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Coca Cola Quail with Snow peas

Despite containing all of the things I usually avoid, this dish is deliciously Chinese in flavour. The coke creates a caramelly sweet and sour note..... just try it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6


  • 6 whole Quail boned (or 500 gm of chicken 6 drumsticks or 4 butterflied Spatchcocks)
  • 100 ml peanut oil
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger of finely grated
  • 150 gm onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 4 Tablespoons tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • 300 ml coke 1 small bottle
  • 200 gm snow peas
  • 1 whole red chilli sliced
  • 1 cup coriander leaves and chopped stems
  • 50 gm cashews toasted


  • Put the Quails (or other) into a shallow bowl and pour over the soy sauce and the ginger and let them marinate as long as possible (10 minutes to overnight)
  • Heat a wok or a large fry pan and add oil. When very hot, add the Quails skin side down searing and browning them, reserving the marinade.
  • When browned, turn the Quails over and add the onion and garlic. Saute till just fragrant and without browning the garlic, then add the tomato sauce the coca cola and let simmer on low with the lid on until it comes to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the Quail onto a plate and reduce the liquid by half. Add the Quail back to the pan with the snowpeas and , put the lid on leaving on the heat till the snow peas are still crunchy but lightly steamed. Add cashews and serve with the sliced chilli and coriander.
  • These is lovely with plain rice or quinoa