My daughters birthday was the end of July and she waited until the day before to tell me what she wanted for dinner. Skies the limit when it’s your birthday in this house. Considering we’ve taught the kids to like expensive stuff like lobster and crab, this can be a scary thing at the end of the month.
Thanks to Pinterest I was told recipe titles she wanted but she gave me no link. Sure, I could look things up on google but is it the same one she saw on Pinterest and wanted? When she said she didn’t care I gave up caring and went in search of something that sounded yummy.
We’ve done the beer butt chicken on the grill many times over the years. But I’ve never just cooked chicken in beer. Basically, this was going to poach the chicken in it. Hmm, this had me a little worried about what beer to choose. The original recipe from Laaloosh.com used Guinness because that’s one of their favorites. While I could see this would make a really flavorful chicken, I’ve always read not to use beer or wine that you wouldn’t drink when making a recipe.
Hubby and I hate Guinness and daughter just turned 18 so she’s never even had it.
I ended up using Third Shift’s amber ale. It turned out ok, I think next time I’ll go for something a little darker. Maybe go to the Elk Head Brewery down the road and grab a growler of IPA. I also stuck pretty close to the recipe the first time and I found that I needed to add more spices for my taste.
That’s typically what happens when I first make a recipe. Even when I add a little bit of my tweak to it, it needs even more. It’s why I say “a recipe is just a place to start”.
Next time I also think I’d like to make it using chicken tenders, not the full chicken breast. I’ll also make it on low. My daughter decided she wanted to go hiking the morning of her bday so I couldn’t be home at the appropriate time to get the meal started on low. My picture looked nothing like the original recipe and I’m not ok with that. I have to figure out how to fix that and I know a darker beer would be a good start.
I almost didn’t get a picture at all. My parents came over for dinner and everything was ready at once. It was chaos and thankfully I had one lonely chicken breast left in the crock pot after we ate. Everyone said they loved it. Even my picky brother.
- 2lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 small onion, cut in half and then into small strips
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp fresh, diced oregano or 1 Tbsp dried
- 3 tsps fresh, diced thyme or 1 tsp dried
- ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 12 oz beer of choice
- Place onion in crock.
- Put chicken on top of onion.
- Add all of the seasonings and spices, sprinkling over chicken.
- Pour beer in crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5.
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