Friday, August 28, 2009

"How do you like them apples?"... "Busty" Beer-Can Chicken with a Spicy soy marinade & Orange-honey marmalade glaze

I was casually going through my DB’s Men’s Fitness magazine one day, and coincidentally came across an incredibly scrumptious picture of beer can chicken… but what continued my interest was the marinade and glaze that was placed on the chicken. I’ve always done dry rubs in the past, and this was different… hmmm….

The beer (or any liquid) steams and moistens the chicken to impart a delicious flavor as the heat from the grill roasts the exterior to a perfect golden brown.
Admittedly, I was very skeptical of the recipe. A good recipe from a Men’s Fitness magazine? Contrary to my initial belief, this chicken was AWESOME. I loved the spicy soy marinade, and ended up marinating overnight and cooked it the following evening. The meat was flavorful, moist, and literally fell off the bone.

The ingredient list seems large, but most are pantry staples.
The marinade made a lot (enough for my 4.62 lb chicken vs. the 3.5 lb chicken the recipe recommended). Next time, I'll prick the bird so it can really marinate the meat. The glaze made a lot, and next time, I will halve the recipe.

Ingredients:
3-3-1/2 lb chicken (We used a 4.62 lb chicken)
12-oz can of beer (We used a 24-fl oz can of Budweiser beer)
1 lime, cut in half (optional)

Marinade
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
½ cup water
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp coarsely ground fresh black pepper
1 Tbsp kosher salt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 serrano chile pepper, sliced (We used a jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced)

Glaze
½ cup orange marmalade (We used sugar-free marmalade)
¼ cup honey
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:
1. Combine marinade ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.



2. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag.



3. Add marinade, squeeze excess air from bag, and close. Roll bag to evenly coat meat and place in the fridge for 8-24 hours.
4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 300 degrees). (We cooked ours in our oven at 300 degrees.)
5. Place glaze ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to combine.



6. Remove chicken from bag and lightly pat dry.
7. Open beer can and pour out (or drink) about an inch from the can.
8. Place the chicken on the grill, sitting directly over the can. (You can also buy a ”chicken sitter” to support the chicken and beer can, and reduce the risk of your bird tipping over.) (We placed our bird/beer over a disposable pie plate to catch all the bird drippings.)




... Now, if your bird wants some additional "cleavage", take the 2 halves of the lime and place them under the skin, on top of the "breast".



9. Cook the meat for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees in the thigh and 155 degrees in the breast. (Since we had a larger chicken, we cooked ours for 1 hour & 30 minutes.)
10. Brush chicken with glaze.
11. Place chicken back on the grill and cook until internal temperature of the thigh is 175 degrees and the breast is 165 degrees, about 15-20 more minutes.
12. Remove chicken from grill and let rest upright in the stand for 30 minutes before cutting.

The finale result!



My DB getting a little frisky:




Source: Men’s Fitness, May 2009 (p.90)

3 comments:

Angie said...

OMG that sounds absolutely AMAZING! I've always wanted to make a beer can chicken but I've been wanting to find a good marinade for one. Looks like I'm buying a whole chicken at the grocery store this weekend - that sounds perfect for Labor Day weekend!

KikiBelle said...

tee-hee! i showed david and he rolled his eyes and smirked! deep down i think he was thinking "why didn't she use oranges?" so i took a moment to point out limes have "nubbies" on each end so it looks like she has "nippies"! (ps - tell darrin to stop playing with his food!) LOL!

nancyrobert2011 said...

This makes a great breakfast for kids. I usually replace it with nutella as my kids don't prefer peanut butter.

healthy breakfast ideas

 
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