This technique for preparing roasted chicken is gaining popularity since it produces such a  juicy and rich in taste meat. Believe it or not but this is the best chicken you will ever try.

Basically beer adds beautiful moisture to the whole process and it keeps chicken from drying out. I do it for many years now, originally got this recipe from my aunt. So first step in making the chicken was to take few sips of beer. Great start isn't it? Well after that you can go to step two and begin fun recipe for Beer Bottle Chicken! If you don't like beer, try filling bottle up with white wine or chicken broth.

You can  experiment with spice rub, my favourite ones are marjoram, paprika and rosemary.

For one roasted chicken:  

  • whole chicken (1,2kg)
  • 330ml bottle of beer
  • 4 tbs lemon juice
  • 4-5 tbs olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbs marjoram,
  • some fresh rosemary
  • salt, pepper

Rinse chicken under cool water, dry it. Mix paprika, marjoram, rosemary, one pressed garlic, 2 tbs olive oil, salt and pepper in a little bowl, season the chicken generously inside and out with prepared rub. Place in medium bowl, cover and set aside at room temperature for half an hour. Tear labels off the bottle,  dispose (or drink) of 30-40 ml of beer, add clove and lemon juice to the beer. Place the chicken over the beer bottle in an upright position so that, the whole bottle is inside and the chicken appears to be standing. Stand the bottle with chicken on a baking pan and roast in 180°C for 1 hour and 20 minutes (general rule is 1 hour for each 1 kg of the meat). Always put something under the chicken like foil or a baking dish to catch the drippings. Baste the chicken often during roasting with juices and some more remaining olive oil. When the chicken juices run clear, chicken is done. Carefully lift the chicken off  the bottle, and place it on a plate, cover with aluminium foil rest for 10 minutes. Decorate with rosemary, lemon peel, and freshly ground black pepper. Serve and enjoy!