Monday, January 9, 2012

Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken

Beer and Garlic Marinade for Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
This marinade has become a staple in our house over the past year. I first tried a beer marinade when I made the Smokey Chicken and Bacon Burgers last year. The burgers were a huge hit and we've made them a few different times now. We like to grill a lot of extra chicken each time we are grilling and then keep it in the fridge for easy lunches.

* Side note for NON-BEER drinkers: I do NOT like beer. I don't drink it myself and I don't like the taste or smell of it at all. I do however, LOVE this marinade. If you do not typically have beer in your house (and don't want to buy a six-pack just to try a new recipe), I have a tip for you. Trader Joe's sells individual bottles of beer for less than $1. You can thank my awesome little sister for that tip. I thank her often! If you don't have a Trader Joe's in your area, you could always try bumming a bottle from a beer drinking friend.

Beer and Garlic Marinade for Chicken Thighs
(printable recipe)

(1) 11 oz bottle dark Mexican beer
3 tablespoons sesame seed oil
5 large cloves of garlic, minced, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspooon cayenne pepper
4-5 lbs chicken, I used 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs

Place the chicken in a gallon size Ziploc bag or an airtight container. Whisk together the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken. Turning the bag or container to coat the pieces evenly. Let rest in the refrigerator for 12-36 hours. I try to marinate chicken for 24 hours most of the time, because the longer times make a huge different in the flavor.

When ready to cook the meat, let the chicken rest on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour prior to cooking. I was marinating boneless skinless chicken thighs this time, so we cooked the meat on medium heat, 6 minutes on each side. Then increased the heat to closer to high and cooked it another 4 minutes. It was absolutely perfect; tender, juicy and loaded with great flavors. Enjoy!

FREEZER MEAL: Combine the marinade and chicken in a gallon size Ziploc and freeze them together. When you are ready to cook the chicken, thaw in the refrigerator, allowing the marinade to work it's flavors throughout the meat. Once thawed, cook as described above.

28 comments:

  1. This looks awesome Mary. I love that you used boneless thighs in the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Sounds wonderful, Mary! I love using alcohol in my marinades - even those I'm not too fond of drinking :)

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  3. I think beer marinate might be a step towards liking beer. Next time you marinate, drink a tablespoon, increasing dosage each time and a time will come when you will have difficulty saving beer for the marinate:)

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  4. Mary this chicken sounds so good! I love cooking with beer :)

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  5. Ohhh this sounds great! I will give it a try. The corner store near our house always has 'loose' single beer cans for sale in their beer cooler!

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  6. This chicken was amazing last night! Thanks for making the chicken breast version for us. I think we will be making this one soon. My man loved it!!!

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  7. Nice looking plate of chicken. I keep trying to make a beer based marinade, but it never seems to make it into the plastic bag.

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  8. The chicken looks yummy! Juicy, seared to perfection - a great looking meal. We won't have to borrow any beer but have often wanted to try marinades with the rich dark beers. Thanks - welcome back - we missed you so!

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  9. You men are totally cracking me up today. A tablespoon a day? LOL! My marinades always make it into the bags, funny enough. I've never been tempted to drink the beers.

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  10. My grandmother always threw a "Miller Short" into her beef stew. She swore that it would tenderize an old shoe into great beef. I hate beer; always have, and, yet, even when I was little, my grandmother's stew was the best around. I don't have a trader joe's around, and alcohol sales in this state are major-league screwy, so I'd have to either buy a case at an "authorized distributor", or go to a restaurant, and order some food to buy a 6-pack. It's just nuts.

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  11. I haven't used beer as a marinate for quite some time. Shame on me! It is always so good and I'm digging spice combos in this recipe.

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  12. This marinade sounds wonderful. The chicken looks sooo yummy!!

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  13. This chicken looks fantastic! Dinner on Sunday, I think.

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  14. I'm so going to try this...I think I can spare a beer for the marinade.

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  15. Yeah for Trader Joe's!

    Ok, this sounds really good. I am trying this next weekend! Always looking for flavorful marinades for chicken.

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  16. I'm not a beer lover either, but this marinade sounds terrific. I recently had a steak dish at a restaurant where the chef made a reduction syrup from dark beer and shiitake mushrooms. It was truly amazing.

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  17. The chicken looks really tasty & what a great marinade! I'm gonna try this recipe next week. Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. This sounds like a perfect grilling marinade, since it has no sugars to burn.

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  19. Dark Mexican beer? I'm trying to equate this to something in the English beer spectrum and not really sure. I might just use the can of Gales HSB that has been in the fridge for ages. FYI that's a bitter real ale.

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    1. I don't know what the equivalent would be. I even tried to figure it out via Google, but that wasn't very helpful. I've made this with all sorts of beer though and we like them all. I simply like the Negro Modelo version best of all.

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    2. Does it have to be dark Mexican beer? I have a case of Guinness I just might try that. I use it in my beef stew and it comes out amazing!

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    3. Guiness should work fine. It will work with any beer that you like!

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  20. Can I use something else besides sesame seed oil

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    1. The sesame oil provides a lot of flavor to this recipe. I imagine that you could use a plain olive oil instead, but I haven't tried that myself. Good luck!

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