Crispy Beer Can Chicken

Crispy Beer Can Chicken - Tastes fried, but its baked!

Ok, so, I thought I’d share what has become my current favorite meal on the face of the earth – this amazing, crispy beer-can chicken.

In my never ending search for new meals to cook, I recently ran across an amazing recipe for crispy chicken wings that you baked in the oven. And their top-secret ingredient is…


I know, I couldn’t believe it either! Apparently the baking powder works by pulling the moisture out of the chicken’s skin, giving it an amazing crispy texture. That means your chicken will taste like it’s fried, but without all those extra calories!

I read this recipe and thought to myself, “If it works for wings, why not a whole chicken?!”. So I gathered my spices, picked up a big juicy bird, and the rest has been history.

Beer Can Chicken Spices

The spice mix for this recipe is truly magical. It’s the closest I thing I’ve ever seen to fairy dust.

This stuff helps your chicken come out of the oven just as tender and juicy as you’d expect from a beer can chicken, but with a skin so crispy and brown that you’d think it was deep fried! Word to the wise – make sure you use up all of the spice rub available, or you’ll be cheating yourself out of some amazing flavor!

So carve yourself off some of this golden meaty goodness, and enjoy chasing all those crispy bits and running juices all over your plate. Bon apetit!

Crispy Beer Can Chicken - Tastes like fried, but it's baked!

Crispy Beer Can Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Crispy Beer Can Chicken

Adding baking powder to this recipe gives this beer-can baked chicken a delicious crispy skin!


  • 1 whole chicken (approx. 3 lbs)
  • 1 can of dark beer
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine salt, baking powder, black pepper, and smoked paprika in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Cover the chicken in the dry rub mix, inside and out. Don't forget to get some under the skin, too!
  4. Pour out (or drink) half of the beer, and place it on baking pan.
  5. Set the chicken on the beer can, inserting it into the cavity of the chicken.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until chicken reaches a temperature of 165°F.
  7. Allow chicken to cool, and carefully remove from the beer can. Careful to not spill the beer!
  8. Pour out the beer. Eat delicious chicken.