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Boozy Birdy Recipe
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Boozy Birdy

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"I adapted this from SB's Arrachera (Skirt Steak Taco Filling). Hope you like it as much as my family did!"

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    6 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place the sazon seasoning, black pepper and garlic powder into a large resealable plastic zipper bag, pour in the beer, and seal the bag. Smush the bag around with your fingers for a few seconds to mix the beer with the seasonings, and place the chicken thighs into the marinade. Reseal the bag, squeezing as much air out as possible, and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade, and reserve marinade. Grill chicken until no longer pink inside, the juices run clear, and the chicken has good grill marks, 5 to 8 minutes per side. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
  4. Pour the reserved marinade into a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and cook until the marinade is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Mix in the barbecue sauce, and slather over chicken to serve.
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  • Cook's Note
  • I used bone-in thighs. You can certainly use boneless to speed things along a bit quicker.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 24, 2011

This is for those of you, like Boater, who feel that reusing the marinade is dangerous due to raw chicken factor, in #4 of the directions, it says to 'Boil' the marinade. By boiling it, it Cooks the marinade making it Safe to add the bbq sauce to it to slather on the grilled cooked chicken. I would Never suggest other wise!! I hope this helps those in doubt. Enjoy with my blessing!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 24, 2011

All in all not bad i would suggest that noway would you reuse the marinate the raw chicken was in. I hope that was a mistake...i had to grill my chicken a little longer it was just ok and i may try again.

Apr 27, 2011

This is a winner, winner recipe. The only thing I would change is to use real minced garlic instead of garlic powder...and I would add alot more. The marinade, when boiled and reduced, cooks all the rawness of the chicken and makes it safe for consumption. When you add the BBQ sauce to the thickened marinade, it makes a glaze like sauce that just bumps up the already yummy grilled chicken to a whole different level. You can change the flavor of the sauce by changing the kind of BBQ sauce you use. I plan on using a spicy BBQ sauce next time, but any BBQ sauce will make it a winner dinner. I can always tell when dinner is a husband says it is good without me asking and goes for seconds. He thinks using Guiness beer next time is called for...I think any dark beer will work!!!!

Apr 24, 2011

I am happy to be the first to review this new recipe with a glowing reccomendation. I was staring at a package of BLSL chicken thighs, trying to be inventive when I happened on this recipe. I used homemade sazon seasoning because all I could find in the stores had MSG and I actually had achiote from the gift exchange, and my SIL's homemade version of Big Daddy's BBQ sauce. This was a hands down winner and will be made often this grilling season. Thanks Patty!

May 04, 2012

This was really good. I had to through them under the broiler because of it storming outside and it still turned out good. Can't wait until I can up them on the grill.

Jul 05, 2011

LOVED this and I LOVE the bright orange the sazon adds. The only BBQ sauce I use is Gates (Kansas City brand and the best around in my opinion) and it is orange-y too so that just made it extra special. I'll admit that I went lightly on the sauce during the grilling and I also used skinless thighs but only due to our preference. The end result was overall excellent flavor that did not overpower the chicken yet you could still gently pick up on the beer and bbq sauce flavor. Love it Patty Cakes and thank you for sharing!

May 22, 2011

Boozy Birdy ROCKS! This recipe will be served again & again all summer long :0)

Sep 13, 2012

Made this for supper tonight and it was fabulous. Follows the recipe exactly and scaled down the servings. Wish I hadn't. Would love more leftovers. Chicken was tender and sauce was great. This recipe rocks. Never had sazon before and wasn't sure I would like. In a word "awesome". Thanks for a great chicken recipe !!


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  • Calories
  • 388 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.6 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 32.3 g
  • 65%
  • Sodium
  • 1589 mg
  • 64%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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