Greek-Style Beer Can Chicken

Greek-Style Beer Can Chicken
Greek-Style Beer Can Chicken. Getty Images
  • Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1041 Calories
60g Fat
13g Carbs
103g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1041
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 78%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 321mg 107%
Sodium 889mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 103g
Calcium 148mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love that lemon and oregano flavor of Greek food, then this beer can chicken recipe is sure to become a fast favorite. You can serve with grilled potatoes, vegetable kebabs, or a simple green salad.


  • 1 whole chicken (4-5 pounds/1.8-2.3 kg)
  • 1 12-ounce/350 mL can beer
  • For the Rub:
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.5 mL salt (use less if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL black pepper

Steps to Make It

1. Combine fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon juice in a small bowl. It will look more like a paste than a rub.

2. Wash and remove excess fat, giblets, and the neck from chicken. Pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Set onto a large cutting board.

3.Apply half of the rub onto chicken and inside cavity. Make sure to get under the breast skin as well.

4. Open can of beer and discard half of it. Place remaining seasoning rub into the can. Make sure to pierce two more holes on the top of beer can.

5. Preheat grill.

6. Place chicken on top of can, making sure that it is well balanced.  Place bird onto the grill balanced by the beer can. Grill over indirect medium heat for 2 hours, or until internal temperature of thigh is 180 degrees F/82 degrees C.

7. Once cooked, use heat resistant gloved to remove chicken from grill. Let sit (with beer can still intact), for 10 minutes before carving. Gently remove beer can and discard.  Slice and serve chicken with your favorite side dishes.

8. If you want to cook more than one bird, simply double the ingredient recipe and follow the instructions as listed above.

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