• “Just Add Beer” Chicken

    January 24, 2010

    Mmmmm… beer!

    It doesn’t happen often in our house, but a super-sized can of Budweiser was the star ingredient of tonight’s dinner.

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    “Just Add Beer” Chicken

    Inspired by Glamour’s recipe (February 2010)

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tbsp butter
    • 1 pound of chicken (approx. 3 breasts)
    • 2 tsp minced garlic
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 small potatoes, chopped
    • 1 cup chopped carrot
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 1.25 cup beer
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    • Melt butter over moderate heat in a medium-size saucepan. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until fully cooked.
    • Add onion, carrot, celery, potatoes, garlic, and bay leaves to pan.
    • Then add beer, vinegar, and broth. Cover and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes.
    • Serve with brown rice or crusty bread.

    Makes 3-4 servings

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    On the side, I whipped up some Multi Grain Rice, which was a combination of sprouted brown rice, black pearl rice, and millet. The texture was super sticky (almost like oatmeal), but it tasted delicious. There was no need for additional flavoring and it went perfectly with the chicken recipe.

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    Yum!!! Amazing meal! And, it was so easy to make! Set it and forget it! ;-)

    Mal raved non-stop about dinner. At one point, he even said: “Eating this makes me so happy!” And, he was more than willing to take some of the leftovers for lunch tomorrow instead of his usual PB & J sandwich. This recipe is a keeper! :-D

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    For dinner, Mal and I used our handy-dandy TV tables that I won from the Boboli recipe contest last year.

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    While eating dinner, Mal enjoyed the Star Trek movie while I tried not to watch. (Sorry, Mom! I told him it wasn’t allowed!)

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    I’m on the fence about dessert tonight. My stomach is satisfied, but my sweet tooth is not. Maybe some sweet tea and/or a Jazz apple will do the trick? Or maybe a batch of Oatmeal Raisin Bars? ;-)

    American Food Revolution

    Another cool happening in the food world…

    This past fall, Jaime Oliver began a campaign for an American Food Revolution in which he aims to change how Americans eat—by helping them learn to cook. Over the years, Jamie says that he’s “consistently observed the most radical, inspiring and completely emotional changes, simply through showing people how to cook a handful of meals.”

    To spread the word, Jamie has created a petition, promoting healthy food for children, that he will present to the White House and he is looking for support. If you would like to sign the petition, you can find it here: http://www.jamieoliver.com/campaigns/jamies-food-revolution/petition.

    I’m finishing my Health post and heading straight to bed to read (aka catch up with my celebrity gossip). I’m feeling extremely lazy tonight!

    P.S. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s bowl of oatmeal! ;-)

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    { 39 comments… read them below or add one }

    Michelle Eatingjourney January 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    pop a vitamin C tablet in your mouth when you are having sugar cravings, but don’t want to really eat anything. It helps me (am having to give up sugar for health reasons). it’s just enough sweet most of the time.

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    Kara January 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    My bf has been talking about making a beer chicken. I’ll have to add this to my to-do list!

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    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans January 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I’m always amazed at how tea can help fill the sweets void! Of course, sometimes it takes a whole pot instead of just a cup…

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    Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    i love using beer in recipes. it always adds a little somethin’ extra!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    That chicken looks great!!

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    ashleigh January 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Beer makes everything better! Earlier I was actually thinking of making the skinny oatmeal bars myself but then got too lazy!

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    Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Haha. I’m always thinking of breakfast shortly after dinner…especially when it’s a hot bowl of oats =)

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel January 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Can’t say that chickens not unique ;-)

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    Gracie @ GirlMeetsHealth January 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I love recipes where you can basically throw everything into pan and let it do it’s thing =) And it’s always a good thing when the significant other raves about it!

    I had the same dilemma with my sweet tooth tonight. I made some tea but it didn’t seem to do the trick, so I had a small square of dark chocolate too. Just enough to keep my sweet tooth at bay until breakfast ;)

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    Lauren @ eater not a runner January 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    That looks so good! Fun that it has beer in it :-)

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    So THATS what the beer was for.. sounds great!! I have seen that rice mixture before and was unsure about it, I might have to try that!
    I am with you on the sweet tooth tonight. I had an apple microwaved with cinnamon and it did the trick ;)

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Ah- I thought you guys were going to make the “beer chicken” where you grill the chicken by setting it down on the beer can…although I guess it’s a little cold for grilling in Boston right now :-)

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    HMMM this one looks good! I made the Guinness beef stew from Jamie Oliver for my husband right before he was diagnosed with celiac. I made a veggie version for myself and had it over quinoa. I love it. Now that I can’t use regular beer, I will have to try this one with gluten free beer for my husband (who is a fan of beer). I bet this would be good with wine too.

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    Cole January 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Yup. I love Annie Chun. Usually I’m not a fan of microwave things but her bowls are great.

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    Courtney January 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Yum! One of my fave meals involves beer, chicken and the crockpots! Beer is such an underrated recipe addition!!
    Courtney
    adventures in tri-ing

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    Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Mm your dinner looks good and warm and filling.. good luck with that tricky sweet tooth!

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    Ameena January 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    What a convenient recipe! It looks really great and filling!

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    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I love adding beer to recipes – I have a recipe for a great 2-ingredient beer bread. Just add 12 oz beer to 2 3/4 cups self-rising flour and bake in a 9″ loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I love going to bed and being excited to wake up for breakfast! The thought of a big bowl of oats definitely propels me out of bed in the morning. :D

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    Nate January 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for bringing Bud Heavy to the blog world. I’m pretty sure that’s a first.

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    Karla January 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve never tried using beer in recipes, but I remember when I was little my mom would always put a can of beer on the turkey for Christmas!

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    Marisa (Loser for Life) January 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Oooh, I had a feeling it was going to be a good dinner! Looks delicious! I love one pot meals!

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    Kelly B. January 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Wow…that chicken looks fantastic!! I love adding beer to recipes…it adds a great flavor. I make a bison beer chili and it is so good!! :)

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    Jenna January 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Dinner looks great!
    What’s special about tomorrows oats?!
    Jenna

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace January 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    At first I thought there were apples in the pot! I think they are just the potatoes… Looks delicious! :)

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    Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me. January 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    What a yummy meal! And low on dirty dishes too! Both my bf and I would be happy with that (I cook, he cleans). ;)

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    ana January 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Amazing meal!! You should always allow yourself something sweet if you have a craving. Sometimes a vitamin tablet wont do.

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) January 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    i don’t drink alcohol but i’m so intrigued by recipes that have beer in it. really curious about beer bread!

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    Jenn (www.j3nn.net) January 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    That recipe looks terrific! I bet my hubby would love it, too. He loves chicken and beer, win win. :)

    Jenn

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) January 25, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Taking leftovers for lunch is a sign of a genius recipe. I’m sure we’ll see it again soon.

    Apples are my go to sweet dessert since I can’t really have sugar.

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    Run Sarah January 25, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I have never cooked with beer before – I’m interested in trying the flavour!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) January 25, 2010 at 2:09 am

    anything with added beer can’t be bad…well, just about anything! this looks so great! and i’m in love with the newest 3-minute cookie. it’s perfection :)

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    Leo @ cupcakes in Paris January 25, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Interesting dinner!!!
    I too went to bed dreaming of breakfast. Unfortunately it was another story when I woke up this morning. The coffee machine doesn’t work, the kitchen light just broke but the banana bread I made last night is pretty good….

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    Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 25, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Beer in dinner, that’s a clever idea! I’ve seen recipes that use coke in cooking too (I even saw a Diet Coke Cake..!!). How beery does it taste? Cos I hate beer lol :p
    I had oatmeal this morning, it’s the best food :D

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    Lauren January 25, 2010 at 7:27 am

    My husband would love this meal!

    I just signed the petition… thanks for posting the link. Jamie is supporting such an important movement, and I’m 100% on board!

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    Jennifer January 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for showcasing instant oatmeal! I have it every morning, popping it in the microwave and adding the usual mix-ins: yogurt, half nanner, PB, etc. It’s healthy, delicious, fills me up until lunch and proves that the whole “overnight oats” idea is OVERRATED. I don’t have time to overnight anything when I’m already cooking lunch and dinner for the week.

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    Rachel January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Dinner looks great! I didn’t even realize Glamour had recipes.

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    Norma March 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hello.
    The Beer Chicken recipe calls for 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. I’m disappointed in the taste! Way too much vinegar. How can this be counteracted? I’m going to have to put honey and/or lime juice in it.

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    Suzanne April 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    OH, that looks so YUMMY! My mom gave me a recipe for chicken strips with a cornflake coating. http://windowontheprairie.com/2010/03/31/crispy-parmesan-cornflake-chicken-strips/
    Happy Eats! ,Suzanne

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