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Drunk Chicken in Gravy

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"A cross between beer-can chicken and coq au vin. May be done indoors using a Dutch oven or out on the grill over indirect heat."
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1 h 50 m servings 656
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag; add 1/2 of the chicken and shake until pieces are thoroughly coated. Remove chicken, shaking off excess flour. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add 1/2 of the garlic. Working in batches, add chicken, skin-side down; cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a Dutch oven. Repeat cooking with remaining chicken.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cook and stir onion, remaining garlic, and bacon in the skillet used for chicken until onion is tender and bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Pour chicken stock into the skillet and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  5. Mix beer, orange juice, thyme, and parsley into onion-bacon mixture until combined; pour over chicken. Cover Dutch oven.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is very tender, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  7. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and cover with aluminum foil. Place Dutch oven on the stove and cook over medium heat until gravy is reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain herbs out of gravy and serve gravy alongside chicken.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For outdoor cooking, cook covered over indirect heat on the grill for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is very tender. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  • Substitute real bacon bits for the bacon, if desired.
  • A tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little water can be used to thicken to a gravy.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 656 calories; 40.4 8.9 56.4 198 601 Full nutrition

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This is quite a bit of work but worth it in the end. One suggestion I have is to dice your bacon. As written it flavors the gravy great but it is kind of like a bay leaf that gets discarded in...

I received a Dutch oven for Christmas and my husband suggested trying this recipe. He normally likes spicy and I'm wimp but I like a lot of flavor. This recipe is wonderful in the flavor departm...

This was a big hit with my family. I kept on the stove on low and did more of a braise than put in oven. Chicken was tender and very flavorful!

Excellent recipe! This is exactly the kind of gravy I was looking for. I knew it had to be good if you even know what coq au vin is. I had to change just a couple things. I didn’t have a Dutch ...