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Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes

Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes

Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes. Just one pot and dinner is done. 

Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes

I once tried to help a homeless woman get an apartment.

She’d wondered into the lobby of the building I was working at in Beverly Hills. She was sweet, well over 70-years-old, and seemed quite healthy for the life she was living. I was given the task of "dealing" with her and decided that she was far more fascinating that paperwork that I’d previously been laboring through.

She handed me a stained envelope of papers, ID cards, receipts and bus passes, "I’m too old for this," She collapses in a leather chair near the window, "I think it’s time for me to have a place to live."

I got her a cup of coffee and asked her questions, most of which were purely to satisfy my own curiosity. She’d been homeless for 30 years, since her mid 40’s, she was once a waitress, then a secretary. She has a daughter who now lives in Chicago, they don’t talk. I didn’t pull at that thread. She spent most of her days in the Library, reading mystery novels, or at the park watching the people. She made homelessness seem almost charming.

I made some calls. Local shelters, community centers, soup kitchens. I googled searched the city looking for housing. After an hour, I struck gold. I found a HUD funded apartment complex that had a vacant unit that was designated for a formerly homeless senior citizen. I ran to the lobby to tell her the news.

"An open apartment? Where is it?' She was much less thrilled than I was.

"It’s on Adams and La Brea."

"Mmmm, child…. Honey…. I’d rather be homeless than live east of the 405." She slowly eased herself out of the chair and walked right out the door. Not even a goodbye.

You’d think I’d be irritated, or frustrated, but I found it so entreatingly hilarious that I called everyone I knew who lived in Santa Monica. To this day I’m asked to tell the story any time I’m at a party in the home of anyone who lives WEST of the 405.

Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes

Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes


  • 2 tbs fresh rosemary chopped
  • 3 tbs olive oil divided
  • 1 tbs stone ground mustard
  • 1 tbs honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup beer pale ale, brown ale, hefeweizen
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 lbs small red potatoes quartered


  • Add the rosemary, 2 tablespoons olive oil, mustard, honey, salt, pepper and beer to a large bowl or baking dish. Add the chicken, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoons olive oil in a cast iron skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the potatoes, cook until browned on cut sides, but not cooked through, about 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Place the chicken on top of the potatoes, pour ½ cup of the chicken marinate over the chicken.
  • Bake at 375 until chicken and potatoes are cooked through, about 25 minutes.

Rosemary Beer Chicken and Skillet Potatoes

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Amy February 27, 2015 um 6:16 am

I love using rosemary with chicken, especially since it makes my house smell so divine. This looks amazing!


cindy February 27, 2015 um 2:59 pm

Question: Will this overpower white meat? I have chicken breasts instead of thighs, and all of the other ingredients are on hand in my fridge/pantry. It is icy and snowy here and I don’t really want to run to the store if I can sub the breasts. I’m just worried the taste will be too strong for white meat. Oh, and I am going to make the sriracha corn fritters to go with it…My mouth is watering!!


Jackie February 27, 2015 um 3:16 pm

I don’t think it will over power, but breasts dry out a lot quicker than thighs. If you have a choice, use a lower hop beer. An IPA and some pale ales will be too hoppy for breasts. A brown ale, hef, white ale or lower hop pale, or pilsner would work fine.


Cindy February 27, 2015 um 8:05 pm

Verdict: Rosemary Beer Chicken (breasts): Delicious and husband-approved! I will be making this again and again and again. Easy, too!! The chicken was so moist and tender. So happy I had all of the ingredients on hand for this tonight.

And the Sriracha Corn Fritters (ok, really they were Voodoo sauce corn fritters because I was out of Sriracha…): Also delicious! The sauce I used had Ghost Chili Peppers in it, so I reduced the amount by about half. The reserved beer from the chicken was just the right amount for the fritters. So I just HAD to open another to pair with the meal. Had.To. 🙂

Thanks for these two amazing recipes!!


Mary @chattavore February 27, 2015 um 7:26 pm

Potatoes, chicken, and beer AND made all in one skillet? This is the perfect meal! I will be making this ASAP. My husband will love it! Thanks!


Tammy March 4, 2015 um 4:49 pm

We made this at my house last night. So divine! Took leftovers to work today for lunch and my coworkers wanted to know what I was eating because the break room smelled so good!


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