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Beer Can Chicken

Photo: John Montana; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 whole chickens (about 4 lb. each)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 12-oz. cans beer

Nutrition Information

  • calories 298
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • protein 29 g
  • carbohydrate 2 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 129 mg
  • sodium 566 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Rinse chickens inside and out; pat dry thoroughly.

  2. Mix paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper. Rub chickens (inside and outside) with spice mixture.

  3. Pour about 2 oz. beer out of each can. Set cans upright in a roasting pan large enough to hold both chickens without touching. Set chickens so that cans fit inside cavities, legs facing down. Roast chickens until juices run clear, about 1 hour 15 minutes, basting after 30 minutes.

  4. Carefully remove chickens from beer cans and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Carve into portions and serve.