Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 40 mins
This dish is sooooo good, you won't believe it! It's a snap to prepare and the result looks very invested... No body will know you used Coke as the main ingredient. Great to serve with rice and steamed vegetables.
- Preheat oven to 430°F.
- Place chicken quarters in oven pan facing down. (If there was skin, it would have been on bottom).
- Pour Coke on chicken quarters.
- Evenly spread onion soup powder.
- Cover and seal with heavy duty aluminum foil.
- Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
- Take pan out and uncover aluminum foil -- Careful! steam is very hot.
- Flip over chicken quarters.
- Put back into oven (without aluminum foil) for additional 10-15 minutes until chicken is nicely brown as desired.
- Occasionally wet chicken quarters with the fluids in the pan.
- Arrange chicken quarters on a serving dish.
- Pour fluids into small pot and bring to a light gentle boil.
- In the meantime, mix and dissolve corn starch in one cup of tub water, and gradually add to the fluids in the pot. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Keep stirring the bubbly gravy on medium heat for additional 3-5 minutes until thickens.
- Pour some of the gravy to a serving gravy boat, and spread the rest all over ready to serve chicken quarters.
My husband and I debated about how many stars to give, but in the end, since he cooked it, I went with his opinion. It's a good dish, the meat is so tender that it falls off the bone and you can cut it with a fork. However, it came out just kind of bland, and (personal taste here) a little too salty and a little too sweet. The kids liked it more than we did, so we will try it again, but I think next time instead of the onion soup we will try sauteeing chopped onions and using low-sodium chicken broth in addition to some herbs -- sage or rosemary or something -- along with the coke. We used Akikobay's technique modification, since we too don't like cornstarch sauces, but ended up reducing the sauce slightly anyway once the chicken was done. Definitely will try adding onion and either chicken or beef stock next time for additional flavor with less salt.
This was really delicious and as the description indicates, you don't know that it has Coke as a main ingredient. I made one change to the recipe because I don't like cornstarch-thickened sauces. I lightly dusted the chicken pieces with flour and browned them briefly. Then I put it all into a dutch oven, sprinkled it with the onion soup, covered the pieces with coke, and put a tight lid on it to bake. It was a huge hit with the family! The chicken was fabulous and tender, and the sauce needed no thickening and was really nice!
We liked this, the sauce wasn't sweet like I thought it would be. Might try this with Dr.Pepper (my DD idea) next time.