Chicken With Beer Recipe


I’ve been making this Chicken With Beer Recipe for many years now and the results are always the same: Moister chicken, better tasting chicken and a lot of people saying they like it. Chicken with beer makes you discover new possibilities in your food which you never thought were possible. Come let’s see how it is made.

Beer-Braised Chicken

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info


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1/4 pound slab or thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

All-purpose flour, for dredging

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (preferably brown ale)

1 cup frozen pearl onions, thawed

1/2 pound small red-skinned new potatoes, halved

2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

4 sprigs fresh thyme

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsleyAdd to Shopping List


  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off the excess. Add the olive oil to the drippings in the pot. Add the chicken in batches and cook over medium-high heat until golden on the bottom, 6 to 7 minutes, then flip and sear the other side, about 1 minute. 
  2. Add the beer, onions, potatoes, mustard, sugar, thyme and 1 cup water to the pot and stir, making sure the chicken is fully submerged. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Discard the thyme and stir in the bacon and parsley. 

Crispy Beer Chicken

This crispy beer chicken is one tasty dinner that’s a real crowd pleaser. Marinated in beer, the chicken thighs are perfectly juicy and so flavorful!

crispy beer chicken in sauce

Beer Marinated Chicken

This crispy beer chicken is one tasty treat for your tastebuds!

Brined in beer, honey and herbs, these chicken thighs are so flavorful and the beer sauce is to die for!

Simple enough to make for an easy weeknight meal, but tasty enough to serve t guests!

Why You’ll Love Beer Can Chicken Recipe:

  • Quick and easy: This crispy beer chicken is easy to prep and cook, you just have to allow some time for the beer marinade to work it’s magic.
  • One pot: The chicken is all cooked in one skillet, so clean up is a breeze.
  • So delicious! The beer adds and amazing flavor that is balanced with honey and herbs. It’s so wonderfully delicious!
how to make beer chicken
beer chicken with crispy skin

How to make crispy beer chicken

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  • Season the chicken and place in the beer brine.
  • Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  • Cook in a hot skillet on both sides til crispy.
  • Reduce the chicken in a pan and reduce.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken as it finishes cooking.
  • Serve!
drizzling sauce on beer chicken
beer chicken with crispy skin

What’s the best beer to use?

I used a lager for this crispy beer chicken for alight and fresh flavor, but you can use your favorite.

A darker porter would make a different but delicious flavor. If you don’t want to cook with alcohol, you can also use a zero alcohol beer.

How long do you brine the chicken?

I recommend that you brine the chicken for at least 4 hours. The brine helps to add moisture into the chicken so it stays nice and juicy when you cook it, as well as adding flavor and making it tender.

You can brine the chicken for up to 6 hours, but it’s best not to do it longer than that.

What do you serve it with?

I love to serve this beer marinated chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of veggies for a really comforting and hearty meal. For something lighter, a fresh side salad will work well.

beer chicken on plate with mashed potatoes

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • If you find lager too strong, you can also use a mild one.
  • Brine your chicken as soon as you get home to keep the chicken moist when you cook it.
  • Leftovers will keep well for up to 4 days and can be reheated in the oven.
crispy beer chicken on plate

This crispy beer chicken is all kinds of delicious. The simple marinade adds so much flavor to each bite, and the thighs come out perfectly juicy.

Beer Chicken Recipe

This crispy beer chicken is one tasty dinner that’s a real crowd pleaser. Marinated in beer, the chicken thighs are perfectly juicy and so flavorful!

PREP:10 minutes

COOK:15 minutes

TOTAL TIME :25 minutes

SERVINGS: 4 people


  • ▢8 chicken thighs bone in/skin on
  • ▢Sea salt and black pepper to season


  • ▢12 ounces Corona beer
  • ▢5 garlic cloves crushed
  • ▢1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • ▢1 tablespoon vegetable or chicken stock powder
  • ▢1 tablespoon honey
  • ▢2 tablespoons olive oil


  • ▢Fresh parsley


  • Wash and pat dry thigh cutlets. Place chicken in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pierce chicken through with a skewer, pour beer, add garlic, thyme, stock powder and honey. Cover with a foil and marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  • After 2 hours, turn the chicken on the other side to make sure to get the marinate everywhere.
  • When you are ready to cook, heat a large skillet on medium high heat with olive oil.
  • When it starts to smoke, sear the chicken skin down until golden and crisp. Flip and sear the other side until golden then decrease heat to low.
  • Heat a pan on high medium heat and boil beer marinade until reduced by half. Pour on the chicken and turn heat to medium high. Let reduce again until thicken. Pour beer sauce on the chicken from time to time to keep the skin moist.
  • Remove and serve with mashed potatos.


  • If you find lager too strong, you can also use a mild one.
  • Brine your chicken as soon as you get home to keep the chicken moist.

Beer Can Chicken

This Beer Can Chicken is incredibly delicious, juicy and moist. This chicken is perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices and baked to a crispy perfection. The steam from the beer creates an unbelievably moist chicken, you’ll love it from the very first bite. 

Beer Can Chicken on top of a beer can

Beer Can Chicken

I started making beer can chicken a few years ago and ever since then it’s been a family favorite. I can honestly say that this chicken is probably the most juicy and delicious chicken and a million times better than the roasted chickens you get at the grocery store. The steam from the beer creates an amazing juicy chicken. 

This chicken is roasted at a pretty high temperature of 425 F degrees, it gets nice and crispy all around, no more soggy chicken on the bottom. Because this chicken stands up on the beer can, it cooks evenly all around giving you crispy skin and juicy meat.

Ingredients You’ll Need

beer can chicken ingredients
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Tarragon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Beer
  • Whole Chicken

You don’t want to skip the brown sugar because it caramelizes the skin nicely, it’s so worth it. Don’t worry about it adding too much sweetness, this chicken is still pretty savoury.

How to Make Beer Can Chicken in the Oven

I found this amazing beer can chicken pan at a local kitchen store and I simply love it. You can find it on amazon here. It really is super simple to use it for beer can chicken because the beer can fits nicely inside and then when you place the chicken over it, it’s nice and snug. However, you don’t need a special pan to make this chicken. I have made this in a regular roasting pan.

Start by mixing all the rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken  and rub it in all over. Sprinkle over the rub and use your hands to massage all the rub into all the nooks and crannies.

Open the can of beer and pour about 1/4 of it into the roasting pan and set the can of beer in the center of the roasting pan. Place the chicken upright over the beer can and drizzle the olive oil over the chicken.

Transfer to the oven for baking and you’re done.

How Long to Bake Beer Can Chicken in the Oven

You’ll need to bake it for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes in a 425 F degree preheated oven. To properly test if the chicken is cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check and make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F/75C degrees.

Beer Can Chicken process shots

Grilled Beer Can Chicken

The great thing about this chicken is that you can also grill it and it will turn out just as delicious and amazing.

  1. Preheat your gas grill to medium-high heat, with all burners lit. Prepare the chicken as stated in the instructions with the spice rub and oil.
  2. Make sure the beer can is open, and only half-filled with beer, don’t throw away the other half, drink it!
  3. Lower the chicken onto the beer can, making sure the chicken sits upright.
  4. Place the chicken on the grill, use the legs and beer can to support the chicken and keep it stable.
  5. Cover the grill and let it cook. Check it after an hour, then every 15 minutes or so. As with the oven, it’s best to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken and make sure it reaches 165 F degrees.

What Beer to Use for Beer Can Chicken

Here’s the great news! It doesn’t really matter what beer you use. Use whatever you have in the house. I’ve used all different sort of beers and the result is always the same. There really is no need to be fancy with your beer.

Beer Can Chicken carved on a platter


  1. Don’t be stingy on the spices, use your hands to really rub them in all the nooks and crannies. Your hands are the best tools.
  2. Use a meat thermometer to check if your chicken is cooked through. This really is the best way to tell. I used it every single time, even though I cook chicken often. It really is the best way to make sure your chicken is cooked through.
  3. After you take the chicken out of the oven or off the grill, do not carve it right away. Let it sit and rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. This will ensure the chicken stays juicy and moist.
  4. Experiment with the spices. You don’t have to use my spice mix combination, use whatever you have in your spice cabinet and what you love.

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