Matt Preston’s Cola Baked Sticky Chicken

13 May 2013 in Cheap and cheerful, Easy to prepare, Economical

I’m a big fan of  Masterchef Australia, even if we are only viewing the 2011 series, I much prefer it to the British version.  I ensure that we are parked in front of the tv with our dinner trays on our laps by 6pm promtly Monday – Thursday.

This is Matt Preston’s recipe that I found on the Masterchef site, apparently he has a cookbook coming out soon.  He is a curious looking man, however I find myself strangely attracted to him.  I mean, he wears the oddest clothes and those cowboys boots…well! *shakes head*

I had an issue with the timing as my oven is not the fan type and after two hours the sauce wasn’t thickening so I decided to up the temperature to 175c and that seemed to do the trick.

I used (skinned) chicken drummettes instead of wings and decided to marinade them overnight in the sauce, Matt doesn’t do that. I’ve no idea if it made them better than Matt’s as I’ve never used the recipe before, all I know is that they were tender and completely delicious.


750ml Cola

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 cloves garlic grated

1 large brown onion grated

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1kg chicken wings cut at the joint

Juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 140c fan forced (I think they mean thermofan)

Arrange chicken in a single layer in a deep oven tray and pour over the cola mixture.

Bake for 3 – 3.5 hours or until sauce is thick and very sticky. ( I did 2 hours @140 and then 1.5 hours @ 175)





24 responses to Matt Preston’s Cola Baked Sticky Chicken

  1. This looks delicious.

  2. My mom and I chat on What’s App during each episode.
    Fab chicky – must try.
    :-) Mandy xo

    • Thankfully Himself has ‘got into it’ so we do have some discussion :) You really must try it!

  3. These look mouthwateringly delicious. They do take rather a long time to cook though, don’t they?

    • All good things are worth waiting for :) I think the long slow cook adds to the tenderness and succulence.

  4. They certainly look yummy.
    Younger Daughter loves KFC, and simply won’t believe all of us when we assure her that her own version is streets better. I think she uses a system similar to what you have outlined.

    • I bet her version is way better, I don’t eat KFC on principle after seeing a video of how their chickens are treated.

  5. Nom! My mom used to make this for Sunday afternoon lunch. Definitely the best way to use up a bottle of Coco cola. My hubby is a fan of coke but not the rest of us so it generally goes flat in the fridge xx

  6. They look and sound delicious.

  7. Mmm, I can imagine you will need more than one wet wipe after tucking into these babies! Sticky goodness! xxx

  8. Tandy said on 14 May 2013

    they look very tasty! I have not cooked chicken in cola for ages :)

  9. Sue this looks AMAZING! I want the whole bowl and i want to dig in with my hands and get messy with it! :-)

    • Yes, there is something really satisfying about eating with your hands and getting sauce all over the place :)

  10. Yum yum, that looks delish. I never seem to give chicken long enough to just fall off the bone, all tender.

    I think i need to visit Sleepy Hollow

  11. This looks super sticky, sweet and meaty delicious! So hungry for right now for this chicken of yours…yum :) Have a great week x

    • Thanks glad you like the look of the chicken, have a damn good week yourself and thanks for popping in!

  12. I love the show and my best episode was the one where they cooked for the Dalai Lama–vegetarian

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