Roasted chicken Maryland in beer sauce

Enhancing flavour with beer is something I love to do from time to time. But choosing the right beer is critical. Pick a highly hopped beer and most assuredly you’re in trouble!

Although you may enjoy beers with high hop content, like IPAs, on their own, it necessarily doesn’t translate to an “enjoyable taste” when added in cooking! I learnt this the last time I tried using an Australian Pale Ale (APA) to make a dip – it wasn’t terrible, I agree, but would I make it again, NOPE. It’s just a waste of good APA! Better had on it’s own. Period.

But to keep things simple, rule of the thumb, if a particular food you love goes well with the beer of your choice, use it by all means to pimp up your dish the next time you cook it – but don’t go overboard, for the alcohol might boil off, but the bitterness lingers on!

Anyhow, this time I used a light beer – Tun – it’s the best especially because I also wanted make some beer peanut dip. Check that recipe out by clicking here.

Getting down to making the chicken roast,

  • Firstly, we need to make the rub for the chicken to be browned in. So get some plain flour, smoked paprika, freshly ground pepper, salt and mix them all together in a bowl.
  • Coat the chicken Maryland pieces (with skin) on both sides with the rub and shake off the excess flour.
  • In a thick bottom pan, add some olive oil and brown each side of the chicken.


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  • Transfer the chicken portions into a grill pan.
  • {making the beer sauce} While the pan is still on the heat, add a little beer to scrape off the browned bits of chicken skin, rub & fatty juices.
  • Add the rest of the rub to the pan, and slowly stir in the beer.

beer sauce

  • Allow the sauce to thicken and add some BBQ sauce too, to sweeten the flavour a tad.
  • Take the sauce off the heat and pour over the chicken in the grill pan.
  • Break some fresh asparagus sticks in halves and arrange them around the chicken.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C and place the grill tray on the middle shelf.
  • Allow to bake for 25 minutes and grill for a few minutes to brown off the chicken, and release the fats from the skin. This adds a lot of flavour to the asparagus and makes them heavenly!!

Serve with some delicious home-made potato broccoli mash!

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Chicken Maryland roasted in a BBQ beer sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken Maryland portions - with skin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/2 tbsp smoke paprika
  • 1 tsp cracked fresh pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 150 ml light beer
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of BBQ sauce
  • 1 bunch of asparagus

Instructions

  1. For the rub mix the plain flour, smoked paprika, freshly ground pepper and salt all together in a
  2. bowl.
  3. Coat the chicken Maryland pieces on both sides with the rub and shake off the excess flour.
  4. In a thick bottom pan, add some olive oil and brown each side of the chicken.
  5. Transfer the chicken portions into a grill pan.
  6. While the pan is still on the heat, add a little beer to scrape off the browned bits of chicken skin,
  7. rub & fatty juices.
  8. Add the rest of the rub to the pan, and slowly stir in the beer.
  9. Allow the sauce to thicken and add some BBQ sauce too, to sweeten the flavour a tad.
  10. Take the sauce off the heat and pour over the chicken in the grill pan.
  11. Break some fresh asparagus sticks in halves and arrange them around the chicken.
  12. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C and place the grill tray on the middle shelf.
  13. Allow to bake for 25 minutes and grill for a few minutes to brown off the chicken, and release the
  14. fats from the skin. This adds a lot of flavour to the asparagus and makes them heavenly!!
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