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Tipsy Chicken

Rated as 4.54 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is a completely redesigned recipe from Beer Can Chicken, sometimes called Drunken Chicken. Beer Can Chicken is used with whole chicken and the beer adds a wonderful flavour, but not a beer flavour. It's hard to describe, but beer seems to enhance the flavor of the spices, and help the other spices permeate deep into the chicken. The alcohol is cooked out, so no worries about intoxication. The problem with Beer Can Chicken is that you can't use it with chicken pieces, only whole chicken; this recipe can be used for chicken pieces. Works well broiled or baked too!"
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2 h 10 m servings 415
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine brine ingredients - water, beer, 1/8 cup salt, garlic powder, and onion powder - in a large container, one that is large enough to hold the brine and the chicken. Soak whole chicken in brine for 1 hour.
  2. Soak wood chips in water for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill for indirect cooking method. Place wood chips over coals when ready to cook.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cumin, curry, chili powder, pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture.
  5. Place chicken on grill, breast side down. Close lid, and cook for 30 minutes. Turn over, and cook for an additional 25 minutes, or until juices run clear and temperature is 185 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken. Keep the lid closed while cooking for even cooking, and to get more of that smoky flavor.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 415 calories; 26.6 6 32.9 128 442 Full nutrition

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This recipe was faster than the time shown. I simply added the chicken to the brine for an hour and spiced it up and then placed it on the grill! The depth of flavor was incredible and I was ab...

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Loved the brine, made the chicken very juicy. I halved the recipe and used it on breasts. Next time I would use a different seasoning, too much curry for my husband and me.

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This recipe was faster than the time shown. I simply added the chicken to the brine for an hour and spiced it up and then placed it on the grill! The depth of flavor was incredible and I was ab...

Chicken has great flavor & very tender. I cooked it in the oven, so I also added liquid smoke & 1/3 cup olive oil to seasonings. Thanks for a great recipe!

My husband and I love this recipe - we soaked it in the brine for an hour as recommended and covered it with seasonings. We had excess seasoning so we added the rest of a bottle of beer and bas...

this chicken was so wonderful! being winter in PA i did not have the option to cook it on the grill, so i improvised with the slow cooker and the chicken was so tender it was completely fallin...

I made this in the oven w skinless/boneless breasts adding a touch of olive oil as someone else suggested. Baked it in a covered dish w a bit of the brine(which wasn't necessary but gave a lovel...

This was wonderful! I left the chicken in the brine for two days because things kept coming up and I just didn't have time to grill. My hubby was pleasantly surprised and really loved the flavor...

I used the spices in this recipe to season a standard beer-butt chicken. My entire family raved about this.

Great recipe! The chicken was moist and tender. I followed the directions exactly. I was worried that it was going to be a little spicy but it wasn't at all. The combination of spices was re...

This recipe was GREAT! I ended up using more beer than called for because I used a craft beer and it was too early to be drinking. HA! I used 24 ounces of beer in the end. I also just used a pac...