Are you a chicken lover? Well, out Economical Chef today would love to introduce you to the a special recipe for cooking your chicken i.e. the Slow Cooker Beer Chicken. This slow cooking beer chicken will give you a new unique flavor and taste to enjoy your chicken meat. You can eat it with bread, rice or as a side dish for beer drinking.
If you have visitors, you can easily impress your guests with this Slow Cooker Beer Chicken that takes minimal effort to make. Throw it on a bun with some BBQ sauce, or eat it plain with some rice and veggies. Your call.
Now, let’s get start with the key ingredients and preparation.
Ingredients needed for cooking
The two main ingredients you need for cooking this beer chicken are the beer and chicken themselves. Yet, you will also need the following seasonings for adding your flavors:
Key Ingredients and the amount needed
Here are the types and amount of each ingredient you’ll need for the recipe.
- 1.5-2 lbs chicken breasts
- 12 oz beer
- 1 shallot
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp paprika (or however much you want)
- Salt and pepper
Besides that, just add whatever seasoning you’re feeling. This time around I went with garlic, shallots and paprika. But you can and should go with any combination of flavors that you see fit. Some ideas:
- Italian: Oregano and thyme
- Mexican: Cumin, garlic powder, oregano and chili powder
- Spicy: Red Pepper and chili powder
- Economical: Shallot, garlic and paprika
The total prep for this thing should take you less than 10 minutes. Scratch that, it should take 2 minutes. You take the chicken, season it and add it to the slow cooker with the beer. Here’s the steps:
- Put the chicken in your slow cooker
- Season both sides with salt, pepper and paprika
- Chop your garlic and shallot, and add to the slow cooker
- Pour in the beer
- Let it cook for either 3-4 hours (high) or 6-8 hours (low)
- Take the chicken out and shred with two forks
If your hands are tied because you don’t have a slow cooker, consider getting the Presto pressure cooker I use below. It’s pretty inexpensive and you can get a lot of use from it.
And here is the cooking in action…
From here, add any final seasoning and pour in your beer of choice. I went with Blue Moon here. Is it because Blue Moon is my favorite beer and I just couldn’t wait to cook with it?
I hate Blue Moon. I have a bunch of leftover bottles from New Year’s that’s been sitting in my beverage fridge. So, I decided to get rid of it by cooking with it.
Bold move, I know; cooking with a beer I don’t drink. What if the chicken tastes like Blue Moon and I hate it?!
It didn’t. It tasted like delicious beer-soaked chicken. Not like Blue Moon. Now watch me gladly dump that beer:
And that’s really it. Turn on the slow cooker and return in 3-8 hours. Feels kind of like cheating.
Let’s get economical with this Slow Cooker Beer Chicken:
- 2 lbs of chicken – $12.00
- 1 shallot – $.75
- 1 clove garlic – $.10
- Paprika – $.15
- 1 bad beer – $1.00
Bringing the total to $14.00.
Two pounds of chicken can get you five servings pretty easily. We’re talking $2.80 per serving.
Plus, I’m really high-balling with some of these seasonings. The worst part is having to pay a couple bucks up front to get them in your pantry, but once they’re there, they’re there.
$6/lb chicken is pretty upper middle class chicken too. It’s like a fancy 4BR suburban home with a new Ford in the driveway, chicken. You could definitely go lower or a higher in quality, depending on what you are looking for.
Alright, one last note here. I’m trying to take fancy pictures for you all, so I garnished this with rosemary. Honestly, rosemary is pretty expensive, and in this case unnecessary. The wife grows rosemary in the window, so I used it. I thought it looked nice. I’m trying.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this one. It’s super easy and can really up your chicken game. If there is such a thing.
You Can Print the Recipe for Later Use below
Hope you enjoy this Slow Cooker Beer Chicken!