If you search the Internet for a beer chicken recipe you will have no trouble finding one. The problem is, most of the beer chicken recipes I have found are pretty wimpy. What I mean is, they all tell you to add a half cup or cup of beer along with mushrooms or some grated cheese or parsley. That's not a chicken cooked in beer recipe. It's chicken with a little beer added to the mix for for the purpose of stimulating conversation at the dinner table. Boring.
So without further ado, I am going to turn you on to the ultimate beer chicken recipe. This really is Chicken Cooked In Beer. My beer chicken recipe came about through much trial and error and I want to make it clear, if you love beer, you're going to love this dish. In fact, just for the sake of accuracy it probably should be called chicken drowned in beer.
The Ultimate Beer Chicken Recipe - Chicken Cooked In Beer!
1-4 to 5 pound Roasting chicken
2-3 quarts of beer (best with Killians, Yuengling or any other full flavored beer)
2 stalks of celery
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
Place the chicken in a roaster and add enough beer to cover at least half of the chicken. If you're thinking this is a waste of good beer, don't. (You will thank me later). Place the roaster in the refrigerator and let the chicken marinate overnight. In the morning, turn the chicken over so the other half can marinate for several more hours.
When you are ready to cook the chicken, pour off all of the beer and add 4 cups of new beer (you really will thank me later). Place the roaster in the oven and cook at 350 degrees until the chicken is nearly done. Remove about 2 cups of the liquid for gravy. Add the celery, carrots and mushrooms. Cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the chicken pulls apart easily with a fork. When it's done, take it out of the roaster, place it on a serving platter and serve with mashed potatoes, beer gravy and your favorite vegetable.
I'm not going to give you specific instructions for making the beer gravy (that's another recipe after all). But I will tell you that you can mix flour and water until it is pasty and then slowly add it to the simmering liquid until it thickens. If you're lazy, you can use the chicken gravy packets you buy at the supermarket. Either way, the beer gravy is going to taste great on your mashed potatoes.
Now that you possess Ultimate Beer Chicken recipe, I sincerely hope you enjoy it.