“Just Add Beer” Chicken

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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.


“Just Add Beer” Chicken

Inspired by Glamour’s recipe (February 2010)


  • 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


  • 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


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.


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! 😀


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


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


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! 😉



  1. 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.

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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.

  4. Yum! One of my fave meals involves beer, chicken and the crockpots! Beer is such an underrated recipe addition!!
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  5. 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!

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

  7. 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….

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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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