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Triple cheese, Chicken and Elote Stuffed Charred Poblano with Lager Avocado Sauce

Triple cheese, Chicken and Elote Stuffed Charred Poblano with Lager Avocado Sauce

Have you replaced doom-scrolling with imagination vacations? As in, pretending as if you’re actually going to take a trip so you plan one by looking up hotels in the Caribbean as though you’re just about to click book? No? Just me? It is preferable to rage-reading the news and is an excellent replacement behavior to panic-skimming medical articles about deadly viruses. 

Also, stuffing foods in other foods is an excellent way to focus on something positive. And by positive I mean you are cooking an entire meal and even if it’s just for you, you’ll have plenty of delicious leftovers. Except we aren’t calling them leftover, it’s called MEAL PREPPING! See, look at you, you’re such a grown-up. Ignore the news and plan your next fake vacation, drink a beer and eat food stuffed into other food. It’s like a vacation for your face. 

Triple cheese, Chicken and Elote Stuffed Charred Poblano with Lager Avocado Sauce

Ingredients
  

Peppers:

  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts chopped
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Mexican lager beer or pilsner
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese plus additional for top
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes drained

Elote:

  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Avocado Sauce:

  • 1 large avocado diced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican lager beer or pilsner

Instructions
 

  • Char the peppers on all sides by places over the flame of a gas stove burner (this will not work on the coils of an electric stove, or an induction burner). If you don’t have a gas burner, add the peppers to a baking sheet and place them just under the broiler in your oven. Turn the peppers until charred on all sides, remove from heat, allow to cool.
  • Heat the oven to 375°F.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, then add the chicken cooking until seared on all sides.
  • Add the beer, scraping to deglaze the pan. Add the cream cheese, ½ cup mozzarella, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt. Stir until cheese is melted and well combined.
  • Stir in the tomatoes.
  • Add to a baking sheet, cut the peppers down the center from the stem to the tip, removing the seeds and membrane.
  • Fill the peppers with the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes, remove from oven.
  • Stir together all the elote ingredients, set aside.
  • Add all the avocado sauce ingredients to a food processor, process until well combined but the avocado is still slightly chunky.
  • Plate the peppers, top with elote and avocado sauce.

Huli Huli Beer Chicken

Huli Huli Beer Chicken, the best chicken marinade!

This is the front runner in my quest to grill all the things. Meaning, it is my current absolute-without-question-totally-serious favorite grilled thing. And I have grilled ALL THE THINGS, as in, I’ve grilled cake and garlic. Not at the same time, that would just be mean to the cake consumption person. 

When I say this is the best grilled chicken recipe, I’m putting it up against a huge crowd of great chicken. I’m not saying it’s the prettiest girl in the room, I’m saying it’s the prettiest girl in the state. I could say WORLD, but I’m trying to be realistic, I haven’t actually had ALL the chicken in the world, just a lot of it. 

Grilling is keeping me sane this month. It’s my favorite summer activity that’s not canceled, its how I trick myself into thinking the world is normal, even if just for a second. Try it, open a beer, grill some things, and for a few minutes, you’ll feel normal.  Even if you don’t, you’ll still have beer and chicken so things could be way worse. 

 

Huli Huli Beer Chicken

5 from 3 votes

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup (118g) soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (57g) IPA beer
  • ½ cup (114g) pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup (65g) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated with a Microplane
  • 3 large garlic cloves grated with a Microplane
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium pineapple peeled cored and sliced
  • ¼ cup green onions

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, beer, pineapple juice, tomato paste, vinegar, ginger, and garlic. Remove 1/3 cup of the mixture, cover, and set aside.
  • Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt.
  • Add the chicken to the mixing bowl with the marinade (or add it all to a large ziplock bag), cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 6. 
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Add the chicken and pineapple.
  • Brush the chicken with the reserved 1/3 cup marinade and turn every few minutes until cooked through about 8 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken and pineapple from the grill, add to a serving platter.
  • Sprinkle with green onions.

 

 

Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

I served this with homemade biscuits, is that weird? Yes, the answer is yes. I suppose that you should serve it with something vegetal, or salad-adjacent, but I needed a big 'ole plate o’carbs. Because biscuits are just better with dinner than with breakfast, there I said it and I’m not taking it back. 

Oh, you want to know what biscuit recipe I used? Of course you do, but I’m not telling. Not yet, because they were amazing and I’m bringing them to a face near you later in the week. Stay tuned, the recipe will be up in a matter of days.

Normal people will go ahead and serve this beer chicken with something more conventional, like grilled corn, and this would be a good idea. But I can be a go-against-the-grain (pun intended, corn is a grain, GET IT?!)  type of person for better or for worse. 

But maybe you’re both and you will serve this with corn AND biscuits and then you will win. I’ll pour you a beer and give you a crown, it’ll be fun. 

Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

The Beeroness
5 from 4 votes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs chicken legs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (114g) dark soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup (76g) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup (228g) IPA beer or pale ale
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoon (38g) brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves grated with a Microplane
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) fresh ginger, grated with a Microplane
  • Chopped chives or green onions

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle the chicken legs on all sides with salt, add to a large bowl or Ziploc bag. Stir together the soy sauce, vinegar, beer, cornstarch, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger until well combined.
  • Pour over the chicken. Cover (or seal) and refrigerate for 3 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place the chicken on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Pour the marinade into a pot, boil until thickened, about 9 minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the grill. Once the chicken is on the grill, remove and discard the aluminum foil leaving the sheet pan to be a clean place to put your chicken once it’s cooked. Do not put cooked chicken back on a plate or pan that once held raw chicken or you will risk bacteria contamination.
  • Brush the chicken with glaze every time you turn the chicken. Allow the chicken to cook until the juices run clear and chicken is cooked through. If the chicken starts to burn before cooked through, lower grill temp or move chicken to the upper rack of the grill.
  • Sprinkle with chopped chives or green onions.

Thai Chili Beer Chicken in Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce

Thai Chili Beer Chicken in Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce

This is 100% because I’m clumsy. You’d think that an actual grown-up human person would be able to eat chicken off stabby things, I mean SKEWERS, without actually stabbing themselves. But you would be wrong. I have several stabby thing related injuries and I’m trying not to add to this list while in the midst of a global pandemic. 

Normal people would just avoid eating things off tiny swords, but I have instead modified dishes that involve swords like utensils to remove them from the equation. Because I need to not joust with my face right now. 

If you don’t have the issues with inept fine motor skills that I do, I hope you still like this dish. It’s all the good stuff about chicken satay without the risk of injury, however low that might be in your house. it’s low-risk chicken and I really just need that right now. 

Thai Chili Beer Chicken in Spicy Peanut Satay Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

For The Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 cup beer pale ale, IPA, pilsner
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil or olive oil

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup (64g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon (25g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon (32g) Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) sriracha (plus additional to taste)
  • 2 large cloves garlic grated with a Microplane
  • 2 tablespoons beer pale ale, IPA, pilsner
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 red chili thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • Rice for serving

Instructions
 

  • Add beer, chili powder, soy sauce, and curry paste to a large Ziploc bag or a resealable container.
  • Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt, add them to the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for one hour and up to 12.
  • Remove from the marinade, pat dry.
  • Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet until thin and shimmery, add the chicken, searing on both sides until cooked through.
  • While the chicken cooks, make the sauce.
  • Add the coconut milk, peanut butter, fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, curry paste, vinegar, sriracha, garlic, and beer to a pot over medium-high heat. Cook until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the lime juice.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken, allow to simmer for about a minute, then remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle with chilies and cilantro.
  • Serve with rice.

Sourdough Fried Chicken

Sourdough Fried Chicken, the best fried chicken I’ve ever made!

I read the other day that sourdough starters are a problem. As in: we are wasting too much flour by feeding and discarding on a daily basis. To which my brain responded with: yeah, I’m going to go ahead and worry about that as soon as I’m done worrying about worldwide pandemics, deadly viruses, and murder bees. I will get to your concern in the order in which it was received. 

 

Because basically, my first response to anything is sarcasm. This is truth. But after my sarcasm wained I realized that although I can not do anything to fix worldwide pandemics, deadly viruses, or homicidal insects, my limited skill set does include ways to not waste starters. So basically it’s the only way I can help. I’m like a toddler in the kitchen when it comes to "helping" with this pandemic. 

BUT it did result in literally (not figuratively) the absolute best fried chicken I have ever made. So that’s what I have to offer the world right now: how to not waste your starter discards, and really great chicken recipes. So clearly I have this all figured out and we are all fine now. See, sarcasm, it’s basically all I have. 

Sourdough Fried Chicken

5 from 5 votes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs chicken pieces thighs, legs, wings
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt divided
  • ½ cup (113g) sourdough starter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup (57g) beer (pale ale, pilsner)
  • ¼ cup (57g) milk
  • 1 ½ cups (180g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Oil for frying canola, peanut, safflower

Instructions
 

  • Add the chicken to a wire rack over a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle on all sides with 1 teaspoon salt.
  • In a bowl stir together the sourdough starter, egg, beer, and milk.
  • In another bowl stir together the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, flour, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and brown sugar.
  • One at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour until well coated, dip into the sourdough mixture until covered, and then back into the flour until covered.
  • Return the chicken to the baking sheet. Repeat for all chicken. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes until the oil heats (this will help the coating to adhere to the chicken and become crisper, without it your chicken may be soggy and the coating will easily separate from the chicken).
  • Heat 4-6 inches of oil in a deep fryer or a pot with a deep-fry thermometer until it hits 350°F, adjust heat to maintain this temperature.
  • Set out a clean wire rack over a different baking sheet (this will keep the underside of the chicken from getting soggy the way it does on paper towels. Don’t return it to the other rack, it will risk contamination from the raw chicken bacteria).
  • Cook chicken in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes each (make sure to only fry a few at a time to avoid overcrowding the pot).
  • Serve warm.

Notes

To keep the cooked chicken warm while cooking the remaining chicken, you can add the clean wire rack and baking sheet to an oven set to “keep warm” or 175°F, once the chicken is cooked, add it to the baking sheet in the oven to keep it warm while you cook the rest of the chicken.

 

Grilled Harissa Sesame Beer Chicken with Lemon Cilantro Tahini

Grilled Harissa Sesame Beer Chicken with Lemon Cilantro Tahini

Remember when I had you buy tahini to make this Beer Chicken Shwarma with Tahini Aoili? Well, that jar of tahini is about to get another workout. I COULD sit here and tell you it’s because I think you already have some and I don’t want you to have to go to the store for ingredients, but you would see right through that. Really, it’s because I didn’t want to go to the store for new ingredients so I’m just using what I have. Like that Harissa I bought for this

If nothing else positive comes out of this pandemic, I hope the fact that we are becoming far creative with our cooking is something that sticks. Bright side, right? Yes, we’ve gotta bright side as much as we can. 

Another bright side is the grill. I can grill all the things again!! Which is hard to do in the midst of Seattle rain, but these quarantine days have been glorious, necessitating grilling all the things. My entire plan for the upcoming weekend has to do with what I can grill that I haven’t already grilled. It’s very exciting. 

Beer is a big part of the weekends these days, please try to hide your shock at this revelation. I had a Medusa DIPA from Anchorage brewing a few days ago and loved it. I am usually shy about the higher ABV beers (I’m a total lightweight, don’t tell) but it was fantastic. If I have some sun, a grill, and a good beer, the weekend will be still be something I’ll look forward too, even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. 

Grilled Harissa Sesame Beer Chicken with Lemon Cilantro Tahini

Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

For the chicken:

  • ¼ cup (7g) chopped green onions
  • 4 cloves garlic grated with a microplane
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger grated with a microplane
  • 2 tablespoon (32g) harissa paste *
  • 3 tablespoon (48g) soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tablespoon (25g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) sesame oil
  • ½ cup (115g) pale ale
  • 8 chicken thighs skinless and boneless
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup (224g) tahini (stir the jar well beforehand)
  • ¼ cup (58g) fresh lemon juiced
  • 2 tablespoons (27g) beer (or water)
  • ¼ cup (58g) water (plus additional as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons (27g) olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves rough chopped
  • ¾ cup (18g) chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup (7g) chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sumac** optional
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (9g) kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl stir together the green onions, garlic, ginger, harissa paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, and beer.
  • Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt. Add the chicken to the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to 24.
  • In a blender, add the ingredients for the sauce, blend on high until well combined. Add additional beer or water to thin to desired consistency.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Add the chicken to the grill, brushing with marinade after turning, grilling until cooked through (do not brush with marinade after removing from grill, the heat of the grill will kill harmful bacteria from the raw chicken juices that are still in the marinade but brushing after removing from the grill won’t).
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds after removing from the grill.
  • Drizzle with sauce prior to serving.

Notes

* Harissa is a North African hot chili pepper paste, usually found near the Moroccan food in the grocery store. You can also make it yourself, link below.
**I love sumac, but if you don’t have it on hand don’t feel the need to run out and find it. This sauce is great even without it.

DIY Stout Harissa 

 

Beer Chicken Étouffée

Beer Chicken Étouffée (pandemic pantry version)

This is what happens when I can’t decide if going to the grocery store is worth it. I wanted to make this with crawfish, but as you can assume, that’s not exactly a pantry staple in Seattle. Then I did the thing where I debated with myself if it was worth going to the store to try to find what I wanted. 

But as we’ve already discussed, I can be kinda lazy, but I’m good at tricking myself into thinking I’m not. So I didn’t go to the store because "social distancing", and "public safety", blah blah. But really, it was because I got lazy and pants seemed like a hurdle I didn’t want to tackle. 

I did have chicken, so that was what I used, and it was amazing. This is authentic cooking, it’s pandemic cooking, it’s "use what you have to make something delicious" cooking. Which, honestly, was a bad thing because all it did was reinforce my laziness. I lazied and it worked for me, which makes me far more likely to do it that next time. Let’s hope all future lazy decisions yield something as delicious as this beer chicken etouffée. 

Beer Chicken Étouffée

Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (60g) flour
  • ½ of one yellow onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped (any color)
  • 3 lbs chicken cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cloves garlic grated with a microplane
  • 1 cup (8oz) stout
  • 2 cups (16oz) low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses not blackstrap
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Rice for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions
 

  • Add the olive oil and butter to a large pan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Sprinkle with flour. Whisk over medium heat until the roux is the color of milk chocolate, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper, cook until the vegetables have softened.
  • Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt.
  • Add the chicken to the pan, cooking until browned.
  • Stir in the garlic.
  • Add the beer, scraping to deglaze the pan.
  • Add the broth, hot sauce, creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, and black pepper. Simmer until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add desired amount of rice to bowls, spoon the chicken over the rice, sprinkle with parsley.

Notes

Blackstrap molasses is what happens when you boil cane juice three times, removing nearly all the sugar resulting in a black, bitter sludge. Dark, light or unsulphured are all fairly interchangeable and pleasantly sweet. Make sure never to use Blackstrap when a recipe calls for molasses unless it’s specifically called for.

Oven Roasted Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs

There is a lot of uncertainty right now, but let’s talk about what is certain. Yoga pants and pajamas are socially acceptable all day.  Cake can now be eaten at all meals without guilt. And the government has officially declared brewery staff to be considered essential during the shelter in place lockdown. But we already knew that, you didn’t have to tell us that they’re essential. 

So you’re cooking all day, wearing pajamas until noon, and drinking probably more beer than you should. You’re officially living my life right now. Not as glamourous as you thought? I know, I know. But there are worse things. And I made you some chicken. 

I realize that for me, this list of ingredients is all "pantry staples" and that might not be the case for everyone. But also, the grocery store is one of the only places you CAN go right now so maybe put on a dress and some heels and make an event out of it. I didn’t think so, pajamas with boots and messy bun? That sounds more like it. 

We’ll get through this, you know that right?

And when we do we will appreciate traffic, coworkers, crowded bars and long waits to be seated at restaurants so much more. Maybe we all just needed to take a step back and remember that the small stuff is really big stuff if you don’t have it, and once we get it back we won’t forget that. For now, we still have beer and pajamas and those are pretty good right now. 

Oven Roasted Coconut Curry Chicken Thighs

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 shallot or white onion, chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup (4oz) pale ale
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 cups Swiss chard spinach, or kale, rough chopped
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Rice and chopped chives for serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a mixing bowl stir together the shallots, beer, coconut milk, curry paste, sriracha, and fish sauce.
  • In a 9x13 baking dish add the chard (or kale or spinach) in an even layer. Add the chicken thighs on top, skin side up. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, basil and garlic powder.
  • Pour the coconut milk around the chicken, avoiding the top of the chicken thighs.
  • Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes. Rotate the pan and continue to cook until skin has browned and the chicken is cooked through, about another 15 minutes.
  • Serve over rice, sprinkle with chopped chives.

Beer Chicken Satay with Almond Stout Dipping Sauce

Beer Chicken Satay with Almond Stout Dipping Sauce

I have recently discovered, to my abject horror, that I vastly prefer almond butter to peanut butter. Why so horrified, you ask? Because it is, in my conservative estimation, about one thousand times more expensive. And I am cheap. Have I told you this? That I have not one, but three favorite thrift stores, each one has it’s own unique category of items I prefer it for (food props, random vintage furniture, weird but fun jewelry). This is a true fact. 

Then there comes along these items that overpower my will to conserve. Like $30 bottles of beer, and jars of roasty nut butter. No, no, that $13 dollar jar of almond butter makes total sense! And then I eat it and I’m convinced, money can be saved elsewhere because I can’t go back, not now. It’s so much better!

Sure, some people will DIE if they eat peanuts and that’s a fine reason to forgo the eating of such nuts. But there is also the added benefit of superior taste and texture, so it’s a win/win. From now on, all satay sauce should just be made with almonds, it’s safer. And more delicious.

Go forth and eat your almonds with a fine roasty stout and chicken hot off the grill. 

 

Beer Chicken Satay with Almond Stout Dipping Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Chicken Skewers:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves grated with microplane
  • 1 cup 8 oz full-fat coconut milk from a well shaken can
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame chili oil
  • 1 lbs chicken thighs cut into cubes
  • ½ cup beer (pilsner, pale ale, lager)

Satay sauce:

  • ¼ cup 64g smooth almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame chili oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk from a tin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons stout beer

Instructions
 

  • Stir together all the chicken skewer ingredients (except the chicken), add the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 24.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high.
  • Thread the chicken through skewers. Add the chicken skewers to the grill, cooking on both sides until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Stir together the satay sauce ingredients.
  • Serve the chicken alongside the satay sauce.

Lemon Artichoke Skillet Beer Chicken

Lemon Artichoke Skillet Beer Chicken

Life is too short for soggy chicken skin, this is a fact. Crispy chicken skin is the only way to live life, and I have the secret. It’s a cold pan. Not a "put in the fridge" cold, but now that you say that, I do want to try that. It’s "cold" as in: not on a heat source. That’s the secret, and once you trust me and cook your chicken in a cold-not-cold pan, you won’t turn back.

Letting the chicken skin cook as the pan heats up slowly renders the fat and allows the skin to slowly crisp and turn golden (I like a DARK golden, but feel free to aim for the medium gold) and this will rid your life of that gross, chewy, gummy skin with pieces of fat that you pretend aren’t there in order to enjoy the rest of your meal.

After you begin with your cold pan, don’t rush it. Just let that sucker sit at medium heat  (invest in a splatter guard if you don’t already have one. Trust!) until it’s ready, not letting it get too hot or the chicken will burn before it’s done crisping and rendering. It’s a job that it does all on its own while you are free to do other things, like make sauce, or a cocktail, or impulse buy sequin pants on Amazon. You know, whatever strikes your fancy.

Now that you are in on this crispy-skinned secret, it’s time to give it a try. You can even add your own favorite sauce or spice rub, or just eat it over the sink in your yoga pants while drinking your cocktail. It’s your world, and it now has crispy skin chicken for life.

Lemon Artichoke Skillet Beer Chicken

5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
  

  • 6 chicken thighs bone in, skin on
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (56g) chicken broth
  • ¼ cup (56g) pale ale
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ cup (56g) lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (60g) sundried tomatoes in oil
  • ½ cup (130g) quartered artichoke hearts
  • Chopped fresh parsley for serving
  • Rice or pasta for serving

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt. Place in a skillet, off heat, skin side down.
  • Add to the stove over medium heat (if the heat is too high the skin will burn before it is able to render the fat, slower cooking will allow for crispier skin). Add a splatter guard if you have one.
  • Cook until the skin has browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Turn over, cooking on the other side until chicken is cooked through.
  • While the chicken cooks, make the sauce.
  • Add the chicken broth, beer and cornstarch to a large bowl, whisk to combine. Add the remaining ingredients (except the parsley and rice), stir to combine.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the pan, pour off all the rendered fat. Return the pan to heat, raise the heat to medium high. Add the sauce, stir to remove the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan, cooking until the chicken has warmed. Add to a serving plate, sprinkle with parsley, serve over rice or pasta.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Beer Chicken

Grilled Cilantro Lime Beer Chicken

I go through phases of grilling all the things. And by ALL, I pretty much mean it. I once grilled garlic. Nothing edible is safe when I’m in this phase. I always grill my homemade pizza, all fruit is better grilled, I’ve even grilled all the ingredients for guacamole, and then did it all again with all the ingredients for sangria (except the wine, but I thought about it!) because "guac, chips, and sangria" are better as "grilled guac, chips, and grilled sangria". I promise.

If you’re between grills right now, don’t sad-face me. Figure out how to get your grubby paws on one. Craigslist (ok, but be careful!), Facebook Market Place (way better, you can facebook stalk for safety), Amazon (really safe as long as your delivery guy is cool). It’ll be worth it when you’re finally able to grill all your things, too.

You can stop at normal things like meat and veggies. But if you want to grill pie or salad, I would approve. Just make sure to share it with me on Instagram.

Grilled Cilantro Lime Beer Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs bone in, skin on
  • 2 large limes juiced
  • ½ cup (9g) cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon (18g) kosher salt
  • 12 ounces pale ale
  • 2 large cloves of garlic peeled

Instructions
 

  • Add the chicken to a large Ziplock bag or bowl with a lid.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor, process on high until well combined.
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken, seal (or cover). Refridgerate for 2 to 12 hours.
  • Pre heat a grill to medium-high.
  • Remove chicken from the marinade. Grill on all sides until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.

Sheet Pan Sweet Chili Glazed Beer Chicken

Sheet Pan Sweet Chili Glazed Beer Chicken

Do you ever wonder how long you’d live in a zombie apocalypse? Everyone imagines themselves surviving far into the future of the new world, rebuilding alongside fellow badass humans who have managed to evade bitey undead soldiers. But, most people are wrong. The only people whom I have full confidence in thriving in a zombie infestation are Jason Moma and this good friend of mine. Other than that, you’re all probably doomed.

Me? I think I’d be a solid medium. Due to my mostly feral upbringing, I have outstanding problem-solving skills that would carry me farther than most, but I’m also careless and disorganized. I’d leave the door open, or forget to grab my knife, or accidentally set off the car alarm. That would take me down.

But my tribe would miss me because I would be the one would could cook an edible meal with just pantry scraps and questionable meat. That’s really my only useful post-apocalyptic skill. I can’t grow things, or shoot things, or build things, but I can cook things. So, give me a fire and anything even edible adjacent, and I can work some magic. As long as someone else is looking after the locks and the loud noises.

Maybe it’s because I’m re-watching The Walking Dead on the treadmill this week (it legit makes me run faster), but that’s what came to mind when I decided to just use what I had on hand to make this. What can I make without going to the store? WHAT IF THERE WAS NO STORE?! I’M STILL MAD ABOUT CARL!!

So I bring you this chicken made with stuff you should always have on hand, as well as meaningless rambling, you’re welcome.

Also, how long would you last if the zombies took over?

Sheet Pan Sweet Chili Glazed Beer Chicken

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs or chicken legs (bone in, skin on)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup pale ale
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

Instructions
 

  • Add a wire rack over a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray. Add the chicken, skin side up, on the rack. Sprinkle liberally with salt.
  • Place in the oven, then set the temperature to 300°F, set a timer for 25 minutes (allowing the chicken to cook in the oven while it preheats helps to render fat and make the skin crispier).
  • Add the cornstarch and beer to a saucepan, whisk until combined. Stir in the chili flakes, chili powder, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven, raise the heat to 400°F. Brush the chicken with glaze. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Brush again with glaze, turn on the oven broiler.
  • Place the chicken under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize.
  • Remove from oven, add to a serving platter, sprinkle with green onions.

Notes

Thai sweet chili sauce is found in the Asian section of the grocery store. I tend to favor a brand called Mae Ploy that can be found everywhere from Whole Foods to Target. But if you want to make it from scratch, I suggest this Sweet Chili Sauce recipe from Serious Eats. 

Kung Pao Porter Chicken

Kung Pao Porter Chicken

Kung Pao Porter Chicken

We ALL have that food. The food that you hated as a kid, assuming that you hated all such foods, and then you grew up and realized that you didn’t hate it all all. You had just been force-fed some horrendous version of said food, and once you had a well-made version you realized the error of your ways. Or the error of your primary-caregiver-who-fed-you ways.

For me, it’s Chinese food. Growing up I only had that horrible stuff that pretended to be chow mein, sloshed out of a large tin can, encased in an unidentifiable gelatinous substance. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I envy you. This "meal" was always served with previously frozen egg rolls that were mostly filled with mushy cabbage. I know, sounds fabulous, right? I was convinced that I must just hate Chinese food. Until I realized that I actually love it, and crave it on a regular basis, I just hate crappy supermarket version of food that should never be served in a can.

I was 18, freshly living on my own (when "on my own" meant three roommates and a crappy apartment), and a friend brought it over in a white plastic bag, with those adorable take-out containers. What? Nope. No. I can’t. I just…but it smelled so good! Not like the roughage and slime I’d been previously served. I figured I’d try it, I could always apologize for gagging and offer up some dessert.

Kung Pao Porter Chicken

It was fantastic. And by that, I mean, fairly average Chinese take out that had spent zero time in a tin can. I was astonished and vowed to pretty much try anything offered to me from then on. Which probably led to my eating roasted ants in Bogota. Or maybe I just have questionable judgment and a penchant for danger. Either way, I’m all in when it comes to Chinese food and pretty much anything you can serve out of those little white take-out containers.

 

Kung Pao Porter Chicken

Kung Pao Porter Chicken

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Ingredients
  

For the chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons porter beer
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup porter beer
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil (or sesame chili oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger grater with a microplane

For the stir fry:

  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil (or sesame chili oil)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried red chilies
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced (stem and seeds removed)
  • ¼ cup thickly sliced green onions
  • 2 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup shelled, roasted peanuts
  • rice for serving

Instructions
 

  • 1. Whisk together the cornstarch, soy sauce, and beer in a small bowl.
    2. Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with salt, add to the marinade, toss to coat.
    3. Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
    4. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the dried chilies, cooking until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the bell peppers, stirring frequently until softened. Stir in the garlic.
    5. Add the chicken and marinade, cooking for about 2 minutes.
    6. Pour in the sauce, reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir in the peanuts.
    7. Add to a serving bowl, top with green onions. 
    8. serve over rice

Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker Pressure Cooked Beer Chicken Jambalaya


Pressure Cooker Beer Chicken Jambalaya

This post was sponsored by the Crock-Pot brand. Partnerships with The Beeroness and outside companies only occur when the company’s products are ones I use and enjoy myself. All ideas and opinions are my  own.

The reason I made this two days in a row is the same reason I love this little machine so much. I had every intention of this being a slow-cooker recipe, and that’s what I did. I slow cooked a jambalaya with all the meat, spices and rice that I wanted to cram into one bowl.

I liked it, I did. It was a super easy and satisfying way to eat a big ‘ol bowl of comfort food. But I couldn’t stop wondering how it would taste pressure cooked, and since the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker can do both, that’s just what I did. It was perfect, even better than the slow cooked version. Since the rice setting was built into the pressure cook mode (one of the hardest things to slow cook and get right is rice), it was simple.

The rice was perfectly cooked, the chicken was fall-apart-tender and the flavor tasted like it had slow cooked all day. THIS is how I’ll make jambalaya going forward, it was much better than I even hoped. I hope you like it as much as I do, this may be a staple in my house from now on.

The new Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cookeris a game changer. It has eight different functions that encompass all the functions you would achieve from using multiple different kitchen appliances from slow cooking to pressure cooking and sautéing to searing. The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker is also available in NEW 4-Quart and 8-Quart Models.

Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker Pressure Cooked Beer Chicken Jambalaya

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 sweet white onion, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 lbs Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 lbs chicken thighs, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces beer (pale ale, pilsner, pale lager, or wheat beer)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more for spicier)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (a full teaspoon if your Cajun spice mix is low or sodium free)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Set the Express Crock to sauté on high. Add the oil, allowing to get hot before adding the bell peppers, onions, and celery. Cook until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Stir in the sausage and chicken, cooking until the chicken has turned white on the outside. Stir in the remaining ingredients (reserving the parsley for garnish).
  3. Add the lid, turning to the locked position. Make sure the steam release value is set to sealed.
  4. Turn the rice/risotto setting to high for 8 minutes. The Express Crock will take about 10 minutes to heat up and build pressure, during this time the display will say “HEAt” (yes, with a lowercase “t”). Once the 8 minutes have finished, turn the steam release valve to open (careful, the steam is hot!). Allow the steam to release before opening the Express Crock.
  5. Ladle into bowls, top with parsley.
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Pale Ale Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Pale Ale Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, 20-minutes to a deliciously satisfying soup!

We need to brace ourselves. The fall is spilling into winter and you can feel the frost and fire in everyone, online and in person. It makes me retreat, slowly back out the door and avoid other people in order to still like humans in general.

I imagine that we all, just for a moment, agreed on things. A literal moment, 90 seconds or so, all focus on what we can all get behind, even if it’s small. Small things that help us all feel like we get each other: how wrapping our hands around a warm drink on a cold day softens every stress, how squirrels are cute but also little assholes, and how we all dislike Gwyneth Paltrow (but we do, right?).

Maybe it won’t help, but these are the soup-making-days, the days I try to treat collective soul wounds with food. Sure, I know it doesn’t really help. I know I can’t make soup for all of you invisible internet people across the world. But I also know that you probably feel the same, in one way or another. At least this is what I try to believe in order to stay sane in the rapidly dissolving humanity of the world we live in.

Pale Ale Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, julienne
  • 1 small Thai chilies, sliced
  • ½ cup pale ale
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can full fat coconut milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 large chicken thighs, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoon Red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 large basil leaves, sliced
  • 4 servings rice noodles
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in large pot or Dutch oven, add the onions, bell pepper and chili. Cook until the vegetables have started to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beer.
  2. Add the coconut milk, broth, chicken, fish sauce, salt, garlic powder and curry paste.
  3. Simmer until chicken has cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the basil and rice noodles, simmer until noodles are cooked, about 5 minutes.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste (the amount of salt you need is directly dependent on the broth you use).
  6. Ladle into bowls, garnish with cilantro.
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Oven Baked Orange Pepper Beer Chicken

Oven Baked Orange Pepper Beer Chicken, delicious one-pot, super quick and easy meal!

There’s a thing about chicken that always seems to be true no matter how I make it: it’s just as much at home on a white tablecloth in a dimly lit sommelier infested fine dining space as it is on the rickety picnic table of a small backyard gathering.

I like this about chicken, it can go all places. This, in one way or another, is how I try to live my life. I want to be able to feel at home at the opera, or on the farm, or in the inner city. I say I TRY, not that I succeed. I try to be chicken, with its delicious versatility. I try to please everyone from nugget-loving-kids, to batter-dipped-and-fried-devotees to people who confit things.

I don’t, however, think it works all the time. I swear too much, making suburban moms nervous to have me at football parties. When I drink I get loud and start to draw too much attention. And I will probably knock down a toddler to pet a strangers dog. These are not very chicken-like things. Chicken makes people happy, chicken blends in but leaves a good impression. Chicken is a crowd pleaser.

I’m more like beer. You either love me or you don’t. But I do my best to make everyone happy. And maybe there is enough chicken in the world. But a girl can dream.

 

 

Oven Baked Orange Pepper Beer Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (about 1 large orange)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 lbs chicken legs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup (4oz) pale ale (or pilsner, wheat beer)
  • ¼ cup (2oz) orange juice (about ½ one large orange)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl combine the zest, pepper, salt, garlic powder and cornstarch.
  3. Rub the spice mixture into the legs on all sides.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet until hot but not smoking.
  5. Add the chicken, searing on all sides until browned. Pour the orange juice and beer over the chicken.
  6. Transfer pan to the oven, cooking until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
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Lazy Chicken: Dump, Bake, Done

Lazy Chicken: Dump, Bake, Done. A super delicious meal with just 5 minutes of active time.

We all need this right now, don’t we? Something easy and uncomplicated to pair with the rest of our messy complicated lives. I’ve been making some version of this for a while, some version of baked-chicken-with-stuff-on-it when the weather shifts and the darkness of the day make it harder for me to dig creativity out of my brain.

I don’t do much measuring when I’m just making it for my own consumption (for you, I meticulously weigh and measure to make sure I give it to you the way it’s intended). Sometimes I just add what I have, sometimes I throw some rice or farro in the bottom and hope it cooks enough to eat.

This one I like. I like the sauce, I like the garlicky pesto, I like the way the broiler browns the cheese just a little bit. I hope you like it too and I hope it makes things just a little less complicated for you this week.

Lazy Chicken: Dump, Bake, Done

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (85g) baby spinach, packed
  • 1 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (4oz) beer (wheat beer, pale lager, pilsner)
  • ½ cup (4oz) chicken broth
  • ¼ cup(62g) pesto sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 sun dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup (40g) shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Add spinach in an even layer to a 9x13 baking dish, add the chicken thighs on top, sprinkling with salt.
  3. Add the beer, broth, pesto, pepper, and sun dried tomatoes to a bowl, stir to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Turn the broiler to high, place under the broiler until the cheese starts to brown, about 4 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice, quinoa, or farro.
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Green Tomato Recipe: Beer Chicken Posole Verde

Green Tomato Recipe: Beer Chicken Posole Verde

Green Tomato Recipe: Beer Chicken Posole Verde

It’s really time for me to stop pretending as if my tomatoes will redden before the first frost. Every morning, trudging out my back door in flip flops with a still sleep-fogged brain, I hope to find one or two showing a shade of ripening, and it’s just not happening.

There are tricks, I know. I’ve read about bringing them inside, or wrapping them in newsprint, or boxing them up with (gag) ripe bananas. But I can’t wait. I want to use them now.

I’m impatient like a child sometimes, and the tomatoes are gorgeous even in their grassy hue, and I want to pick them. I wanted to give you a green tomato recipe. So I did. Sure, I thought about fried green tomatoes, but I know you won’t actually make those right now. It’s September, you’re busy, you have so much going on right now, you really don’t want to babysit a slab of battered tomato as it splatters hot oil on your arms. Me either. Not this month.

But soup, soup I’ll make. I think you will too. It’s the perfect month for Posole. All of the garden ingredients that you need for this spicy pot of goodness are still in season, but the weather isn’t nearly as hot as it was a few weeks ago. It still tastes like summer but it feels like fall.

Really, it’s my way to give those green tomatoes a purpose before the fall claims them and I miss out.

Usually, I tell you about the beer I used IN the recipe, this time I’m telling about the I had WITH the recipe. This gorgeous Green Coyote Tomatillo Sour from Odell Brewing was perfect. It uses tomatillos usually seen in Posole Verde, but in a deliciously tart beer that pairs beautifully with a slightly spicy soup.

Green Tomato Recipe: Beer Chicken Posole Verde

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) olive oil
  • 1 cup (155g) diced onions
  • 1 poblano chili, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and quartered
  • 4 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 cup (8oz) pilsner or wheat beer
  • 7 cups (56 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 pound green tomatoes*, quartered
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 (25 oz) cans of hominy, drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Garnishes:
  • Finely shredded green cabbage
  • sliced radishes
  • diced avocado
  • Mexican crema
  • tortilla chips
  • chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and peppers, cooking until softened, about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, cook for about 30 seconds. Pour in the beer, scraping to deglaze the pan. Add about half the broth (it does not need to be exact), tomatoes, lime juice and about half the hominy. Simmer until the tomatoes have softened.
  3. Transfer to a blender, blend until smooth, return to pot.
  4. Add the remaining broth, remaining hominy, the spices and the raw chicken.
  5. Simmer until the chicken has cooked through.
  6. Remove chicken from the pot, shred using two forks, return to pot. Adjust spices to taste.
  7. Serve warm, allowing guest to garnish as they choose.

Notes

*if you don't have green tomatoes: remove the green tomatoes and the lime juice from the recipe, replace with 1 lbs tomatillos, husked and quartered.

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