Beer Butt Rosemary Chicken

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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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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer

  • 1 orange

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • seasoned salt, to taste

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 red potatoes, sliced

Directions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

431 Calories
17g Fat
30g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 431
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 1013mg 22%

* 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.