Herbed Beer Can Chicken Recipe
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Herbed Beer Can Chicken Recipe

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Our July Fourth tradition is to grill chickens that stand up on a can of beer. It’s a fun conversation piece. — Karen Barros, Bristol, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked chicken: 474 calories, 28g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 42g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; stir in half of the minced garlic. Rub mixture over outside and inside of chicken. Tuck wings under chicken.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Completely cover all sides of an 8- or 9-in. round baking pan with foil. Place a beer-can chicken rack in pan. Remove 1/3 cup beer from can; save for another use. Using a can opener, make additional large holes in top of can. Insert rosemary and remaining garlic into can. Add beer can to rack.
  3. Place chicken vertically onto rack. Place pan on grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°.
  4. Remove pan from grill; tent chicken with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Carefully remove chicken from rack. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Herbed Beer Can Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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spoiledbasher User ID: 3194367 213161
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Amazing! After heating up the grill, we realized the chicken didn't fit, so we heated up the oven and roasted it. It was absolutely perfect, a definite keeper!"

BrightEyes60 User ID: 7283901 122781
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"This is delicious!!!"

levinll User ID: 6418547 194501
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"My 9 year couldn't get enough of this and she's never eaten chicken that wasn't breaded."

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