If you've never tried Beer Can Chicken, you should. It sounds rather strange but it's a delicious invention and a great way to roast a chicken. It comes out beautifully crispy and tasty. Plus it makes for a great novelty dish and looks good in the middle of the table.
Follow this simple recipe:
5-6 lb Oven Roaster Whole Chicken 2 tsp Vegetable Oil 2 Tbsp Cajun or Creole Seasoning 2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning 12 oz can Beer
1. Buy a 5-6 pound roasting chicken; thaw in refrigerator for a couple days, if frozen. Move oven racks to the bottom level. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Remove giblets from chicken.
3. Rinse chicken inside and out with cold running water; pat dry with paper towels.
4. Rub chicken all over with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Stir together 2 Tablespoons Cajun or Creole Seasoning, and 2 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning. Rub chicken all over with seasoning mix and sprinkle some inside the cavity.
5. Pour out half of the beer in the can. Place the half-filled can of beer in the center of a roasting pan. Carefully ease the cavity of the chicken onto the beer can, and pulling the legs forward to balance. Fold the wings back over the back.
6. Carefully place upright chicken into oven. Bake for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, or until chicken is nicely browned and thoroughly cooked. The internal temperature should reach about 180 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, and the legs should move freely at the joint. Using oven mitts, carefully remove chicken from oven. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes.
7. You can then lift the chicken off the can of beer and place on serving platter or leave it on the beer can and just tuck in which is more messy but fun. Just be careful not to knock the chicken over as you will have a very beer soaked chicken.
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