Summer is here and it is here with a bang. For all the days i complained about the cold, now it is too hot. Last week was insane. The hottest July on record. We hit 37 degrees, and while to some that isn’t that hot, for the united kingdom, it is eye watering. Like it wasn’t bad enough, the air was still. I mean no leaves were moving. Like someone said on IG, it felt as if the wind deserted our shores and went on holiday. All my plans to go running last week, i had to shelve. Visions of me probably passing out on the road were swimming in my brain and I thought to myself, Dunni, sit this one out. The fat cells will win this week, you’ll get your revenge, next week. hehehehehehehehe.
I live in a flat with a balcony, and i haven’t done anything much with it but put out patio chairs and air out clothes. It didn’t even cross my mind to barbecue, because you think barbecues, and you think gardens, with people mingling about, definitely not on the tiny balcony of the flat. Well, all that changed when I saw these temporary or should i say instant barbecue’s on someone’s IG page and I thought, oh wow, isn’t that just clever. I definitely have to try that in this weather, before Autumn comes alone and we start whingeing again. Yes, I have become “British” like that. Lol. The stars did align and I saw a video of Coca Cola Chicken on Waitrose’s Instagram page. I had heard about coca cola chicken last year, but it was during winter and I wasn’t inclined to trying it out. With the knowledge of using an instant barbecue, I was definitely ready to try it, and try it i did but with Nigerian flavours. Coca Cola is as Nigerian as it comes, heck we drink gallons of the thing per day in our hot weather.
Don’t worry, your chicken won’t taste like Coke. hahahahahahaha, let me confess now, a part of me was expecting it to. It has this earthy, caramely sticky just absolutely foodtastic taste to it. You have to drop whatever barbecue sauce you have been using in the past and try this one. A crowd pleaser, I tell you. Make sure you save yourself some of the sauce and use it as a dip for chips, yam, dodo (OMG, it is amazing with dodo), and even the chicken you just barbecued. Love, love, love it. I don’t like banding around words like best, but this sauce is pretty spectacular. You know just how Suya and Coca Cola go together like 5 and 6, this will just blow you away.
P.s – I am going on holiday this week, so every day this week you will be getting Summer inspired recipes. Something to try while I am away. Much needed rest, going to pay some of my favourite people a visit and stuff my face. #dooneyskitchensummerrecipes
- 750ml of Coca Cola
- 1 tbs of Honey - optional, but it really makes the sauce sticky
- 3 tbs of Yaji (suya spices) - you can add more, but make sure yaji doesn't take over this sauce
- Ata Lilo - tatashe (red bell pepper/romano pepper) and ata rodo (sctoch bonnet/habanero pepper)
- a knob of butter
- two chicken stock cubes
- a pich or two of salt
- Empty the coca cola into the pot, add the Ata Lilo and stir
- Add the butter
- Add the honey
- Add the Yaji, salt and stock cubes
- Give the contents a good stir, and let it cook till it reduces. Occasionally give it a stir. It took me less than 30mins from start to finish.
- You want to let this reduce until it coats the back of a spoon
- Not too thick, because you are going to use it to marinade the chicken, and you would want it to penetrate the flesh.
- Also, not too watery because it is a sticky sauce that should cover the chicken while it grills and not spill unto the hot coals below.
I hope you will be trying this out. Don’t forget to leave some feedback. If you wondered how i got those perfect looking chips (which are made from Yam by the way), look no further than a Kitchen Aid food processor. Using the french fry slicing disc, or use a Kenwood food processor for much thinner chips. The days of manually slicing chips are over. In 10 seconds, you’ve got perfect chips