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:


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

229 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 lettim