Beer Braised Chicken

It doesn't taste "beery" and it isn't alcoholic. Just rich and delicious.



1 whole chicken, cut into pieces or combination of parts equaling about 4 lbs

1 head of garlic, peeled but not smashed or chopped

1 or 2 bayleaves

2 - 3 Tablespoons juniper berries, lightly bruised

sprigs of rosemary and thyme

1 cup beer, darker preferred

Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400F or simmer on stovetop

Take chicken parts, season with S&P, put in a large baking pan or heavy dutch oven.

Add garlic cloves, bay leaves, juniper berries, rosemary and thyme.

Then pour a cup or so of beer all around. Any kind of beer works. I used Fosters because I could get it in a single can but I would bet a boch would kick ass.


Place in the oven or bring to a boil and then turn to a simmer on the stovetop, uncovered, for around 40 minutes or until the chicken is done and beer cooked down to a sticky sauce. Be sure to flip the chicken a couple of times while cooking so it gets nicely coated in the sauce.

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