Saturday, 4 June 2011

Beer-Braised Chicken

Hey beer lovers, here is one recipe just for you!
Although I’m a big beer lover myself I don’t cook or bake much with beer. To be completely honest I think that cooking with beer is enormous waste of beer. I mean, you can put beer in almost anything but problem is you can hardly ever taste it in cooked dish. Its entire aroma evaporates during cooking so why bother adding it at all.

While this is true for most beer dishes it doesn’t apply to these chicken drumsticks. In this dish beer is definitely main ingredient. Chicken is slowly braised in beer until all of the liquid boils down and all that is left is thick and tangy beer sauce.
This dish is my friend’s speciality, he’s not much of a cook but he makes damn good chicken. When he told me what he had made for lunch I was quite sceptical. It sounded pretty much like cooked chicken which is one of the things I really hate. Well this dish turned out to be so much more than just cooked chicken. Actually it was nothing like cooked chicken. The meat was very soft and tender, and sauce just wonderful.
Believe me, this sauce is the best thing ever, so be sure to dip some bread in it. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget. :)

In this recipe you can use any beer you like, you can go with the popular brand or with something really fancy, the choice is yours. You can also use combination of spices you like and make it hotter with adding some chilly; basically you can be as creative as you wish. Only problem is the sauce which is really tangy so I don’t think kids would really appreciate this dish.
Anyway this is something I cook pretty often, it’s ideal for weeknights and with glass of your favourite ale it becomes a feast.

5 medium chicken drumsticks
pink peppercorn
powdered sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons of oil
2 cloves garlic
500 – 700 ml/ 17 - 23 fl oz beer (Lager of Pale Ale)

  • Rub the drumsticks with salt, pink peppercorn, thyme and powdered pepper.
  • In a large frying pan heat some oil over high heat. Add drumsticks and fry them for few minutes on both sides until golden.
  • Add garlic and pour in the beer, beer should completely cover the chicken. Turn down the heat and leave it to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Turn up the heat and simmer until all of liquid boils down and all you have left is thick sauce.
  • Serve immediately with some bread to dip in the sauce.


Medifast Coupons said...

Well I know what we are having for dinner tonight now, thanks so much for the chicken dinner idea.

thesummerchef said...

Do you have to fry the chicken? Or can you cook it other ways too?

Alex Cleanthous said...

Did you cover the chicken while you braised for the 20 min or just leave it uncovered?

Andrea said...

@Medifast Coupons, thank you for commenting, I hope you'll like this dish.

@thesummerchef, you don't have to fry the chicken, you can just cook it in the beer without frying it first. Just pour in the beer and let it cook result will be very similar.

@Alex Cleanthous, just leave it uncovered.

Sarah said...

these looks mouth-watering! Al though I used to think like you about cooking with beer :) this Ive gotta try!

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