chicken roast

5 Ingredient Friday: Beer Can Chicken

For delicious, extra tender chicken that’s just bursting with juicy, rich flavor, look no further than good, old-fashioned Beer Can Chicken! The theory about beer can chicken, (though this is a somewhat controversial one within cooking communities), is that beer steams inside of the chicken, making the bird super moist inside and out. Most beer companies don’t endorse the traditional method of making beer can chicken (a process adequately described by the dish’s other name: “beer butt chicken”), so proceed at your own risk!

Beer Can Chicken

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Since I’m a bit more comfortable around an oven than I am a grill, I chose to do a roasted beer can chicken, but it’s easy enough to adapt the recipe for either. Just mind your temperatures and cooking times, and it should turn out well either way.

Oven Roasted Beer Can Chicken


  • 1 5lb whole chicken, cleaned
  • a few sprigs of thyme
  • 5 to 10 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 16oz can of beer, of your choice


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Drink or reserve 1/2 a can of beer, and then add a clove of garlic and a sprig or two of thyme into your half-empty can. Take your cleaned chicken, give it a nice coating of olive oil, season it with chopped fresh thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Give the can a little brush of olive oil along the sides, and gently ease the can of beer into the end of the chicken. Set the chicken beer-can down into a prepared baking dish or roasting pan.
  • Cook your chicken until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. This should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, but it's better to check with a proper meat thermometer.
 5 Ingredient Friday: Beer Can Chicken Recipes


  • Feel free to throw some seasoned root vegetables into the pan to cook as well! Just be aware that it may change your cooking time slightly.
  • If you’re uncomfortable using a beer can, you can achieve similar (or better) results with a vertical roaster!


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