I have a sweet friend named Gaby, and for some time now she has wanted to try some of my cooking but never had the opportunity, so I finally invited her over for supper. This girl is such an enthusiastic soul that I made it my mission to make something tasty but slightly less conventional. So, a beer-can chicken was my favourite option.

If you are a Jamie Oliver fan then you’ve surely heard of his beer-can chicken. His style of recipe interested me the most only because of how beautiful the colours complimented each other in the end. What he did differently was brush some BBQ sauce for the last few minutes of baking the chicken, then garnished it with green onions and fragrant, red chilli peppers. The colours, as you can see are beautiful.


(Optional) thaw your whole chicken in hot water and add ¼ cup of salt, this is called brining your meat. This technique helps your meat absorb more water and salt that will result in a juicier and overall tastier dish. Once you’re ready to work on your chicken, preheat your oven 400ºF. Pat your chicken dry before adding on the dry rub, and in a bowl add paprika, freshly ground black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, dried red chilli seeds and coriander, then mix. Once your mixture is combined start massaging it onto your chicken.

I then set the chicken aside and crushed two garlic cloves  with my knife blade and add them into ¼ full/empty? beer can. I then also decided to take a bit of fresh ginger and add into the beer as well (optional). I then set the beer can in the middle of my baking tray and carefully added the chicken onto the beer can.

I then began to cube carrots and potatoes and set them around the chicken, drizzle them with olive oil and season them with your choice of herbs or spices (I simply used dried oregano). The juices from the chicken should season them plenty.

Place in the preheated oven for one hour and thirty minutes. Take the chicken out just fifteen minutes before the timer’s up and brush with BBQ sauce then put it back in for the remainder time.

Take the chicken out and garnish with green onions and thai chilli peppers, I also used cilantro because, what is life without cilantro?

It might take two people to hold the chicken and remove the beer can (in our case, it took three people… it’s haaat!)


1 – Whole Chicken

2 – Tablespoons Paprika

1 – Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 – Teaspoon of Dried Chilli Peppers

1 – Teaspoon Cumin Powder

1 – Teaspoon Coriander Seeds

1 – Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Pepper

1 – Teaspoon of Sea Salt

*Disclaimer: Make sure to drink ¾ of the beer before inserting up the chicken!*

Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

Rand Hantoosh

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