Taste testers are worth their weight in gold around our home. Taste testers that will also write about what they tasted, even more better! This super easy Beer Braised Chicken Recipe was prepared for my resident taste testers, and Randy, the head taste tester, is here to share all about it. Take it away, Randy!

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This Beer Braised Chicken Recipe couldn’t be easier and is perfect for any weeknight meal. It can be prepared and cooked in a little over 30 minutes.

Dinnertime is not only a time of fellowship, but nourishment, and call me crazy, but I want it to taste good. With current food costs so durn much, I want to make the most of it, but sometimes it feels like you have to be a lottery winner to pay the grocery bill. With the sticker shock at the meat counter, it’s tempting to just bypass it altogether and try to figure out something else for dinner. But, there is no substitute for preparing real food from scratch for flavor and nutrition and budget friendliness.

This Beer Braised Chicken checks all the boxes. The flavor is fantastic and it’s as easy as can be. You might have enjoyed beer-can chicken before. That’s the one where a whole chicken is roasted on top of a beer can on the grill or in the oven. Beer Braised Chicken is the same general flavor profile but there are a couple advantages. First of all you can choose which chicken parts to cook instead of having to cook the whole thing. Secondly, beer roasted chicken is never dry. Yes, flavorful and juicy. And no, surprisingly it does NOT have a strong beer flavor. This roasted chicken is well-seasoned and not dry. Really good. Really easy. A real winner.

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Speaking of costs, chicken thighs are perfect for this recipe. Thighs in my humble opinion are the tastiest parts of the bird and thankfully they’re usually the least expensive parts too. Often our local market often has thighs or leg quarters on sale for a fraction of what boneless breasts of tenderloins cost. And while we’re on the topic of chicken, I am a big believer that the most tender and juicy chickens are the smaller ones. It seems like every time I go the market the birds available for purchase are getting bigger and bigger, and we find that they just don’t taste all that good and the texture is usually tough too. So we always try to find the smaller of the offerings.

This Beer Braised Chicken Recipe is one to try real soon. It’ll will be done in no time and disappear just as quick. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out this Balsamic Beer Braised Pork Roast Recipe for another easy way to utilize the flavor of beer when braising meat.

Easy Beer Braised Chicken Recipe | shewearsmanyhats.com

Beer Braised Chicken Recipe

Easy Beer Braised Chicken Recipe | shewearsmanyhats.com

Beer Braised Chicken Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This quick and easy chicken is so full of flavor and never dry. It's really the perfect recipe for any weeknight meal.


  • 3 pounds favorite bone-in, skin on chicken pieces, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
  2. Add olive oil to bottom of an iron or oven-proof skillet or dutch oven. Coat chicken with olive oil, generously sprinkle with salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Arrange chicken in a single layer.
  4. Whisk together beer and brown sugar, and pour over chicken.
  5. Bake uncovered 30 minutes, or until chicken is done.

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Originally published August 13, 2014.