For tonight’s dinner, I made beer braised chicken. It was so easy, it doesn’t even require a recipe.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of my dinner due to poor lighting. I really need to find a way to light my kitchen better. I might need to switch out the bulbs, or perhaps I could take a trip to Ikea land and see what kitchen lighting they offer. Either way it’s too bad I can’t get a good picture without daylight!
Back to the chicken. So easy. I used a whole chicken and I quartered the beast.
I decided to take the skin off to be more healthy, but if health isn’t your concern, I’d keep the skin on. I lit the fire under my dutch oven to about medium high and melted some coconut oil. I seasoned the chicken simply with some salt and pepper, and Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute. I had to sear the chicken in two batches because I wanted it to brown well. Once all of the chicken had a nice brown crust, I removed it from the heat onto a plate. From there I added shallots, and de-glazed the pan with beer. (I used an amber ale). brought the liquid to a simmer and put the chicken back in the pot. It simmered for about an hour. You could certainly go longer, but I ran out of time. Serve when you are ready and enjoy. You could even make gravy out of the liquid that is left in the pot!
I suggest using a Dutch Oven. It’s an invaluable tool.
- heat pan
- season meat
- brown on all sides
- remove meat and add your onions, garlic or whatever you are using for aroma
- bring liquid to a simmer
- return meat
- let it braise for a while so the meat can loosen up.