Earlier today, a friend asked me this over lunch: “So, when are you going to come up with another new recipe for your blog?”
He sounded like I haven’t been blogging about my cooking for a long time. This is how I know he doesn’t read my blog often, for if he does, he would know I have at least one cooking post per week.
I replied: “Eh… I don’t know…”
I was fibbing on him. The fact is, I DO know. I’m going to have another new recipe tonight, as in, now.
When I said new, I mean new to my blog, not newly created by me. You see, I was on a [Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives] marathon on Youtube yesterday evening. In one episode, I saw one guy dunked a couple of turkey breasts into a tub of cola marinade and left it in the fridge overnight. And then he grilled them on a pan until golden brown. And then he cut the breasts to pieces and served them to Guy.
And then Guy ate a piece of that chicken and went to gastronomic heaven. He started uttering words like “ridiculous”, “fantastic”, “so juicy”, “so tender it feels like beef”, “so many things going on in my mouth”, and so on…
And then I quickly rushed downstairs to the convenience store and bought a can of Coke Light…
By the way, [Diners, Drive-ins and Dives] is an American food reality show, hosted by Guy Fieri. The show features Guy going on road trips all over the United States to discover all the lovely food joints serving delicious comfort food. It is a hugely successful show that already has 22 seasons under it’s belt and still going strong. This show is the direct opposite to Gordon Ramsay’s and Anthony Bourdain’s shows, I suspect the food that Guy loves and recommends would be the ones that make Gordon pissed off. You can catch this show on the Food Network channel.
Anyway, the above video is NOT the one with the cola turkey. In fact I forgot which episode it was, I watched too many episodes and could not find the right video now. 🙁
So, I bought a can of Coke Light. I didn’t have turkey breasts, but I do have chicken breasts. I reckon they are more or less the same, so this should work..
First, the coke marinade. I poured half a can of the Coke Light into a bowl. Then I squeezed the juice of 1 lemon into the coke, and added 3 tablespoons of light soy sauce for good measure. Then I dunked two chicken breasts into the bowl, slapped it into the fridge and left it overnight. This is somewhat similar to the brined chicken that I did last week, except the coke is my brine now…
Twenty four hours later, it is time to cook. I drained the coke marinade, then kept 1 piece of the breast back into the fridge. I am going to only cook one breast today..
Heat the pan with a glug of refined olive oil (don’t use extra virgin olive oil for high heat grilling). Place the breast into the pan and grill for 6 minutes each side. My slab of breast is quite thick, if it is thinner then less minutes per side.
This is probably a process that justifies why some people are afraid to start cooking. Because I took the breast out from my cola marinade straight into the pan, you can imagine how much water is still inside the chicken. And when water touches hot oil, that is when the fireworks begin and the oil begin to fly to your shirt, or in my case, my tummy, since I was naked on the top half. Cooking is a perilous activity, very danger…
Anyway, the chicken is done when both sides are golden brown, and you can poke a chopstick through the thickest part with no effort at all. If it feels difficult to poke the chopstick through the chicken easily, it means the chicken is still raw inside and not fully cooked.
When the chicken is done, set it aside. There are still some leftover oil in the pan, with all those lovely cola flavors. In the same pan, I sauteed some chopped garlic, then added some purple cabbage, you can add any vegetables that you want. And then I did a quick stir fry and cracked an egg into it, just because. Cabbage is edible even when raw, so you don’t have to worry about under-cooking it.
When I felt that the cabbage is done, I poured it over a plate. The chicken breast that was done earlier, I sliced it into pieces and placed them on top of the pool of cabbage to make it look nice.
Then I ate everything up, transferred the photos to my PC, did some cropping and resizing, uploaded them into the blog, went for a shower, and finally wrote this post…
Okay, seriously… the chicken was indeed very tender. And although you cannot see it from this picture, it is indeed very juicy. It didn’t feel like beef though. Maybe it is because I used chicken instead of turkey. Now I know we cannot consider chicken as similar to turkey.
The best part was, the flavors exploded in my mouth. There is that subtle cola flavor, with just the right amount of sour and salty from the lemon juice and soy sauce. It is a very subtle but balanced flavor. If you are not into heavy flavored food, this is perfect for you. If you are into heavy flavors, well… nothing that a drizzle of soy sauce can’t solve…