Drunk Chicken


Make drunken chicken by cooking a whole chicken on a beer can.

close up view of two whole roasted chickens in a roasting pan with metal rods
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
1 whole chicken


  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer

  • 5 tablespoons poultry seasoning

  • 4 dashes liquid smoke flavoring

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 1 long metal skewer


  1. Rinse and dry chicken. Remove excess fat and leave skin on. Lift skin from breast and thigh areas; slide bay leaves under skin. Coat chicken with poultry seasoning.

  2. Drink 1/2 of the can of beer; pour liquid smoke into remaining beer. Raise tab on beer can until it is in the straight-up position.

  3. Insert beer can into chicken from the bottom until even with bottom of chicken. Insert skewer through wing, ribs, beer can tab, and out the opposite side. (This keeps the can from falling out of chicken.)

  4. Preheat the grill by lighting the coals. Spread the coals to form a ring around the outside edge of the grill.

  5. Place chicken in the center, standing up on the can to cook. Close grill; cook for 2 hours. A meat thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  6. Remove chicken carefully from the grill so as not to spill the contents of the can. Remove skewer and beer can; let chicken sit for 15 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

443 Calories
23g Fat
6g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 412mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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