Crock Pot Beer Chicken

More and more I am now returning to my roots for some home cooking, this article series features a recipe for a dish that I made at home and features a local product from BC, such as beer from a local brewery, wine from a local winery, spirits from a local distillery, tea from a local tea blender, coffee from a local roaster and such.

Crock Pot Beer Chicken      

Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 5 hours Total time: 5 hours 15 mins Serves: 3-4 servings

Beer chicken cooked in the crock pot with potatoes and onions.

Ingredients

2 breasts and 4 thighs of skinless chicken, cleaned and patted dry

3 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

6-8 small or nugget potatoes, halved

1/2 a large onion, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 12-ounce beer (Stanley Park Brewery Amber Ale or another ale)

Instructions

  1. Clean and halve your potatoes, chop your onion, and add both to your crock pot.
  2. Combine your salt, paprika, oregano, mustard powder and black pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the potatoes and onion, then sprinkle in half of your spice mixture. Toss to coat.
  4. Clean your chicken and pat it dry, rub the chicken with the remaining spice mixture and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Place the chicken on top of all of the vegetables, then pour the beer around the chicken (not directly on top of it). Turn your crock pot on “high” for 5 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

Now, you can definitely go ahead and serve your chicken straight out of the pot.

The Local Product

I used beer from a local brewery in this dish, the Stanley Park Brewery Amber Ale.

STANLEY PARK 1897 AMBER

1897 Amber is a naturally crafted, unpasteurized, Belgian style amber. Our hand selected Belgian Amber, French and Canadian malts are brewed with the finest English and European characteristic hops to produce a beer of nuance. The mellow toasted malt and even body is perfectly balanced with a soft bitterness and mild hop aroma.The resulting light bodied beer has a subtle flavour complexity and an exceptionally clean finish.

CATEGORY Belgian style amber, handcrafted sustainably

APPEARANCE Medium amber brown

TASTE Subtle toasted malt, lightly hopped, exceptionally clean finish

MOUTH FEEL Light bodied

You can find them on the web at http://stanleyparkbrewery.ca/

You can follow them on twitter @StanleyParkBrew

Stay tuned for my next cooking adventure with a local BC product.

By: Richard Wolak