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes per side, brushing twice on each side with the reserved glaze. Transfer to a platter.

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Comments 80

  1. Scotty Bibb

    I want to make these but don’t understand what to do with the tablespoon of cooking oil called for in the ingredient list…help!

    1. SteamyKitchen

      Hi Scotty – sorry about that. Original recipe includes oil, but I didn’t think it needed the oil because wings are pretty fatty and have plenty of oil on their own! Fixed recipe and deleted oil.

      1. Gene Traylor

        I’m assuming you are broiling these since you say to put 4 inches under the broiler but then it says to bake on each side for 4 minutes.

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  2. TheMiddleChild

    Hello Jaden, I tried your Cola Glazed Baked Chicken in my kitchen today, it’s yummy! So yummy I added it in my food blog and credited your website for a very fantastic & easy recipe. Blog site is if you would like to see the finished product. I’ll definitely make this recipe again. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Laura

    I remember finding your blog a long time ago and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get back here. I make your Sweet and Sour chicken from a guest post on Simply Recipes often. These look delish Jaden. Your website is so user friendly. I really like it. Thanks!

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  5. Rosemary Simm

    Hi Jaden, This is the first time I used one of your recipes, but it worked in just perfect. In the Coca-Cola Glazed Baked Wings,
    I used chicken thighs instead and cut the ingredients in half for just two of us. It was a big hit with my husband and the taste was out of this world. Thank you

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  7. Recipeboy (Brooks)

    Hi Jaden! Remember me? I’m Recipegirl (Lori’s) son, Brooks. I started up a food blog in May and now it’s doing great. These wings look SO YUMMY! Coca-Cola WITH wings! A great combo.

  8. Caroline

    Hi Jaden, I love your recipes! I’m thinking of replacing the brown sugar with honey or just regular (coarse) sugar. Do you think that will work? and whats the temperature of the oven?
    Thanks a lot.

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