Greek-Style Beer Can Chicken

Greek-Style Beer Can Chicken
Greek-Style Beer Can Chicken. Getty Images
  • 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1041
Total Fat 60 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Unsaturated Fat 27 g
Cholesterol 321 mg
Sodium 889 mg
Carbohydrates 13 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 103 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)