Recipe: Beer Butt Chicken

This time of year is my favourite; icy cold sunny days, no excuses needed for snuggly nights in and most importantly roast dinners. I know some people have roasts all year round but in our household Sundays were always marked with BBQs in summer and roasts in the winter. But how do you upgrade your average roast chicken and make it into something special? You want crispy, salty chicken skin, meat that’s full of flavour and moisture and, most importantly, you want a bonafide reason to have a drink whilst cooking. Look no further. This recipe DEMANDS you to have a beer in order to make it. Or at least half of one (but who’s counting?).

Now non-drinkers, never fear.  This isn’t ALL about the beer.  If you can’t, won’t or don’t drink then you can get creative with your moisture-maker and use whatever you fancy can-wise; a coke, an oven-friendly jar filled with vegetable stock, even a can of baked beans.  We made this the first time with some left over alcohol-free beer that had taken up permanent residence in our fridge and it tasted delicious. I don’t find the meat tastes of beer, it just helps keep it as moist as possible.

Anyway, I digress.  You really must try it this season.  And try to look at your chicken sitting up in your oven without grinning…

Roast Beer Can Chicken

Makes one roast chicken to feed four

You will need:

  • A medium chicken (about 1.2-1.5kg)
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme – or any other herb you fancy, perhaps a bit of rosemary?!
  • Salt & pepper
  • A can of beer (Coke/Baked Beans/Oven-friendly jar of veggie stock… really it’s up to you)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (based on a fan oven)
  2. Rub a small amount of oil into the chicken skin.  Remember to do all over the bird as it won’t be lying down!
  3. Season your chicken with generous amounts of thyme, salt and pepper making sure to cover the whole chicken
  4. Take your can and drink half of it – Right now.  Down it.  Or, you know, pour it into a glass for later.
  5. Put the half-filled can in the centre of your baking tray, place the chicken on top and lower it onto the can so that the can is firmly inside the cavity
  6. Cook the chicken at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 1hr 30, checking using a skewer or sharp knife to make an incision into the deepest chest meat and push to see if the juices run clear.  If they do, it’s cooked! If the juice is pink, keep cooking
  7. Take your chicken out of the oven and cover with a tea-towel.  Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.  This ensures the chicken is wonderfully moist
  8. Finally, carve, serve and enjoy!


Got some leftover chicken? Try this easy stir fry recipe to use up the leftover meat.


  • Sarah 23rd October 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Gosh this sounds amazing! Neve rthought of adding beer to my roast chicken. May have to try this! #KCACOLS

    • DevonMamaOnline 23rd October 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Anything works!! The best bit is you get lots of crispy skin all round! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Laura - dear bear and beany 23rd October 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I am a summer girl at heart, but what I love about the autumn and winter is I make more roast dinners. My favourite part of the chicken is the skin, naughty but nice. If this make it crisper, even better! x #KCACOLS

    • DevonMamaOnline 24th October 2016 at 9:34 am

      It means you get loads more of it as well as the whole of the chicken goes crispy – not just the top! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Jade The Parenting Jungle 26th October 2016 at 8:58 pm

    YUM again. I have roasted ham in coke before but never chicken in beer. It looks delicious and I ca imagine is very juicy. Take your can and drink half of it cooking instructions ever. That chicken skin looks delicious covered in salt and time…I am tempted to make a roast now…at 9pm….go buy a chicken in my jammies, that’s how tasty your pictures look. Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS we hope to see you next Sunday…or if not I am inviting myself over to your house for a roast 😉 x

    • DevonMamaOnline 27th October 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Ooh I love the ham in coke too, this is lovely! Especially the drinking demands… makes it taste SO much nicer too! Thanks for popping by x

  • Emma Plus Three 26th October 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Oooh this sounds delicious!! x #KCACOLS

    • DevonMamaOnline 27th October 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you! It really is… and easy! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Rainbows are too beautiful 28th October 2016 at 10:14 am

    Yummy looking #kcacols

    • DevonMamaOnline 28th October 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you!! xx

  • Now I am mum 29th October 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Ooh love this, permission to open a beer! It’s going to ve a happy weekend! #kcacols

    • DevonMamaOnline 29th October 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Chefs perks!! Thanks for stopping by x

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