Thursday, November 8, 2012

beer can-less chicken

I didn't have any cans of beer, only bottles, but I wanted beer can chicken with all of the moisture and was too lazy to head out for a six-pack....soooo I made beer can-less chicken (using the beer T & I made for his birthday) in the rooster roaster my parents brought back from their trip to Africa, producing the same results!

1 whole chicken (3-4lb)
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbs onion powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp dried herbs de provence
2 tsp salt
2 tbs black pepper
3 cloves garlic, smashed
8 oz beer of choice (a little more than half of a can)  
2 sweet potatoes
2 tsp brown sugar  

1. Preheat oven to 450F. Crush cloves of garlic and place in center of roaster (or directly in half can of beer). Fill cavity with 6 oz of beer.   

2. Mix all herbs and spices & add to beer/garlic mixture.

3. Pat chicken dry, drizzle olive oil inside of chicken and sprinkle 1/3 of spice/herb mixture on the inside. Plop the chicken on the beer mixture (or directly on top of can) so the chicken is sitting up. Rub chicken with drizzle of olive oil and remainder of spice/herb mixture.

4. Add remaining 2 oz beer to bottom of pan/roaster. Place in oven for 10 minutes.

5. Meanwhile cut up sweet potatoes into small wedges. After 10 minutes have passed, remove chicken from oven & lower heat to 425F. Scatter sweet potatoes around chicken and top with drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of brown sugar & return to oven for another 1 hour.

6. When the time is up, check the temperature to make sure it is fully cooked, transfer & cut up to enjoy!

Note: These leftovers make great ingredients in chicken noodle soup
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