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Slowly Cooked Chicken in Beer

I like cooking with beer. It gives the food a lot more flavor such as meat. The other evening I prepared this Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken recipe. It called for a whole chicken. But I didn’t have one on hand so I decided to use four chicken breasts instead.

The recipe has both a mild one and super hot marinade option. I’ll add a note on how you can make spicy or non-spicy towards the end of this post. I, of course, went for the mild one because I’m a pansy.

I immediately went to work and started by gathering the ingredients for the marinade, stirring them together. Here’s the fun and messy part. Rubbing it into the chicken. After I marinaded my chicken and cleaned up my big mess, I tossed them into the slow cooker and poured in the beer. I used Miller Lite.

The choice of beer, of course, is up to you.

The original recipe called for dark beer occasionally this is only available during the fall, but in bigger cities, it should be for sale year round. Dark beer is not Guiness, although Guiness would probably produce an interesting flavor. If you’re willing to spend extra on a craft beer, then dark beer wouldn’t be difficult to find.

The Recipe

Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken

INGREDIENTS

1 5-6lb. chicken (I used four chicken breats)

2 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. tarragon

2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4-1 tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. onion powder

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 can (12 ounces) dark beer -OR-lager

Directions

1. Make 4 balls of aluminum foil (about 2-inches in diameter) Place bunched of rolls of foil in bottom of 6-quart slow cooker and pour in the beer.

2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Pull skin gently way from bird. Combine all dry seasonings together.

Mix ½ teaspoon of seasoning blend into butter. Spread butter mixture under skin of chicken. Next with clean, dry hands, rub remaining spice blend onto chicken.

3. Place chicken on top of foil balls in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for four-six hours, or low on seven-eight hours. Check the temperature – chicken is done when the temperature is 165-170 in the thickest part of the thigh. Continue to cook if needed.

Court’s Cooking Notes:

The spice rub can be made anywhere from mild to very hot depending on the amounts of two ingredients. The primary heat-generating ingredient is cayenne pepper. If you know that everyone you’re serving is into 5-alarm heat, go with the lesser amount of this ingredient when you prepare the rub.

The seasoning next is paprika. Yes! You can use the generic variety found on most grocery store shelves, but this chicken will taste better if you use a smoked variety paprika. Smoked paprika comes either mild or hot. If you use the hot, you are going to add more heat on top of the cayenne, so choose carefully. I used the mild smoked variety here and as I mentioned before, I’d advise you to do so as well, unless, of course, you’re into some serious heat. If you can’t find the more gourmet paprikas in your store, then the generic variety will do, but make sure it’s fresh otherwise it will have zero flavor.

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