Beer Marinated Grilled Chicken

by Heather on May 21, 2012

Did you guys know that it’s summertime?  And that things like grilling are sooooooo in right now?  Grilling is the little black dress of summer.


To me, though, grilling is so much more than just food.  It’s an experience that encompasses all of the senses.  You obviously have taste – I mean, we are grilling food after all.  But the smell of the grill heating up, the heat from the coals or grate, and the site of the heat in the summer sunshine – those are all pretty big indicators of fun and big flavor to come.


Plus, like, the chicken is really totally awesome.  Make it now :)


  • 2 whole chicken legs and thighs, skin on
  • 1 can beer of choice (we used Bud Light Lime since it was in the fridge)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Lay the chicken thighs in a large baking dish and cover with beer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then drizzle with olive oil.  Marinate in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours, turning once halfway through.  To cook heat a grill to about 400 and rub the grate down with a bit of oil.  Lay the chicken skin-side-down on the hot grill.  Cook the chicken for around 30 minutes, turning every 7-10 minutes until the juices run clear.  Serve with a side salad, grilled corn, or a big hunk of watermelon!

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1 BECKY May 21, 2012

Grilling is my happiness because my husband and I batch cook our proteins for the week – so we whip out the grill and grill up a huge flank steak and some chicken and have healthy meals all week long. Even during our recent kitchen renovation, eating in was NO problem. Love the grill!


2 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 21, 2012

Gorgeous! I love that charred crust!


3 Devon @ the food bitch blog May 21, 2012

Beer chicken is the best. I love that you used Bud Light Lime!


4 Antonia @ healthinspirations May 21, 2012

I love grilling because of the fact that the sun shines when we BBQ, well mostly. We have grilled in the rain before, but I prefer the sun. Also, it’s the only time my brother and dad “cook” and I have pleasure in seeing men working for once, especially since in our household it seems to be the women who do all the work ;)
Those potatoes look awesome too!


5 Jaime D. May 21, 2012

I love grilling because you get to be outside while you are cooking! The grill is a great gathering place when you have guests over as well. :)


6 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 21, 2012

I love to grill because it’s fast and easy! The chicken look delightful!


7 Shari May 21, 2012

Love to grill in the summer – it helps to keep the house cooler because I am not using the stove/oven.


8 Leah May 21, 2012

My husband is the ultimate Grill Master! His steaks, chicken, corn, and other veggies are something I dream about! The best thing about grilling to me is how proud he is when he grills us a fantastic meal!


9 Katie D. May 21, 2012

I love grilling because it gets my hubby involved in the food prep!


10 Nicole, RD May 21, 2012

Other than straight out of the can, this has to be the next best way to use beer! YUM!


11 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 21, 2012

Heather, this chicken looks crazy good! Love your simple marinade too. Another good one is frozen orange juice concentrate, soy sauce and olive oil – try it sometime! Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!


12 Julie J May 21, 2012

I love to grill and be outside rather than inside around a hot stove/oven when it’s hot hot hot outside!


13 Kari May 21, 2012

My husband is in charge of the grill which means that we make dinner together. I get everything ready and he grills. I love cooking as a family!


14 Patty E. May 21, 2012

My favorite thing about grilling is the time spent outdoors with friends and family while waiting for the grill to get hot and during bbq time. I’m also with you, I enjoy the smells of the grill and the taste of the food.


15 Kim in MD May 22, 2012

I actually love to grill, and my husband and I grill year ’round, except if the snow is too deep to get to the grill! My husband’s title is The Grillmaster, but when he is coming home late or out of town I grill without him! In fact, everything he knows about grilling he learned from me! ;-) I’m the one who reads food blogs and scours the internet for recipes all day! I’ve made beer can chicken before, but never thought to marinate the chicken in the beer. This recipe looks so delicious, and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the great recipe, Heather!


16 Andrea May 22, 2012

Gah- how do you make chicken look so beautiful? And cooked in beer? Duh. Can’t wait to try this one out… we should be buying a grill this summer for sure!!


17 Melissa May 22, 2012

I love grilling because my husband does it and it gives me a night off of cooking!:)


18 bbqbill May 22, 2012

I’m a sucker for crispy skin… and the BEER!! Looks great!


19 Julie May 23, 2012

we have so much fun when we get together with family and friends for a cookout….plus us wives don’t have to worry about cooking…especially in a hot kitchen


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