Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beer Can Chicken

I'm always looking for a new way to enjoy our weeknight staple, chicken.  For the longest time, i've been meaning to try the classic Beer Can Chicken.  What in the world was I waiting for?  Not only is it super simple to make, but the results are the juiciest, most tender chicken you have ever tasted.  

How cute is this guy? 
Once you pop the chicken in the oven, no other work is needed.  This would also be great on the grill.  

* 1 whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
* 1 light beer
* 1 tsp. onion powder
* 1 tsp. garlic powder
* 1 tsp. paprika
* 1 tsp. ground mustard

Preheat oven to 350 and lower the top rack to the lowest third of the oven.  Combine onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and ground mustard in a bowl.  Rub the spices all over the chicken.

Pour out (or drink!) about 1/3 of the beer and place it in the center of a roasting pan.  Place this chicken on top of the beer with the legs facing down.  Use the legs to prop the chicken up.  Roast in the oven for 1.5-2 hours, or until done (to test, gently cut the skin between the leg and the thigh; if the juices run clear, it's cooked through).

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