Beer can chicken

Beer can chicken




  • 1 1 1/2 -2kg free-range chicken
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • 1 can beer


Pre-heat oven to 180C.

Wash chicken and pat dry with paper towel.

Rub oil over chicken and cover with all-purpose seasoning.

Open beer can and pour off half of the beer. Insert the can into the birds cavity, and sit the chicken up on a baking tray.

Roast in the oven for 60-90 minutes. The general rule for roasting time is 20 minutes per 500g plus and extra 20 minutes roasting time.


  • It’s really a good idea to use a nice large free-range bird for this recipe.
  • This makes a beautifully moist roast. It’s a very simple recipe. I have seen some other recipes using up to 10 different herbs and spices but I prefer to let the simple chicken flavours shine through.
  • This is a great recipe for the hooded barbeque.
  • Some specialty barbeque shops have a rack that supports the chicken and the beer can and stops it from falling over.You can make a homemade one by squashing tin foil into a support ring to go around the can. The bird usually only falls over if you overcook it.

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This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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