So let’s be honest here, this is a funny looking chicken and I can think of so many jokes but it was so damn good in the end, it wasn’t funny anymore. A few years ago my wife and I bought a rotisserie oven, you know the electric kind similar with the one I already linked to and I swear we must have had chicken and quails a few times a week. We loved it that much, I almost became a cornish hen subscriber, the guys from our local grocery store had them ready the moment they would see me coming into the store. Anyway, the problem was that this oven was pretty difficult to clean (add laziness too) and we ended up throwing it away but not before we used it until you couldn’t see the brand name anymore. The history didn’t end here though because we bought another one that after about a year or so, had pretty much the same fate.
Then that was it. I thought we had enough chicken and quail to last us for a lifetime but it wasn’t as simple as that because it was a damn good chicken and though, we bought roasted chicken several times from the grocery store, it didn’t seem to be the same. In the end I decided to look for another option and since I didn’t want to buy another rotisserie oven, I thought I should try to use my oven.
At this point, I remembered my mother used to make something similar, a medium size soup pan half filled with water, covered with a lid that was upside-down and the chicken resting on top of it. Sounds complicated but it wasn’t, the only problem was that chicken wasn’t properly roasted, at least not like mine so I decided to use a beer can and of course, beer instead of water. DUH!
Something magical happens with the chicken, as you cook it, the beer steam is penetrating the meat and creates a super juicy and flavorful bird, way better than just a poor plain roasted animal. The only down side to this is that I had to waste a whole Guinness can in the process but it was worth it. Heck, I’ll just buy more beer!
So folks, if you’ve never cooked chicken this way, I strongly suggest you give this a shot, because it just might be the best chicken you’ve ever had!
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 can of beer, I used a big can of Guiness
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp dry oregano
- 1 tbsp dry rosemary
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425° F / 220° C. Place a roasting pan on a baking dish to prevent making a total mess of your oven.
- Mix all the rub ingredients together.
- Open the can of beer and pour about ¼ of it into the roasting pan and set the can of beer in the center of the roasting pan.
- Clean the chicken and remove any giblets if it has any and pat it dry with paper towels. Sprinkle over the rub and use your hands to give it a massage.
- Place the chicken upright over the beer can and drizzle the olive oil over.
- Bake in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until golden and cooked through..