Serves 2

I got this recipe from a men's magazine called Later. It was short-lived, and folded a few years ago, but I quite liked it - it was a bit more grown-up than your average lad's mag. There was one part I especially liked - a column called The Drunk Chef, which gave recipes for stuff you could make after you'd had a few.

That was where I came across this recipe - I can't remember the name they gave it, so I've called it sweet chicken. I cook quite a bit, and I can say that this is as easy as it gets - it's dead simple, and tastes pretty good.

The thing I like about it most is the whole idea of cooking with Coca-Cola. I know that sounds bizarre, but then Nigella has that famous recipe for ham cooked in Coke, so maybe it's not so odd.

You can add other ingredients too, if you like - peppers are good - but these are the essentials. It probably rots the teeth right out of your head, but ...

2 chicken breasts
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2tbsp soy sauce
1/2 can Coca-Cola
A little oil, for frying

Dice the chicken, chop the onion, and chop or crush the garlic. Next heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium light and brown the chicken for a couple of minutes.

Add the onion and garlic, stir and allow them to soften. Add the soy sauce and the half-can of Coca-Cola and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with rice.

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