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Irish Beer Chicken

To finish out beer month as much as I wanted to create a good ol’ Southern fried chicken dish and somehow use the beer I thought lets try to go a little healthier. All I was craving this weekend was chicken, vegetables and biscuits. And that is what I got! John is not the biggest chicken fan. He craves red meat and all the wild game we have in our freezer. But after eating this dish, he said not only should this go in our normal dinner rotation but it might be one of his new favorites. So you know it has to be good! The last beer I used for this month was actually a pick from the store Vine & Table that I like to get some of my drinks and cheeses from (other than Goose). I used Baby Tree from Pretty Things – it’s a Springtime beer that is not too heavy. The best part about this dish is it would be great with a stout or even a lighter beer if you don’t want a strong beer presence- the sky is your limit to create this dish with whatever flavors you desire! Enjoy!

Irish Chicken

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Irish Beer Chicken


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound chicken thighs - about 4 pieces
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnips peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  • Heat oil in large pot. Add onion and garlic - cook for 4 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to small bowl.
  • Place chicken in pot in single layer. Cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Add onion and garlic mixture, carrots, parsnips, thyme, and salt to pot. Pour beer over chicken and vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms and peas to skillet. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover pot and increase heat to medium. Cook for 10 more minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.
  • Option 1 - serve chicken as is with vegetables. Or Option 2 - remove chicken from bones and cut into small pieces and serve with vegetables and Parmesan Chive biscuits.
  • Garnish dish with fresh parsley.



Irish Chicken2

Served with Parmesan Chive Biscuits



Beer Month & Foodie Pen Pals

Monday 26th of August 2013

[…] Harp, Magic Hat, Baby Tree, Blue Moon, Ranger, and Murphy’s…only a few to get this party […]


Thursday 1st of August 2013

We used Blue Moon beer and I left the thyme out of the recipe. It was yummy!

Parmesan Chive Biscuits

Tuesday 25th of June 2013

[...] I usually don’t need to make breakfast. But this past week to finish up Beer Month I cooked Irish Beer Chicken. As I was letting the chicken cook I thought this would actually be a perfect pairing with some [...]

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Tuesday 7th of May 2013

[...] Irish Beer Chicken with Parmesan Chive Biscuits [...]


Monday 29th of April 2013

Yum, this sounds delightful and comforting. Well done!

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