This is the best chicken recipe ever, crispy on the outside and so very moist on the inside. It is a family favorite, and my kids can't get enough of it. I strain the veggies and use a little cornstarch and water to make a delicious gravy. Serve with a simple salad and rolls.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking dish. Pour out half the beer from the can, spray the can with cooking spray, and set it upright in the center of the baking sheet.

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  • Cut 2 thin slices from the orange, and set aside. Cut the rest of the orange into large chunks. Loosen the skin over the breast of the chicken, and insert an orange slice, an onion slice, and 1 rosemary sprig under the skin of each side of the breast. Place the orange chunks and 2 sprigs of rosemary into the cavity of the chicken.

  • Spray the outside of the chicken with cooking oil spray, and sprinkle with seasoned salt to taste. Place the chicken onto the beer can in an upright position, with the can inserted into the cavity of the chicken. Pour the chicken broth into the baking dish, and place the rest of the sliced onion and the potatoes into the broth.

  • Roast in the preheated oven until the skin is crisp, the meat is no longer pink at the bone, and the juices run clear, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Editor's Note

You can substitute a can of lemon-lime soda for the beer.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

431 calories; 17.4 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 144 mg sodium. 29.8 g carbohydrates; 34.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2010
I wanted to rate this with 5 stars. It is a very good recipe however the one thing I would caution against is the use of the beer can. Due to many countries importing and exporting metals and not knowing if lead could exist in the can I would like to suggest using a container which is oven safe for the beer. The labeling on the can could also carry toxins in the paint used to decorate or advertise. I have found small oven safe bowls for this purpose and they do come in handy for other uses as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/24/2009
Do not do this without the chicken rack. Mine toppled over on the beer can. Complete disaster in my oven. It was still good lying down but not what I had worked for. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2010
I wanted to rate this with 5 stars. It is a very good recipe however the one thing I would caution against is the use of the beer can. Due to many countries importing and exporting metals and not knowing if lead could exist in the can I would like to suggest using a container which is oven safe for the beer. The labeling on the can could also carry toxins in the paint used to decorate or advertise. I have found small oven safe bowls for this purpose and they do come in handy for other uses as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2010
I wanted to rate this with 5 stars. It is a very good recipe however the one thing I would caution against is the use of the beer can. Due to many countries importing and exporting metals and not knowing if lead could exist in the can I would like to suggest using a container which is oven safe for the beer. The labeling on the can could also carry toxins in the paint used to decorate or advertise. I have found small oven safe bowls for this purpose and they do come in handy for other uses as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2009
AWESOME!!!!! This is the best chicken ever! You can get the stand for a couple of bucks at the local grocery. I was in a hurry this time and just cooked on a broiler pan in the oven and cooked veggies separately. Came out great. This is a huge hit every time I make it. With the left overs I take the carcass and boil. Remove bones etc.. it makes a great soup with some added noodles and seasoning. This last time I froze the soup and when the weather cools down it will be an easy dinner to thaw and add some simple dumplings for a hearty Chicken and Dumplings dinner. This is a true winner and can easily be a 2 in 1 meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
I roast a lot of chicken using a "stand-up" chicken rack (round pan with two metal arches you impale the chicken on). But this is the very best-tasting. While I tried using orange juice instead of oranges it didn't really work. But the rest of the seasoning was amazing...especially if you use fresh rosemary with the onion slices. I also used poultry seasoning rubbed onto the greased chicken. The smell in the house drove us crazy it was so good. I will definitely be using this recipe almost weekly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2010
This recipe is delicious. I have used it many times. I use the most awesome vertical chicken roaster from QVC! It has a place to put the beer juice wine etc. in the center and then you can place the veggies all around. You don't have to worry about the chicken falling over. It can be used in the oven bbq grill etc. It also has many other uses. I have three of them. If you use this recipe a lot you would love this item. Thanks for sharing your recipe....it makes me hungry! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2010
Delicious and so easy! BUT I have one caution. It is NOT safe to use beer cans for cooking. The coloring used on the label is not food grade and the aluminum can and its plastic interior coating can give off toxic fumes when heated to cooking temperature. There are several reasonably priced "beer can" cookers available.. I use one called the "Poultry Pal". Be safe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2010
This is good. If you really want to jazz it up buy yourself a bottle of "Herbs de Provence". It is made up of all the herbs the French grow and use. It has rosemary thyme summer savory lavender marjoram basil sage and oregano mixed together in one jar. It is much cheaper to buy it already made up than to make it your self. You can find a million used for herbs de provence. It is killer on lamb with lots of garlic! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2010
I always make my chicken like this only w/o the beer. I put seasoned ckn broth in the can. I do have 2 tips to share. I have a rack for my ckn walmart 5. But sometimes I make more than one ckn & I use a 24oz can to avoid the can tipping over and I also place a wad of foil or a small potato over the neck of the ckn to keep the meat nice & moist. Enjoy!! P.S. That's a 16 oz can not 24 oz. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2009
I made a variation of this recipe last weekend that was just phenomenal. I used Blue Moon's summer beer Honey Moon and basted the chicken with butter every 45 minutes or so. A must try before the summer is out! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2009
This was sooo good. The chicken was moist and tender and the potatoes had a faint hint of rosemary. I used russet potatoes as that was all I had. I also basted the chicken with fresh squeezed orange juice. When the chicken was done I had a lot of juice in the pan so I added it to chicken stock and mixed in corn starch for a wonderful gravy. My brother came over later and made a chicken and potato sandwich with havarti cheese and said it was the best sandwich he'd had in years. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/24/2009
Do not do this without the chicken rack. Mine toppled over on the beer can. Complete disaster in my oven. It was still good lying down but not what I had worked for. Read More
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