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White platter of carved Oven Beer Can Chicken next to glass of beer
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Oven Beer Can Chicken

This Oven Beer Can Chicken is such an easy way to roast a chicken with mouthwatering results! No grill is needed for this recipe that results in the perfect combination of juicy chicken & crispy skin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer can chicken, easy roasted chicken, oven beer can chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Ashley Leonard


  • 4-5 # whole chicken giblets removed
  • 2 tbsp. butter softened
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 12 oz. beer a light lager


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, mix together all spices. Add a tablespoon of spice mixture to softened butter. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Rub chicken with seasoned butter under the skin.
  • Season entire chicken with the rest of the spice mixture, including the cavity.
  • Pour out (or drink) about a ⅓ of the beer. Stand can with remaining beer up in center of the skillet. Carefully place whole chicken on top of the beer can so it looks like it's sitting on it's legs.
  • Place chicken in the oven and roast 70-80 minutes until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees. *
  • Remove pan from oven and allow chicken to rest 10 minutes before carving.

Helpful Equipment & Ingredient Links

Cast Iron Skillet
Cutting Boards


* Food safety requires poultry be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees to kill any bacteria. Having the thickest part of the thigh reach 180 degrees ensures the meat is tender and the connective tissue has a chance to break down.