Monday, May 9, 2016

Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken

Beer and Garlic Marinade for Grilled Chicken - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Juicy, incredibly flavorful grilled chicken is easier than you might think; especially when it starts with a marinade loaded with flavor from beer, garlic, and a sprinkling of herbs. This simple Beer and Garlic Chicken Marinade has become a staple in our house over the past few years. The chicken turns out absolutely perfect; tender and juicy every time.

I used beer in a marinade for the first time when I made the Smoky Chicken and Bacon Burgers almost five years ago. (And yes, those burgers are every single bit as amazing as they sound!) We loved the flavors so much I immediately started playing with a larger batch marinade recipe for grilled chicken.

Here's a tip for NON-BEER drinkers: I'm not a fan of beer myself and I don't much 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. If you're lucky enough to live near a Trader Joe's, they sell individual bottles of beer for less than $1. (You can thank my awesome little sister for that tip.)

We like to grill a good bit of extra chicken each time we are grilling and then keep it in the fridge for easy lunches, like the salad pictured here. I frequently double this marinade and will grill a huge batch of chicken all at once. We'll quite happily eat it all week by itself, over salads, and in sandwiches and wraps.

Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken is perfect for quick meals all week long! - recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Beer and Garlic Grilled Chicken
Yield: 6-8 servings
(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 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3-4 pounds chicken, I typically use 9-10 boneless skinless chicken thighs

Place the chicken in a gallon size zip-close bag or an airtight container. Stir together the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken. Seal and turn the bag or container to coat the pieces evenly. Let rest in the refrigerator for 12-36 hours. I try to marinate chicken for a minimum of 24 hours most of the time, because the longer time makes 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. Preheat the grill to medium heat. For boneless skinless chicken thighs, cook the meat 6 minutes on each side. Then increase the heat closer to medium-high and cook an additional 4 minutes, as needed. Enjoy!

FREEZER MEAL: Combine the marinade and chicken in a gallon size zip-close bag 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.

Juicy grilled chicken loaded with flavor from a Beer and Garlic Marinade - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

{originally published 1/9/12 - recipe notes and photos updated 5/9/16}

Here are some more marinade recipes you might like:
Very Green Grilled Chicken by Kalyn's Kitchen
Chipotle Chicken Marinade by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Make Ahead Chicken Marinades by Life As Mom
Lemon Soy Marinated Chicken Breasts by The Lemon Bowl
Mojo Marinade by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Honey Buttermilk Roast Chicken by The View From Great Island
Cilantro Lime Chicken by Simply Recipes

36 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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    1. I don't see the chicken BREAST version. Am I missing it? I would love to try this.

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    2. When Donna and her husband were at our house, I marinated blsl chicken breasts for them instead of the thighs. It's the same marinade and method for the breasts as for the thighs listed above. Just watch your cooking times, they might cook a minute or two quicker. I hope that helps!

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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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  21. Hi, I was wondering how long you would smoke this chicken on the traeger and also what temperature and for how long on it after smoking. Thanks

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    1. I don't own a traeger and I've never smoked this chicken. I imagine it will require the same time frames as any other chicken recipe, Tracy. I'm sure it will taste amazing that way!

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  22. Can you fill me in about grilling this recipe. Is it cooked under a flame (in USA called broiling I think but in Oz called grilling) or is it cooked in a char grill frypan over a hotplate? Thanks but this has always stumped me!

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  23. This chicken was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

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  24. Could this be used as a marinade before roasting a whole chicken or cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot?

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    1. This works great as a marinade for any type of chicken!

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