Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken Recipe
Photo: John Montana; Styling: Lynn Miller


Serves 8

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Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 298
Fat 20 g
Satfat 5 g
Protein 29 g
Carbohydrate 2 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 129 mg
Sodium 566 mg


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


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.