Crock Pot Beer Chicken

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This week has really flown by for me; I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. There’s nothing better than that. Too often, I wake up and go to work, thinking it’s a day ahead of when it actually is, and then I’m totally bummed out for the rest of the week. When that happens, the weekend feels completely out of reach, doesn’t it? Well, look out world, because we’re almost there. I guess that when you go out for happy hour on a Tuesday night, things speed right along, don’t they? Some friends and I hit up The London Bar that night, followed by The Stone Rose Lounge, neither of which I had ever been to, and truth be told, despite my usual disdain for anything and everything in midtown Manhattan, both were pretty fun, and you really can’t beat the view from the Stone Rose, which overlooks all of Columbus Circle. I also had a drink there with rhubarb bitters, so that alone was worth the slight headache on Wednesday morning (which was nothing a strong coffee and spicy hummus with avocado on toast couldn’t fix). I’m definitely still working on getting over our incredible Portland trip, so mid-week drinks were a must, although we do have the Hamptons with Kramer’s family (and my brother) to look forward to next month.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenMixing it up with a little chardonnay at Winderlea.

Speaking of mid-week musts, this crock pot beer chicken truly makes the list. It couldn’t be easier – toss together your favorite root vegetables, some spices, put the whole chicken on top, pour in a beer (I recommend something like a golden wheat or summer ale), and you’re ready to go. I wasn’t sure how good it’d be when I first put it all together, to be honest, but I was desperate for an easy meal and as it’s been hotter than Hades here, I wasn’t about to turn on my oven. I was pleasantly surprised, though – the chicken was flavorful and tender, without having dried out at all, and the potatoes were, well, have you ever seen a potato that you didn’t like? I haven’t. They soaked up just the right amount of liquid and chicken fat, along with the spices like paprika, mustard powder, and red pepper flakes. I broiled my chicken when it was finished to crisp it up a bit and to give it a nice, golden color, but if you’re exhausted and just want to chow down, it’s delicious just the way it is. With all of the lovely summer beers available right now, I hope you’ll give this recipe a shot!

Crock Pot Beer ChickenKramer checking out Tresori Vineyards.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenTime for a refill.

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Kramer looking handsome.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenThe view at Lange Estate.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenThen the giggles set in on our friend Ty.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenCrock Pot Beer ChickenCheers!

Crock Pot Beer ChickenCrock Pot Beer ChickenOf course, there were a few dogs.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenWhat you’ll need.

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Place your potatoes, onion, half of your spices, and olive oil in your crock pot, then toss to coat.

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Rub your chicken with the remaining spices and olive oil, then place it in the crock pot with your vegetables and pour the beer in. Cook on “high” for 4-5 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenPlace the chicken pieces and potatoes on a baking sheet, and broil for 2-3 minutes, just to crisp up the skin and give it a nice, golden color.

Crock Pot Beer ChickenServe and devour!

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Crock Pot Beer Chicken
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Serves: 3-4 servings
Fall apart tender beer chicken cooked whole in the crock pot with potatoes and onions.
  • 1 3-4 pound chicken, cleaned and patted dry
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 6-8 small potatoes, halved
  • ½ a large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 12-ounce beer (I recommend something on the sweeter side, like a summer ale)
  1. Clean and halve your potatoes, chop your onion, and add both to your crock pot. Combine your salt, oregano, paprika, mustard powder, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the potatoes and onion, then sprinkle in half of your spice mixture. Toss to coat.
  2. Clean your chicken and pat it dry (remember to remove any gizzards from the inside). Rub the chicken with the remaining spice mixture and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 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 4-5 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Now, you can definitely go ahead and serve your chicken straight out of the pot, but if you have the time, turn your broiler on, place the chicken pieces and potatoes on a baking sheet (be careful pulling them out, as the chicken will be fall-apart tender at this point) and broil for 2-3 minutes or so, to crisp everything up just a bit and give it a nice color.


29 Responses

  1. Tracy A. says:

    My husband is not much of a crock-pot fan – I think that he assumes that everything that comes out of one will be mush. I bet I can sell him on this though – and I can plug the crock-pot in on our deck! The heat is really getting to us as well and I haven’t really done much of anything on even the stovetop. This sounds perfect!

  2. Anthony says:

    This sounds great, especially for when the weather eventually heats up around here.

    I love your trip photos, too. The Pacific Northwest is some of my favorite country on Earth. :)

  3. Deanna B says:

    I love summer beers. I never would have thought to use my crockpot mid summer. All of our chicken seems to end up on the grill.

  4. Gorgeous pictures! And I love that this not only has beer but it can be made in a slow cooker! :)

  5. JulieD says:

    I love doing a whole chicken in the slow cooker…love that you added beer, will have to try that next time!

  6. Rhonda says:

    Yum that chicken looks great! I have never tried doing a whole chicken in my crockpot, but its a great idea!

  7. Jackie says:

    Amazing! I love my crock pot and am so happy to see you put a recipe on here… I definitely will try this one!

  8. Lynna says:

    Looks soo great! If only I had a crock pot! ­čśŤ LOL. You sound like you always have to much fun after work!

  9. Danielle says:

    I am so glad you posted this – I always feel like my crockpot only gets a workout in the winter, when I could use it with my busy summer hours as well!!! I can’t wait to try this, it sounds delicious.

  10. Jackie says:

    Just made this and am eating it now – yum! I’m always looking to use my crock pot to avoid cooking during the week, and this works perfectly! So easy and delicious – I didn’t even broil it to get the skin crispy because it’s too hot, but I bet that makes it even better.

    Thanks for all of your amazing recipes and cooking inspiration! Also love the redesign!

  11. Shauna says:

    Made this earlier this week and it was a total hit with the family. Even my 2 & 5-yr-olds gobbled up the chicken! Didn’t have a whole chicken so used 4 thighs. I actually used Bud Light Lime since the only other beer in the house is the gross dark stuff my husband drinks. :) This is definitely making our favorites list!

  12. Kristi says:

    This recipe is definitely a keeper! Chicken came out so moist and tender and potatoes were super tasty. So much flavor for so little effort. Thanks!

  13. JoAnn says:

    I tried your recipe today! I doubled up on the potatoes and onions and used 2 Yuengling for the beer. Very tasty! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Hipolito says:

    Hi !!! Love your site, we make the korean style ribs and they were super delicious. Thank you!!!!

  15. holly says:

    can you use sweet potatoes diced instead of small potatoes

  16. Ken says:

    trying it today!! I am the Cook in the family, and i Love to try New ideas! I’ll let ya know!

  17. Stephen says:

    Nice write up and the recipe is very good, you can’t beat a nice juicy chicken. I like to add an apple inside the chicken as well.

  18. Abbey says:

    I made this the other day and my roommate and I absolutely loved it! New favorite for sure! I used Woodchuck Granny Smith hard cider instead of beer just because we had it & it turned out really delicious.

  19. Kandy says:

    I just made this on a snowy Michigan Sunday and I must say, EASY!! Delicious!! Will make again and shared it on fbook!! Yummo! thanks for the recipe!


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  21. Michelle says:

    Any idea if this can be cooked on low? If so for how long?

  22. Alexis says:

    I made this yesterday and it came out terrible. I followed all the instructions to the letter, but the chicken completely fell apart when I tried to take it out. I had to strain it and pick all the bones/cartilage out. I thickened up the left over juice with cornstarch to make a sauce but chicken was still so dry. Wouldn’t make again.

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  24. Eileen says:

    I made this yesterday and it was only ok. Very dry. I don’t think I would make it again

  25. Marigny says:

    Any insight on making it in a le creusset in the oven? My crock pot is too small for my chicken!

  26. Nadine says:

    Ugh, this did not turn out good.

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