coffee chicken

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As a child, when your mom tells you that she’s going to make coffee chicken for dinner, your initial reaction is, “Ew, Mom.”  And for most adults, coffee is coffee.  You don’t really mix it into savory foods very often.  But as I grew up, I came to realize that this is an absolutely unique and delicious dish.  This recipe has been in our family for many generations, and continues to get passed down.  Most people are reluctant, until they smell the chicken cooking in the coffee mixture.  The chicken cooks in a mixture made up of freshly roasted coffee, ketchup, soy sauce, and more.  The result is a juicy and flavorful piece of chicken.  One bowl, one mixture, one hour.  Couldn’t get easier than that.  Serve it with rice pilaf and broccoli, and you’ve got yourself a meal that will not disappoint!

Coffee Chicken
(Serves 6)

1 whole chicken, cut to small to medium pieces
¾ cup brewed coffee
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup vinegar
¼ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the chicken.  Mix well.

Spread the chicken pieces onto the bottom of a large pot.  Pour the sauce over the chicken.  Bring to a boil.  Leaving the pot uncovered, reduce the heat to low and let cook for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and tender, and the sauce has reduced to a semi-viscous sauce.  Be sure to stir occasionally.

– food on,
Sharon

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