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Tipsy Chicken Recipe

Tipsy Chicken

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"This recipe is a completely redesigned recipe from Beer Can Chicken, sometimes called Drunken Chicken. Beer Can Chicken is used with whole chicken and the beer adds a wonderful flavour, but not a beer flavour. It's hard to describe, but beer seems to enhance the flavor of the spices, and help the other spices permeate deep into the chicken. The alcohol is cooked out, so no worries about intoxication. The problem with Beer Can Chicken is that you can't use it with chicken pieces, only whole chicken; this recipe can be used for chicken pieces. Works well broiled or baked too!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Combine brine ingredients - water, beer, 1/8 cup salt, garlic powder, and onion powder - in a large container, one that is large enough to hold the brine and the chicken. Soak whole chicken in brine for 1 hour.
  2. Soak wood chips in water for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill for indirect cooking method. Place wood chips over coals when ready to cook.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cumin, curry, chili powder, pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Rub chicken inside and out with spice mixture.
  5. Place chicken on grill, breast side down. Close lid, and cook for 30 minutes. Turn over, and cook for an additional 25 minutes, or until juices run clear and temperature is 185 degrees in the thickest part of the chicken. Keep the lid closed while cooking for even cooking, and to get more of that smoky flavor.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

This recipe was faster than the time shown. I simply added the chicken to the brine for an hour and spiced it up and then placed it on the grill! The depth of flavor was incredible and I was able to make it with boneless, skinless chicken breasts without the breasts coming out dry!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 24, 2011

Loved the brine, made the chicken very juicy. I halved the recipe and used it on breasts. Next time I would use a different seasoning, too much curry for my husband and me.


26 Ratings

Apr 15, 2007

Chicken has great flavor & very tender. I cooked it in the oven, so I also added liquid smoke & 1/3 cup olive oil to seasonings. Thanks for a great recipe!

Mar 07, 2011

this chicken was so wonderful! being winter in PA i did not have the option to cook it on the grill, so i improvised with the slow cooker and the chicken was so tender it was completely falling off the bone. i just rubbed the chicken with the spices and put the brine ingredients into the bottom of the crock pot. i also added some whole red potatoes which had amazing flavor and were perfectly cooked at the end of 8 hours on low. great dish!

Jan 25, 2004

My husband and I love this recipe - we soaked it in the brine for an hour as recommended and covered it with seasonings. We had excess seasoning so we added the rest of a bottle of beer and basted the bird several times while cooking. The breast of the chicken was SOOOO tender and it cooked all the way through. I even had to use a 4 pound bird - all I could find - and it was done in the time specified in the recipe. Definitely something I'll do again. I picked off the rest of the chicken and will use on nachos! Thanks for the recipe.

Nov 23, 2010

I made this in the oven w skinless/boneless breasts adding a touch of olive oil as someone else suggested. Baked it in a covered dish w a bit of the brine(which wasn't necessary but gave a lovely marinade for another dish") ). I didn't have any liquid smoke so I added a tsp of Chipotle Chili Powder for it's smoky flavor. My husband RAVED about this recipe and what's more he went back into the kitchen to serve himself every bit of what was left! Thanks!

Jun 22, 2009

This was wonderful! I left the chicken in the brine for two days because things kept coming up and I just didn't have time to grill. My hubby was pleasantly surprised and really loved the flavor and juicy, tenderness. I will definitely do this again.

Jan 25, 2004

I used the spices in this recipe to season a standard beer-butt chicken. My entire family raved about this.


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  • Calories
  • 415 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 128 mg
  • 43%
  • Fat
  • 26.6 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 32.9 g
  • 66%
  • Sodium
  • 2186 mg
  • 87%

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

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