Beer Crockpot Chicken


 Right now the extent of my cooking is in the crockpot. As many of you are

finding in life, time is an issue when it comes to cooking, and once you use your crockpot you never go back!

My friend Janna the other night raved about the pulled pork recipe that I have using a can of beer in the crockpot. So she wanted to give it a try using a whole chicken. I was interested in seeing her results and she loved it. So I had to give it a try and delicious, inexpensive, and easy. Doesn't get much better then that!

She used a whole chicken. My husband doesn't like chicken on the bone so I used breasts and then shredded the chicken into pieces and served with rice and black beans. You can use any kind you like. Cut up pieces, thighs, legs. Whatever you have. It will just fall off the bone!

You can play around with your seasonings. These are just a suggestion of what I tried and had on hand. Also, she used a fresh chicken and I used frozen breasts. She cooked on low all day and said it was moist and fell apart. I cooked mine 5 hrs on high and it did the same. So adjust heat according to your time on hand.

Thanks Janna for the great idea. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy!

Total Servings: 6 Total Cost: $6.00
Ingredients:
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4-6 Chicken Breasts or 1 Whole or cut up Chicken
1 Can of any kind of Beer
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
*You can use whatever spices you like



  • Put all ingredients into crockpot
  • If frozen cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10
  • If fresh cook on high 3-4 hrs or low 7-8 hours if fresh

228 comments :

  1. SO, I shared this recipe with quite a few people when you posted this... they had success and loved it!! My mom used Butterball Turkey breast and another friend used Split Chicken breast on the bone because they go on sale frequently! AWESOME easy recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I tried this today for my family. Its my first crock pot meal too! It was delicious! Thanks for posting -Tanya

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    1. this might be a dumb question - but does the alcohol burn off so it's safe to make for my little guys?

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    2. It's completely safe for children. All the alcohol burns off when heated.

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    3. Also if you want to add a little sweetness a can of coca cola or sprite instead of beer will work also.

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    4. I made this tonight along with steamed baby potatoes and frozen peas with pearl onions. Perfect for a rainy day in Montana. Thank you.

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    5. So you don't need to add any water? I've never cooked in a crock pot before.

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    6. No. The liquid from the beer or soda will be enough. One of the many miracles of the crock pot it it keeps all the moisture in and as the chicken cooks down it will be able to cook in its own juices. I live my crock pot!

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    7. Apple Cider Vinegar also works very well.

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    8. You won't believe this but I use a can of diced tomatoes and a hand of green olives (plus some of their juices). Great on rice

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    9. I plan to try this with a can of ginger ale, maybe some pineapple chunks, garlic.....Love the ease and the possibilities. Only recently began using the crock pot for things other than winter stews and chili. Loving it!

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    10. I like this idea better than the original. It was just 'ok' for our family, but I will try the ginger ale, or coke to turn it up a notch. (pineapple chunks, garlic. great idea)

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    11. i think i am going to add chopped apples with the beer, that would sweeten it up a bit

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    12. does anybody think that the lime a rita by budweiser would work well?

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    13. Not a crock pot meal, but i have marinated chicked in Bud light lime and the baked and OH MY GOODNESS. Very delicious.

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    14. I tried this... It certainly was falling off the bone. But didnt have any taste?
      I had made it with 2 bottles of miller lime beer:(

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    15. I have a gluten allergy and so I couldn't use regular beer but I did use a cider beer and it was fantastic!!! The taste of the apple from the beer really worked well. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    16. BTW, just so you know...the alcohol never completely burns off; that's a myth. But, after 5 hours or so in the crock pot, it's probably less than 5%, so more than likely safe for anyone. But if you have religious objections, it still has alcohol.

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    17. i tried this recipe the other night and was very disappointed. i used chicken breasts, a can of beer and several different spices. it sure made the house smell delicious, but the chicken was very dry and tasteless, even with the spices. i made a gravy out of the "juice" left in the crockpot to give it some more flavor, but i was not at all impressed. maybe it would be better with a whole chicken. :(

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    18. I would always use chicken on the bone vs. boneless breast because of the moistness factor, keeps it from getting dry...

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    19. It will definately make a difference if you use chicken breast versus the whole chicken. The skin locks in moisture and there is a much higher fat content in the whole chicken.

      I would note a word of caution in taking frozen meats from the freezer into the crockpot, especially a whole chicken. Unless you have a high-powered crockpot and have checked the internal temperature of the chicken, you are not likely getting the chicken out of the bacterial time danger zone in 4 hours or less, even on high.

      This recipe looks great and I can't wait to try it. I've always cooked beer can chicken in the oven. Thanks for the alternative.

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    20. any time you cook with alcohol it is just for tenderizing. The alcohol cooks off. You would be surprised how many things you eat out that are cooked with alcohol. Dont be afraid to try something just because it has alcohol in it. The longer you cook something the less alcohol that remains. For example: something that is cooked for 2.5 hours has 5% alcohol left over. Since most items cooked in the crock pot is cooked for way longer than that it is safe to say that most of the alcohol is gone.

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  3. I am making this today, but I added some additional seasonings!
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp thyme
    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

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  4. I have used equal parts of beer and ketchup with chicken or pork chops...it is amazingly good! Makes a good gravy too. I am going to try this recipe tomorrow! I work 3rd shift and am always looking for crockpot recipes to make my life easier...Thank you!!

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  5. I have made a similar recipe...3 pounds chicken, 1 can beer, 1 package each of ranch and Italian dressing packages, and, wait for it... 1 stick of butter. Also used Pork...delish and the cooking smell is incredible!

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    1. I hate the smell or taste of beer, does it have that taste to it??

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  6. Do put the can of beer up chickens butt and stand it up in crockpot just like u would in the oven. Can that be done?

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    1. Yeah...try ro do that when the recipe calls for chicken "cut up"!

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    2. The recipe does also state a whole chicken.. "4-6 Chicken Breasts or 1 [WHOLE] or cut up Chicken"

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    3. If your crockpot is deep enough to have the chicken up on end with the lid on then I think you coukd otherwise it wont work the way it would on the grill since it needs to be upright for the beer to steam it from the inside out

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  7. Julie you know I am not sure? I would think so...give it a try and let us know :) thanks!

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  8. Total cost $3 for that much chicken?! I need to start grocery shopping where you are!

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    1. Susan RichardsonMarch 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      I was able to find a 10 lb. bag of chicken leg quarters for 7.50 the other day. Just have to keep your eyes open to the sales.

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    2. $.62 a pound for chicken quarters my way !

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    3. quarters are .49/pound for me

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    4. I'll happily take any of those prices! My best tends to be Costco whole chicken at $.89 but even that just went up to $.99. Recipe sounds like one to try!

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    5. We had a .69c sale yesterday locally... but usually they are SO fatty... I mean, GROSS fatty. :/ You have to pay $1.15 for GOOD chicken here...
      but still, sounds great :) I'd like to try it with plain ole apple cider if I can find some on sale. We don't have beer around, and I'd hate to buy a 6 pack for one recipe! LOL

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    6. hee hee on the chicken price...I would love to find out where she shops.....beer price is a consideration too....in addition to the chicken..and the other ingredients.....but it does sound good and easy....a try..

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  9. How does the chicken have a brown sear on it from the crock pot?

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    1. Brown the chicken before putting it in the crockpot.

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    2. Ok so I Do brown Chic before I put in crock pot? How do I do that ? In a skillet? I'm starting this soon for tonite. Can someone help me Please?? Thank u! :)

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    3. I just put it in the crockpot and don't brown it. It will fall off the bone sort of like shredded or pulled chicken. If you want it browned you put it in the skillet first. But it still will fall off the bone when cooked. hope this helps. Enjoy!

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  10. I am making this right now. Thanks for sharing. Loading the crockpot now.

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  11. This also works really well if you use plenty of pepper, & some garlic powder & kosher salt. Then add a Mike's Hard Lemonade in place of the beer. Really nice & subtle lemon pepper chicken.

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    1. Wendy thanks for tip. This looks great!

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  12. Is it possible to replace the beer with something else? What would be good to do that?

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    1. I replaced the beer one time with a coke it was good. You can also use a container of salsa or italian dressing. Let us know.

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    2. I use apple cider vinegar.

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    3. Ellie, you may like this recipe
      http://neecegetscookin.blogspot.com/2012/07/slow-cooker-coke-chicken.html

      I'm gettin ready to make the beer can chicken in the crock pot for the first time, I make it in the oven all the time, very curious to see how this turns out.

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    4. You can use white wine aswell

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  13. Can the chicken be frozen?

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    1. Hi Brisa! I actually only cook my meat frozen in the crockpot. I have found the extra water makes it not dry out. Let us know how it goes :) Enjoy!

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    2. Thanks morgan, your very right about not lettimg it dry out! I feel silly I just saw the top of the page where it says it can be frozen :-) SO I AM CURRENTLY MAKING THIS AND ALL IT SMELLS LIKE IS BEER... Kinda not liking the smell... Hopefully the flavor will be different

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    3. Some don't like the smell of Beer. You can add a little bit of garlic and basil to help the smell :) hope it turns out yummy!

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  14. So...I've never commented on a recipe I found online. I felt like I had to for this one. This was THE BEST chicken I've ever had. Oh. My. Gosh. I cooked it as per the instructions, then added some BBQ sauce after. We had it as pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches. The next night I made BBQ chicken nachos with it! My one year old ate it by the handful ( I gave him the chicken without bbq sauce and threw in black beans and shredded cheese). Thank you for this AWESOME recipe!!

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  15. I am wondering does it have a beer taste? I don't like beer at all..if it does is there something I can substitute?

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    1. Try it with lawrys seasoning, garlic powder and orange pop in place of beer. Its awesome

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  16. Can this be done in the oven ??

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    1. I am sure you could. Just make sure deep enough pan so it doesn't boil over. Let us know how it turns out.

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    2. I make a rub with the seasoning & put it inside & all over chicken. Tben I place the whole chiken with an open can of beer up its butt in the oven standing up in a pan. Make a foil tent over the top & bake. just do a search for beer butt chicken there are many. But I like this method because crock pot cooking is so easy for a busy woman

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  17. Could someone please post how they made the chicken breast in the crockpot? Do you stand the beer can up inside or pour the beer over the breasts? Thanks!

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    1. Sorry for delayed response I just started new Job :) Yes just put your breasts in crockpot and pour the beer over them. I prefer to cook my meat in crockpots frozen. Let us know how it goes :)

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  18. Made this yesterday and my family loved it!!! talk about fall off the bone good!!! And it doesn't get any easier than this! add a couple of baked potatoes , fresh beans and asparagus and we had an amazing meal that everyone enjoyed!!! Thanks!

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  19. I am trying this now, quick question, does all the chicken need to be sitting down in the beer? (I hope this isn't a dumb question!) I am trying to make a lot of chicken at one time and I have the chicken breast on bottom and some legs on top of that - its all frozen so eventually the legs should fall closer into the beer at the bottom. Thank you!

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    1. No it doesn't the beer doesn't have to cover the chicken. As it cooks it will fall down into the beer :) enjoy!

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  20. What I mean by dressing is like a salad dressing. Not stuffing dressing enjoy :)

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  21. I didn't read every comment but has anyone tried this recipe with thin sliced pork chops??

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    1. I wouldn't cook very long if thin meat. It might get dry. So just don't cook very long....

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  22. Does it have a beer flavor to it? I don't like the flavor of beer in food. or does the beer just make it juicy?

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    1. I don't think it does...but I like beer...I have used a coke before. You can use root beer also. let us know... :)

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    2. no beer taste just very moist

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  23. Can you use a whole chicken that is frozen or does it need to be cut up? Thanks!

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    1. yes put it in whole and frozen :)Enjoy :))

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  24. If you try thinner meat make sure you don't cook it very long they will dry out. And I don't think it tastes like beer...but I like beer :) and as far as the whole chicken YES I have done that before and love it! Keep it frozen just put in crockpot, add spices and beer and cook! Enjoy :) Thanks everyone for your feedback! So Glad you like it!

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  25. Perhaps this is a dumb question, but roughly how many calories is in this meal? I know it probably depends on the type of beer/cut of chicken, but considering the beer is only there for flavor, would you not count all of the calories of the beer?

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  26. In my crockpot right now for supper tonight! This looks great, can't wait to taste it.

    mylifeinpodunk.blogspot.com

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  27. What a terrific and easy meal! I was going to cook drumsticks for dinner but wasn't sure how. Now I know! I can't wait to try it! And with the Sam Adams Summer Ale (which is all the beer I have), the chicken might end up with a slight lemon flavor too! I can't wait!

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  28. I'm trying this for supper tonight for the first time. I added lemon pepper and tony chacheres. Hope it turns out awesome!

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  29. are we saying just one small can of beer? or do i need enough to cover the food?

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    1. Just a regular can. Same size as a soda can. Not the "tall boy" size.

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  30. Just got this going in my crockpot for dinner tonight...I used drumsticks, Sprite and a ranch seasoning packet. Hoping for the best!

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  31. Hi, Im currently cooking this on my stove, (dont have a crock pot, unfortunately) anyone know how long i should cook it? How high of a temp?
    Thanks!!

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    1. Do you have an oven? if so do it in the oven on 375 for about 1 1/2hr covered.
      If not I would try...not saying it will work...but in a BIG pot covered on low/med for 1-1 1/2hrs let us know...

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  32. Can I use skinless boneless chicken breast?

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  33. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try tomorrow!

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  34. So if i use a whole chicken i can just stick the whole thing in the crock pot frozen?

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  35. :) cheap chicken leg quarters already seasoned from Kroger....were sitting in my freezer begging to be dinner...in the crockpot now with beer and it smells good!

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  36. Made this for dinner tonight, all I could taste was the beer and the chicken seemed a little dry. I used chicken breast. I will give it another try, but will use boned chicken and will only use half of what it calls for the beer.

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  37. This has been bubbling away since mid-morning, and it smells wonderful, and I don't even like the taste or smell of beer!
    I've read all the comments and am SUPER excited about trying this chicken!!

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  38. Making this right now also... I used new castle summer ale...really excited to have dinner tonight!!

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  39. lol...making this right now as well! anxious to try it. just recently started using my crockpot alot when i went full-time, always looking for easy, tasty crockpot recipes! I'll let you know how it turns out. :)

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  40. General Crock Pot questions for you ladies. I find when I make things in the crock pot its tastes dried out a lot of the time. I do have a very large crock pot and I'm not doubling recipes or anything like that. Do you think it's good big and causing things to dry out?

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    1. It might be. I would try a smaller crockpot or doubling the recipe. A discussion on the food.com website says that because of the larger size, "[i]f the crockpot is not more than halfway full, it may cook too fast," and thus, if you are cooking using a larger crockpot but following the suggested cooking times, your not-full-enough pot may be cooking it faster, leaving it dried out. Here's the forum discussion for where they mentioned this problem: http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=370235

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    2. Do you sear your meat first? That makes a difference. Also, cook on high for the first hour then turn it down.

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    3. I also have had this problem, even when cooking with it almost full. I've since started cooking on high, and turning it down as soon as I notice it's hot... but I turn it down to warm. My WARM (lowest) setting is hot enough to cook the roast! I sear it, put it in before church (aka 9 am) and it's done by 5... but on low (mid setting) it was really dry. HTH

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  41. I cook a whole chicken like this once a week but use water, carrots, onion, celery, salt and pepper and a bay leaf. I cook on low for 8 hours (from fresh not frozen) and end up with succulent mouthwatering chicken the falls off the bone which I shred for sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta etc... Plus I have created a beautiful chicken stock which I strain (discard the vegetables) and store in ziplock bags in the freezer ready to add to casseroles, soups etc...

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    1. Discard the veggies? OMGoodness...eat them!

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  42. Made this last night - husband loved it! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  43. Made this last night exactly like the recipe. I don't really understand all the hoopla over this recipe. It ends up being boiled chicken with little flavor. The photo shows browned chicken, but this is not the actual end result.

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    1. agree, I love beer roast beef and corned beef, but this was not good to us at all, and we love all kinds of food, this was actually a waste of both the beer and the chicken

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  44. How do you get the chicken to brown like in the picture? Will it do it in the crock pot or do you sear it first?

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    1. How I get my chicken brown is to slow cook it in the oven sealed in with heavy duty foil. Slow cook for about 6 hours on 275 degrees F or for about 3.5 hours on 375 degrees F. Once the meat is tender I remove the foil and let the meat brown by turning up the temperature to 450 degrees F. I cover the meat or chicken with juices from the pan every 5-7 minutes for about 45 minutes. This gives a lovely golden color and the meat remains tender and juicy.

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    2. Yes, if you want your meat for any crock recipe to be brown, you need to sear on the stove first, then place in crockpot.

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  45. Tastes great! I loved it! I threw some baby carrots in and they were nice and soft. The chicken was good. During the first 2 1/2 hrs of the chicken being in the crockpot I was worried that it would smell really strong like beer. The aroma of the chicken by the end was splendid. Took 2 minutes to prepare. Will definitely be making this again.

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  46. It is so windy here today we can' BBQ, so just put this in my crock pot and can hardly wait to try it:)

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  47. It's all in my crock pot now cooking. As I walked past my 10 year old with the can of beer at 10:30 am she curiously said what are you doing mommy (I'm not a beer drinker) and I said oh don't worry I'm not drinking it, just cooking dinner with it. She said well I'm not 21 and so I can't eat that lol I explained it to her the alcohol cooks out and not to worry . Hoping it's a hit here like everyone's post. Can't wait for dinner tonite

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  48. I cooked a pork loin roast in the crock pot tonight with a bottle of beer. Perfect! Never had pork so moist and tasty! I'm not a beer drinker either but happened to have some from company over awhile back.

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  49. I am trying this recipe tonight for dinner. Can't wait to taste it. :)

    I also added the following seasings:
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp thyme
    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    1/2 tsp of lemon pepper

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  50. I made this the other night with chicken breast and it turned out very dry. The flavor was there but definitely will try cooking it with dark meat next time.

    Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  51. I have a whole cut up chicken. Should I remove the skin before cooking?

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    1. I like to remove some of the skin and leave some of it. It is up to you if you like the skin leave it on. Some though prefer to remove the skin. Enjoy :)

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  52. I made this and it was great! It will definitely be made again in my house, thanks for the new recipe!

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    1. To get the chicken brown before hand just brown it on the stove using a frying pan and some cooking oil, then transfer to crock pot. Frozen chicken will result in more water in the crock pot during the cooking process, but that isn't a big deal. You can also use chicken broth. Try putting frozen breasts into a crock pot with either one jar of salsa or picante sauce( they work the same) shred the chicken when finished and use them to make quesadillas! Put the chicken onto a tortilla with some white American cheese and refrained beans! Yummy!

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  53. I added some greek seasoning to the chicken before pouring a can of beer over the top....no other seasoning needed! After the chicken breasts (I used 6 frozen, boneless) were done I made a roux on the stove and added the broth from the crockpot to make a gravy. A side of egg noodles made this the perfect sunday meal!

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  54. I am making it rightnow with 1/2 pk of Italian dressing,chopped onion and garlic,half can of beer and 2 tablespoon of sambal oelek,using two chicken breast-bone in...we will be having it with brown fried rice.

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    1. This sounds so good can't wait to give it a try!

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  55. I was making some chicken wings today and I remembered seeing this recipe on Pinterest, so I improvised it a bit and it turned out great. I threw a large bag of wings in the crockpot with a can of beer, a few shots of Siracha and some minced garlic, salt, pepper and paprika. After they were cooked, I added some BBQ sauce and hot pepper sauce and let them sit about an hour, then carmelized on the grill. BIG HIT! Thank you!

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    1. This sounds SO good! I can't wait to try it thanks for the tips :)

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    2. How long did you leave them in the crockpot?

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  56. America's Test Kitchen tested an assortment of beers in recipes and found that non-alcoholic beer (O'Doul's) actually gave the best flavor. So I've been using it and agree - it tastes great in recipes. I prefer the red one (lager?) for most things, but the green one is good too. An added bonus I've found is that I can keep it in the pantry and it will still be there when I come for it - my husband won't drink it. :)

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    1. That was very helpful! I found great beverage ideas... Mike's Hard Lemonade... Summer Ales... but, non-alcoholic tested by America's Test Kitchen? I am in! THANKS!

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  57. I have this going in the crock pot right now with a whole chicken. I ended up having to partially thaw the chicken so I could get the bag of gunk out before I put it in the crock pot. THAT was a challenge. But it's in there now (with Harpoon Winter Warmer beer) and I think I might go toss a bag of baby carrots in with it.

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  58. Well, this is most extraordinary. I have a new Black and Decker crockpot. I followed the recipe, added a few more herbs (tarragon and dill) and set it at "high" for six hours. At the end of this, I am left with a watery, flavourless sauce and anaemic-looking chicken. (I used boneless, skinless breasts.) I am wondering if there is something wrong with my crockpot as the chicken (top quality, which I frequently purchase) is very tough.
    I noticed someone back there saying her crockpot was "bubbling" and emitting a lovely aroma. Mine certainly never got close to bubbling. Does it sound to any of you crockpot-experienced ladies that there might be something wrong with the actual pot? (I've had it for five years so no warranty unfortunately. It's sat in the box all that time and came out just for this recipe.)

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    1. Antonia did you cook fresh or frozen breasts? If fresh cook them on low. If Frozen they have more water but some crockpots you can't cook on high as long. Once the chicken is cooked in this manner it is bested served shredded or pulled if on the bone. I would say the key is finding the right time with your crockpot it is probably a great crockpot. Try cooking on low and checking the meat in 1/2 the time then let it cook longer checking every hour. You should only have to do this once to see how hot your crockpot cooks so you can adjust the times there after. Good Luck let us know how it goes for you :)

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  59. Thank you, Morgan (pretty name). I cooked fresh. The high setting didn't seem to be very warm, so I let it go on for too long I guess. Thanks so much for the advice. It is very much appreciated. :)

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    1. Awe thanks! Likewise Antonia;) I would try one of my no fail favorite crockpot recipes next to test the heat of your pot. My biggest suggestion...and some people don't agree...but if you use a crockpot cook the meat in it frozen. It has added water and makes the meat SUPER moist especially a roast.
      But, If you like beans & rice and chicken or pork this will give it enough moisture to help figure out your temp. Here is the link to the exact recipe http://www.mydailydish.com/2009/04/pork-wblack-beans-rice.html
      But my easy steps are:

      4 Frozen Chicken Breasts or 1 Frozen Pork Roast
      2 Cans of Seasoned Black Beans in Sauce not drained
      1 Can of diced tomatoes
      Put it all in the crockpot

      Add any spices you want like Garlic, Hot Sauce, Cumin, Onion whatever you want...

      Cook on high for 4 hours. Then for you I would check it and break up the chicken stir. Cook another 1-2 hours if seems still good to go...if it seems almost cooked put on low.
      Serve over Rice :)

      Best to you Antonia. I had 2 kids and bed rest and LIVED on cooking in the crockpot for awhile and still do. SO...I think you will like it once you try some things. Let us know :) You can search "Crockpot" on my site for all my ideas.

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  60. Not to dog your recipe or post because i know a lot of people do this but you are NOT supposed to cook FROZEN meat in a crock pot. The internal temperature does not reach a high enough point to properly kill all the bacteria. You may not get deathly ill but it can cause intestinal issues that you may not realize this is what it causing it...especially if you have young children or people who are susceptible to tummy trouble. You could do this in the CP but would need to finish it off in an oven above 350 and that would even give it a nice browning..which is evident in the picture. Which the picture does NOT look like this finished product at all!

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    2. I understand your concern. Food safety is my top concern when cooking since I have a 4yr old and 2yr old. So when cooking frozen meat I did my research of course. If you are concerned your's doesn't get hot enough here is a link for some good tips on checking your temperature of your crockpot and the safety of cooking frozen chicken:

      http://en.allexperts.com/q/Food-Safety-Issues-767/2008/5/slow-cooking-chicken-breasts.htm

      or this answer:

      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Will_cooking_chicken_in_a_crock_pot_kill_bacteria

      Most crockpots get to a temperature high enough to cook and kill bacteria. Just make sure you cook on high and make sure any poultry is fully cooked before eating! Happy cooking :)

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  61. I just tried this recipe today... followed the directions except my crock pot seemed very full with little liquid (I had 5 leg quarters) so I added a cup of chicken broth.

    They cooked for about 5.5hrs on high and were DELICIOUS!

    Thanks for a lovely easy recipe!

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    1. Forgot to mention... I made gravy from the drippings... pure ecstasy! The yummiest chicken gravy I've ever had :) Thanks again!

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    2. Great idea thanks :) I will give that a try! YUM!

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  62. How did you make the gravy? Trying this recipe tomorrow for dinner! Popping my crock pot cherry!

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  63. Recipe sounds great and most importantly EASY! I may try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  64. Made this today. Very very good. I used defrosted bone in skin on chicken parts & added a few big squirts of ketchup to the beer & spices. I cooked on low for 8 hours in my Crock Pot (brand name) & it was brown bubbling & I could smell it in my garage. I also made gravy from the sauce & the breasts needed it as they were very tender but a tad dry. Highly recommend.

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  65. One of your commenters posted a query whether alcohol burns off in the cooking. This is important for not only parents, but, people who have dietary or other restrictions. As it happens, crock-pot cooking is one of the sure-fire ways to burn off the alcohol because it cooks low and slow for a long period of time. However, it's a common misconception that it burns off in ALL cooked foods. It doesn't. It depends entirely on the method and the length of time it's been cooked. One of the more detailed charts is on OChef, here: http://www.ochef.com/165.htm

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  66. On hand I have... Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush and Lemonade...would any of these work?

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    1. YES...and of them would be great!!!! Dr. Pepper especially!!

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  67. try root beer in place of beer...super good too!!! I do this with a pork shoulder roast and root beer regularly and it is heavenly!! I use a defrosted roast!! there are lot's of "root beer" pulled pork recipes on pinterest!

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  68. I want to know where you shop that you got all of those ingredients for 3 bucks!

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  69. I have chicken quarters that are thawed and they have lemon pepper seasoning on them. Could I still use root beer? will it taste right?

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  70. Does the beer have to be in a can or can it be in a bottle?

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  71. I made this yesterday and it worked great in terms of the cooking and the timing and everything, but it tasted terrible - the chicken had this sort of bitter strange taste to it! I know the chicken wasn't bad because I just bought it. I cooked from frozen, but it definitely got hot enough (I checked with a thermometer). Could it have been the type of beer I used? It was a strong ale (just what we had in the house and no one wanted to drink). Do you think it makes a big difference? Thanks!

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  72. I'm using drumsticks, do I need to remove the skin before cooking?

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  73. I can't wait to try this! I've had beer can chicken on the grill but I never thought to slow cook the chicken in beer. Thank you for sharing.

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  74. I am trying this recipe this weekend. I cant understand why anyone would cook chicken frozen though, especially before washing it. Chicken is the nastiest meat to handle. I guess its because I grew up around chicken houses and plants. I dont know anyone that cooks chicken without washing it first. You can't wash it while its still frozen.
    - anonymous from Mississippi

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  75. Great recipe! Thanks for posting it. Made it exactly as stated, using frozen, skinless breasts. Cooked all day. Shredded very nicely, had a nice delicate taste by itself. Hubby and son liked it with spicy BBQ sauce, while I mixed it with quinoa and sautéed veggies. I intend to try some of the variations as well, next time. Great job!

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  76. I just put this in my crockpot! I used the cola and added one fresh cut up onion! I hope it turns out wonderful!

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  77. I put this in my crockpot yesterday. I used 4 chicken breasts, and cooked for 8 hours on low. The smell was fantastic when I got home. But unfortunately, the chicken was dry. Any ideas why my chicken would have been so dry?

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    1. Hi Meegan. It sound like you have a very hot crockpot. Were the breasts fresh or frozen. they will have more liquid if you cook them frozen. I only cook frozen in crockpot but some disagree. If they are fresh I would cut the time to 6hrs. They should be tender and fall apart. almost like shredded pork/chicken. Let us know :)

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  78. I am excited to make this for dinner next week :) I have one question that I did not see answered anywhere up above, (sorry if I missed it). If you use frozen chicken how do you get it brown? I know you can sear fresh chicken and it will brown, but was not sure of frozen chicken. Thanks for your help.

    Tonia

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    1. Tonia. Some are not liking using the frozen chicken. I use frozen chicken in the crockpot. I don't brown it like the picture I pull it apart and use over rice, in burritos, or on a sandwich. If you want it browned it is best to not cook in crockpot with a liquid it falls apart. Let us know how your comes out :) enjoy!

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  79. what size beer and what can shoud i use. i don't drink beer. but i will cook with it.

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    1. Hi Jane you can use a regular 12oz size can of beer :) let us know if you like it. I know that some that don't drink beer are using root beer or soda. Enjoy!

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  80. I cooked this last night it was really good like eating basted turkey! Lol but it didn't lookalike the picture posted it had a lot of juices at the bottom which the chicken was swimming in husband didn't care for it

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  81. I didn't have beer on hand so I used my homemade white wine it smelled amazing all day!!! And added cayenne pepper as one of the spices for a little kick of heat mmmmmmm

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  82. I have is cooking right now....I used ingredients above but added...1/2 t cumin, 1/2 t onion powder, 1/2 t oregano, 1/2 thyme, 1 T powdered ranch, and a can of cream of chicken. I want it to have a creamy gravy for rice. Oh...and I used bid light lime. Hope it turns put yummy for us.....if not....then for the doggies. Ha. :)

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  83. Has anyone used the juice to make a gravy?

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  84. I am making this right now! I changed it up a bit:
    1 Bottle Hard Apple Cider (angry orchard brand)
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    1/2 tsp. seasoned Salt
    1/2 tsp. Onion powder
    1/2 tsp. garlic Powder
    1/2 tsp. Thyme
    1/2 tsp. Rosemary
    2 T butter
    I will be posting this later on my blog, once I see how it tastes LOL...who knows the cider could turn out to be a flop LOL

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  85. $3 per chicken breast? Or $3 for the meal? Either way, can't wait to make this tomorrow! It works out to about $3 per chicken breast for us;) Thx for the recipe!!!!!

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  86. Looks like this will be a hit for us, I had some quarters frozen so I partially thawed the pulled apart and rinsed. I immediately seared them on the outside. Two at a time in my nonstick pan with olive oil,then transferred to my crock... I added a bottle of beer and a cup or two of Dr pepper, garlic and onion powder, thyme salt and pepper..smells pretty great. I was worried about blandness, but I pulled a piece of chicken off to taste..very nice.! I'm serving with oven roasted sliced potatoes that my kids adore. Feeling very Susy homemaker today, and It was easy! .99 cents a lb here for the chicken- I'm thinking it works out to about a dollar a person for our whole dinner tonight including the beer!

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  87. I just this and it definitely fell off the bone! Very juicy and tender however it had a strong beer taste. I even added half a cup of ketchup to the crock pot. My hubby loved it, but the beer taste threw me off. It could be the type of beer I used. I only had Blue Moon on hand. I ended up tossing my share in honey BBQ sauce and tasted pretty good after that.

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  88. Will this make the chicken shredded? I have made chicken in the crock pot before and it fell apart!

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    1. Yes it falls apart like shredded chicken or pork. I wrote this recipe back in 2010 and it won't let me change the picture :/ I might have browned it that day and took wrong picture. So yes it falls apart. I make it sometimes falling apart but not shredded and put it over rice.

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  89. I made this for my husband last night, and he said it was amazing...I used 1 can Coors Light, Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder and Pepper. I used frozen legs and cooked on high for approx 6hours...just make sure you season liberally....yummy!

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  90. I really wanted to like this but my spouse and I both found it to be very bland. I even added more seasonings.

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    1. I was highly disappointed too. I made it last night and although it smelled good, it was incredibly bland!

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  91. After seeing people raving about this all over Pinterest I decided to take a chance and make it for Father's Day this year. Bottom line, I ended up having to run to the grocery store to get a quick replacement meal because this was so gross. Followed recipe to a T. What am I missing? It was completely bland. Just tasted like boiled chicken. Also the chicken had a really weird slimy texture. I really wanted to like this recipe! Any idea why I got these results?

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  92. Do you have to brown the chicken before puttin it in crock pot?

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  93. I loved this!
    Had it for dinner tonight cooked in on low for 8 hours


    YUM!
    oh and my toddler ate it all up!

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  94. I made it tonight. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs - 4 pounds and about 1 1/2 bottles of 12 ounce beer; in case you're curious I used a lager (Miller Gold Draft).

    I cooked it on high for 3 1/2 hours and it was falling apart. My preteen and teens like it. Made enough for left overs. I would definitely make this again and add maybe 2 pounds of carrots on top.

    Thank you!

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  95. Hi guys, I've recently moved out of my parent's house and looking for new and easy things to cook. I generally like drumsticks and I'm sure this is a dumb question but will 4 drumsticks still work the same? I would probably be using them from the frozen state. Thanks for the help guys!

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    1. hi lai. I would cook them on low for the first time and watch the time. You don't want them to get dry and that is not a lot of meat. So 4 drumsticks on low might only be around 3hrs. you want it to fall off the bone. then it's done. you will LOVE using the crockpot now that you are out on your own. I have lots of cool receipes for the crockpot on here. Enjoy! and good luck :)

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  96. Can potatoes be added in with the chicken?

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  97. I have a pretty large crockpot and with 3 chicken breasts and just 1 can of beer the chicken isn't even half immersed. Has anyone tried adding coke after the beer is already in there? If not, how do you think it would taste if I did that?

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  98. I am making this tomorrow this is a stupid question but did you all put the seasonings in the bottom of the crock pot with chicken on top of it or did you mix it all up and poor over the chicken?

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  99. I just made this using 4 frozen chicken breasts and following the recipe for the spices. It was great! This recipe is a keeper!

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  100. Made this with chicken tonight. Turned out great. Going to change it up a bit tomorrow. Beef, replacing the 12oz beer with 6oz merlot, 6oz beefstock and all the other seasonings..... sounds like it'll work. We'll see.

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  101. Can someone please tell me the best kind of beer to use? I'm doing this tomorrow for date night :)

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    1. I just read through all the comments on this recipe. There are SO many variations in reaction that I doubt anybody could really say what is the "best" beer to use. I prefer using a beer with a stronger flavor such as New Castle (or even Guinness on occasion), but I'm sure there are many who would hate it.
      I used to use cookbooks and painstakingly follow recipes as if they were chemistry experiments. Then I started watching cooking shows and realized that all the best cooks are "loose". Throw in some of this, some of that, a dash of something more... taste it and keep going. After you try some beer recipes, you'll know what works best for you. I now have learned to treat recipes as just general guides. Use them only as a starting point and have fun!


      BTW... Did your date like it?

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  102. So I just put the whole chicken in. I stuffed the Chicken w/ a 1/2 apple and then I cut up a yellow onion and placed the other 1/2 apple on the bottom I put the chicken in then put the rest of the onion on top. Added a smokey apple rub I had on hand, salt pepper, garlic and a can of bud light and a secret ingredient of Honey Dijon Dressing I was thinking adding Pineapple (I like to experiment obviously lol) but we'll wait and see how this turns out LOL

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  103. I'm looking forward to trying this. I've never cooked a whole chicken in my CrockPot and just wanted to see if it was even feasible. I'm planning along the lines of 1 New Castle, a packet of Ranch dressing mix, and some onion soup mix. I'll post about results.

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  104. Made it today for the first time. I used 6 fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked it on high for about 3 1/2-4 hours and it was perfect!! Very juicy, lots of juices/beer left, great flavor. I browned them in a skillet at the end (removed from the crock pot, browned them, then placed back in the crock pot and juices.). Turned out perfect!! I sell Tastefully Simple gourmet food mixes so, I'm pairing the chicken with Tastefully Simple's Bountiful Beer Bread and steamed broccoli. YUMMY! And the house smelled DIVINE when I walked in the door :)

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  105. Can I add potatoes and carrots to the crock pot with the chicken and beer at the same time?

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    1. I do. I just put everything I want in the crockpot with the chicken & beer. I also like to add mushrooms. Enjoy!

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  106. I am making this for the first time, but I hate beer, so I substituted angry orchard ginger apple hard cider. The finer and apple with the spices smells so good cooking, I can't wait to try it!

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  107. This sounds delicious, but I have a question. I do love my crock pot, but I will be cooking about 40 pieces of chicken for 30 people right after Christmas, when my son comes home for the first time with my brand new grandson :), so I will be cooking this in the oven. Any suggestions on what temperature & for how long to get the same effect as if cooked in a crock pot. Thank you for your help

    Diane

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    1. Hi Diane. If you use fresh chicken in pieces I would cook at 350 for 45minutes to 1hr. It should start to fall off the bone. Have fun with your family enjoy :)

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  108. I'm making this right now. I just want to add that the cost says $3, and that is so very false. The bag of chicken breasts alone was $5 on SALE. Then add the cost of the beer, and the spices...You're looking at atleast twice the supposed cost stated here. Even if I already had all the spices, it would still be more than $3.

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    1. I think we're all more interested in hearing how the chicken turned out rather than how much it cost you.

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    2. Hello! I am a "Celebrating Home" Designer & I want to say thank you for this recipe!!! I am always looking for GREAT Recipes to try in our AMAZING STONEWARE!!! I made this in the Celebrating Home Bean Pot in the MICROWAVE (on high) for 13 minutes!!! It was AWESOME!!! I always let my customers know where I found the AWESOME RECIPE and show them how easy it can be to cook quick, easy & delicious meals for their family! Thank you again!!! I will be returning to check out more of your recipes! : )

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    3. Considering Dharla this was posted in 2010 the prices of everything has probably gone up. Grocery prices change constantly. If you shop for groceries, you should know this! What actually matters is how your attempt to make this FABULOUS recipe turned out.

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  109. This was literally the most flavorful and tender chicken ever. We dumped some salsa in and some cajun spice. Amazingly good.

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  110. if you use a stout or porter beer the chicken has a lot of flavor. Use whats left in the crockpot to make gravy and have it with mashed potatoes!

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  111. How bout Beer chicken with Beer bread? I make a gluten free beer bread. Just search copycat beer bread. SOOO easy!

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  112. Yummmmmm....full of flavor! Very tender.

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