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Thursday, May 5, 2011

What an Ass!

Sin Ming Cookhouse / Bakery / Whatever

What’s a boy to do when he is stuck at home with a large chicken and a can of beer?  Why not try cooking beer can chicken!  I heard of this concept many a time but I’d never tried cooking it due to a perception that it was too difficult to do.. how mistaken I was.

After doing some research I managed to find a few recipes online and I kinda took a hybrid of 3, so without further adieu here’s the recipe for beer can chicken:


  • 1 Can of Malted Beer (more malty the better the flavor)
  • 1 Medium to Large Chicken
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Thoroughly clean the chicken
  2. Wash and pat dry (inside and out)
  3. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
  4. Season the inside cavity with salt and pepper
  5. Empty 1/4 of the can of beer into a glass
  6. Add 1/2 a table spoon of salt and 1/2 a tablespoon of pepper to the open beer can
  7. With the beer can upright insert it to the cavity of the chicken and ensure the chicken and beer can remain upright ( If you need to help prop up the chicken insert soaked skewers)
  8. Place in baking tray and season the outside of the chicken with salt and pepper then coat with olive oil
  9. Roast in the oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 90 minutes continually basting chicken with olive oil and remaining beer

I took the drippings and remaining beer to make gravy.  Simply add the remaining 1/4 can of beer to roasting tray drippings to a small pan and stir, to thicken add flour.

I also cooked some simple backed potato scallops in cream and garlic; basically thinly slice potatoes, cook up some cream with salt, pepper and chopped garlic.  Add the cooked sauce to the potatoes and bake for 20 minutes!

Bon Appétit – Sidney

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