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wine-steamed beer can chicken

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
star pooley
Bullhead City, AZ

Steaming in a can beneath the chicken, wine infuses the meat with delicious flavors.

(2 ratings)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For wine-steamed beer can chicken

  • 1
    4 to 4 1/2 lb. fresh roasting chicken
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced (more if you desire)
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh thyme leave, minced
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 c
    dry chardonnay or sauvignon blanc wine

How To Make wine-steamed beer can chicken

  • 1
    Remove giblets from chicken; discard.
  • 2
    Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry.
  • 3
    Cut off and discard excess skin and fat around body cavity.
  • 4
    In a small bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper.
  • 5
    With your fingers, gently loosen skin over breast, being careful not to tear skin.
  • 6
    Gently rub thyme mixture evenly over breast meat beneath skin.
  • 7
    Prepare barbecue grill and preheat for indirect-heat cooking.
  • 8
    Rinse can (12-ounce soda or beer can) and shake dry.
  • 9
    Pour wine into can, then carefully lower chicken over can until can is inside body cavity; Gently pull legs forward so chicken stands upright on can.
  • 10
    Carefully set chicken and can, in this upright position, on center of grill (not over direct heat); cover charcoal grill and open vents; close lid on gas grill.
  • 11
    Cook until and instant-read meat thermometer inserted through thickest part of breast to bone reaches 160*, about 1 hour.
  • 12
    Using oven mitts, carefully remove chicken with can from grill, keeping it upright.
  • 13
    Let chicken stand on can for 15 minutes, then, holding a towel around the can to steady it and protect your hands, with a large carving fork, carefully remove chicken from can to a carving platter or carving board.
  • 14
    Carve chicken and serve, adding salt and pepper to taste.

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