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Grilled Herb Chicken on a Can

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 6
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The secret to perfectly tender and exceptionally juicy chicken is balancing a bird on a beer can. Don’t worry; it's easier than it looks!
Created Apr 21, 2014
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  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) paprika
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (4 to 4 1/2 lb/2 to 2.25 kg)
  • 1 can (351 mL) regular or nonalcholic beer


  • 1
    If using charcoal grill, place drip pan directly under grilling area, and arrange coals around edge of firebox. Heat coals or gas grill for indirect heat. In small bowl, mix paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.
  • 2
    Fold wings of chicken across back with tips touching. Sprinkle paprika mixture inside cavity and over outside of chicken; rub with fingers.
  • 3
    Pour 1/2 cup of beer from can. Hold chicken upright, with opening of body cavity down; insert beer can into cavity. Insert barbecue meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone.
  • 4
    Cover and grill chicken upright over drip pan or over unheated side of gas grill over medium heat 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until thermometer reads 180°F and juice is no longer pink when center of thigh is cut.
  • 5
    Using tongs, carefully lift chicken and place in 13x9-inch pan, holding large metal spatula under beer can for support. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Remove beer can; discard.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Use a can of lemon-lime soda pop or gingerale instead of the beer. The flavour will be slightly different, but the chicken will be tender and juicy.

Nutrition Information

320 Calories, 18g Total Fat, 35g Protein, 4g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6 servings
Total Fat
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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