This juicy cilantro lime beer can
chicken taste even better than
that store bought rotisserie
chickens and only takes a little
over an hour to cook.
Here I go again with the lime obsession. Almost everything tastes so much better with a little (or a lot ) of lime juice added. But I do love all things tangy.
I had never actually made a beer can chicken before. I know, I know I’m way behind. My dad has always raved about how good beer can chicken is. Says it always comes out nice and juicy so I thought it was time to give it a try, but with my special touch.
One chicken flavoring we love that comes pre marinated from the grocery store is cilantro lime chicken breast. Which I was shocked my husband actually enjoyed it because he’s not a fan of lime like me. So why not try this flavoring with beer can chicken.
One thing I love is beer with a hint of lime. Now-a-days many different beers come with a lime flavor. For this recipe you don’t necessarily have to use the brand I did, just pick any beer that has an added lime flavor.
I used a 5 pound chicken for this meal, which is plenty to serve 4 people. You just want to take out the insides from the bird, which in mine were wrapped up nicely so I didn’t even have to see what they actually looked like. I trashed mine, but I know some people save them and use them for other recipes.
I rinsed off the chicken real quick and patted the whole bird dry. You want to take your softened butter and add 1 TSP of the seasoning mixture and mix together. Then rub the butter mixture under the skin on the chicken directly on the bird on both sides.
Next take your chop cilantro and rub under the skin as well. Now it’s time for your lime slices. Fit as many slices as you can under the skin. Be careful not to rip the skin.
Now it’s time to flavor the skin. Take half of your olive oil and rub all over one side of the chicken and follow with the spices. Then repeat on the other side.
Time for the beer. Open the beer and pour out a few slips of it, or even better take a couple sips. I poked holes in the top of the beer can with a knife to give it extra ventilation. Place the beer can in the middle of your pan and carefully put the butt of the chicken over the can so the bird is standing up straight.
My bird sat up nicely. I’ve seen those special tools to help hold your chicken up over the can, but honestly I had no problems, but I was careful to not move the bird to fast.
Now it’s time to pop that bird in the oven. I cooked my chicken for an hour and 20 minutes and it came out perfect. If you have a meat thermometer you’ll want to test the thickest part of meat to 165 degrees. I recently broke my thermometer so I was a little nervous, but the hour and 20 minutes was just perfect.
I’m one of those closet chicken skin eaters. It has so much flavor and usually is so salty, which I love. I just tell myself it’s not healthy to eat so that I usually only eat a bite or two. But you want to talk about a tasty chicken skin? Well, that’s this one right here. It was so hard to just stop at a couple bites.
When it comes to removing the beer can from the chicken I just knocked the chicken over and pulled the can out with some tongs. Just remove the chicken quickly from the pan because the beer will start spilling out of the can.
Cilantro Lime Beer Can Chicken
- 1 5 lb whole chicken
- 1 can of lime flavored beer
- 3 limes
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 TBSP softened butter
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 1/2 TSP salt
- 1 TSP garlic powder
- 1/2 TSP chili powder
- 1/2 TSP paprika
- 1/4 TSP pepper
- 1/4 TSP cayenne pepper
- 1/4 TSP cumin
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and move rack to the third of the bottom row
- Take the insides out of the chicken and rise and pat dry with paper towels
- Mix all the seasonings together in a small bowl
- Add 1 TSP of seasoning mixture to softened butter and mix
- Rub the butter mixture on the chicken under the skin on both sides
- Next rub cilantro on chicken under the skin
- Slice the limes in circles and slide as many as you can under the skin
- Take half of the olive oil and rub on one side of the chicken skin, then rub with seasoning
- Repeat with the other side of the chicken
- Open the beer pour out a couple sips and punch extra holes in the top of the can with a knife and place the can in the middle of a baking pan
- Place the chicken over the beer can where the can is sitting up straight. Carefully place the chicken in the oven for a hour and 20 minutes
- When finished carefully pull the can out from the chicken and cut and serve