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April 20, 2017

Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a regular weeknight dinner with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Slather a whole chicken with homemade spicy Chipotle Lime Butter, then roast atop a beer can for additional flavor and moisture. When done, rest the golden brown chicken, then slice and serve. Moist and flavorful, this whole chicken pairs perfectly with a favorite beer, rice, guacamole and more! Let’s make Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken tonight!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a weeknight meal with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Moist and flavorful, this chicken pairs perfectly with TexMex flavors! #TexMex #recipe #chicken

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I have a confession for y’all this morning, and it’s a little shocking…

I don’t like roasting whole birds.

There, I said it.

While I’ve never had issues with raw meat the way some of my friends have… roasting a whole bird takes time, patience and love.

And yeah, the skin kind of freaked me out the first time I did it, but I view it as a mind-over-matter type deal.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a weeknight meal with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Moist and flavorful, this chicken pairs perfectly with TexMex flavors! #TexMex #recipe #chicken

Contrary what I’ve probably led you to believe, I’m not a Susie Homemaker who enjoys being in the kitchen all day and night. And I certainly don’t roast a whole bird weekly, let alone nightly, even though I’m sure my husband and our daughter would adore it.

Our weeknight meals are of the faster variety because my other time spent in the kitchen is developing fun, tasty recipes for TSP.

And while there’s some crossover, I can’t bring myself to serve my family cocktails or desserts for dinner.

😉

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a weeknight meal with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Moist and flavorful, this chicken pairs perfectly with TexMex flavors! #TexMex #recipe #chicken

However, today, we’ve got that crossover.

And if there was a way for me to slather all the things in this delightful chipotle lime butter, I totally would.

Heck, it’s even worth roasting a whole bird because the final product is wonderfully flavorful, a little spicy and perfect for the family, whether it’s a weeknight dinner or you’re making the main dish for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a weeknight meal with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Moist and flavorful, this chicken pairs perfectly with TexMex flavors! #TexMex #recipe #chicken

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Now who’s ready for some CHICKEN?

This recipe is a little bit of a labor of love, but it’s utterly delicious, too.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a weeknight meal with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Moist and flavorful, this chicken pairs perfectly with TexMex flavors! #TexMex #recipe #chicken

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a weeknight meal with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Moist and flavorful, this chicken pairs perfectly with TexMex flavors! #TexMex #recipe #chicken
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Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or a regular weeknight dinner with Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken! Slather a whole chicken with homemade spicy Chipotle Lime Butter, then roast atop a beer can for additional flavor and moisture. When done, rest the golden brown chicken, then slice and serve. Moist and flavorful, this whole chicken pairs perfectly with a favorite beer, rice, guacamole and more! Let's make Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken tonight!

Course Entree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Chipotle Lime Butter

  • 3 chipotles en adobo finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Chipotle Lime Spicy Beer Can Chicken

  • 4-5 lb. whole chicken patted dry
  • 12 oz. Mexican beer (any drinkable beer will do here!)
  • 1 lime halved

Instructions

Prepare the Chipotle Lime Butter

  1. In a glass bowl or the basin of a food processor, combine the chipotles en adobo, the adobo sauce, the lime juice, garlic powder, kosher salt and black pepper. Mix/blend until smooth.

  2. (If you don’t mind biting into some of the chipotle pieces while eating, chop and mix the butter by hand. If you’d rather it all be blended together, toss it in the food processor. Either way works!)

  3. Fold in the softened butter, stirring until everything is incorporated, then set aside.

Prepare the Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. 

  2. Pour ¼ of the beer into the bottom of a high-rimmed baking dish or roasting pan (without the rack.)

  3. Carefully lift the skin of the chicken, and rub the chipotle lime butter all over the breasts beneath it. Push the butter as far beneath the skin as you can.

  4. Once the butter is beneath the skin of the chicken, slather the remaining butter on the outside of the chicken, tucking its wings in as best you can so they cook evenly.

  5. Gently place the chicken on top of the can of beer, and slide it down so the chicken fits snugly on top of the can of beer.

  6. Slice a lime in half and maneuver both halves into the top cavity of the chicken.

  7. Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  8. When finished, the chicken should be golden brown. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature is 165°F.

  9. If the temperature is correct, carefully remove the pan from the oven and transfer to a safe surface. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil. Let it rest undisturbed for 20 minutes. (Now would be a perfect time to make your side dishes or put the finishing touches on them!)

  10. Once the chicken has rested, carefully lift it off of the beer can (which will still be hot!) using a pair or two of kitchen tongs.

  11. Discard the beer can, then slice and serve the chicken.

How do you feel about roasting whole birds?

10 Comments

  1. Julia Mueller

    Oh my gaaaawsh! For someone who doesn’t like roasting whole chickens, you did a dang fine job, m’dear!! This post has my mouth watering like crazy! I’m thinking I need to fashion up this beer can chicken for dinner!

  2. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    First of all, it’s hard to make a bird with a can stuffed up its butt look good, but you do it so well! Second, I NEED to make this for dinner – the chipotle lime flavor with beer has my mouth watering.

  3. Jen

    I have always wanted to try the beer can chicken method after trying it at a restaurant in Napa this past summer. So glad I came across your recipe. Chipotle and lime and 2 of my favorites, especially for summer!!

  4. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Well this bird looks scrumptious! I’m with you – never one to roast a whole bird! But this makes me want to try – yum!

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    We’ve made plain beer can chicken and enjoyed it. I love that you spiced it up! Great flavor!

  6. Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    I’ve been a huge fan of beer can chicken for a while now, but this new twist is sure to be my new favorite way to make it!!

  7. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    This makes me wonder why I have NEVER made beer can chicken!!

  8. Jenni

    This is absolutely amazing!! I will definitely try it this weekend!

  9. Joanna

    5 Stars to the recipe. This is so yum, delicious and healthy. Love to add dry fruits in my chicken recipe to add more taste to it!

  10. Lauren @ Hall Nesting

    Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays!! I’d love to add this to the menu

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