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Beer Can Chicken in Oven

How to cook beer can chicken in oven on a sheet pan is here. Baked whole chicken roasted on top of a beer can to a golden brown perfectly. A cheap protein packed family friendly meal everyone will love whether they are dark meat or breast fans.

beer can chicken in oven

Beer can roasted chicken is easy to do for dinner. Using a can of Bud Light or dark larger like Guiness gives your bird a ton of flavor steaming the inside of the cavity to juicy and fork tender. Add a dry spice rub for added wow. (affiliate links present)

Beer Can Chicken Recipe Oven

I mean this is kinda’ like a Stuffed Whole Chicken in a sense except that you aren’t adding veggies or stuffing into the cavity, rather steaming with your favorite lager. Sitting upright baked with crispy skin it comes out like rotisserie style except even better!

Cooking chicken on top of a beer can has been done for years and years, but on the grill. Recently there have been other methods you can make indoors like this and our popular Pressure Cooker Beer Can Chicken. All are great but if you want super crispy skin this is incredible.

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Beer Can Chicken Oven

As far as the pan is concerned, you just need something that has high sides so it will catch the juices, or you will have a real mess on your hands. A casserole dish works, large sheet pan that is higher (Wilton has one) or could make as a Dutch Oven Whole Chicken since those are quite deep and I love cast iron.

  • 1 whole chicken smaller side – 4 lbs was used
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Granulated garlic
  • 1/3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 can of beer

This is similar to our Bundt Pan Whole Chicken where we place the bird on top of the middle of that fluted pan so it can stand up in a sense and brown all the way around. With that one you can add vegetables all around it. You could do the same inside your flat pan too if they are cut into large bite size pieces.

If you want a great duo using the same liquid I would make our Fried Beer Battered Shrimp with this one. Lightly battered it is a fun finger food.

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Beer Can Chicken in the Oven

How Long to Cook a Whole Chicken in the oven is a little over an hour, depending on the temperature you’re using. Timing will vary depending on how large it is. Ours was 4 pounds, much larger may topple over or be too tall.

If you want to go all the way you can follow our Whole Chicken Brine and soak for a few hours or up to overnight in the fridge for even more flavor and moisture.

  • Preheat the oven to 380F. Mix olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl.
  • Remove bag inside cavity if there is one, discard.
  • Use paper towels to blot the bird dry on the outside.
  • Spread the chicken with olive oil, salt and spices on all sides, as well as on the inside.
  • Open a can of beer. Pour a third of the beer into a large baking dish or sheet pan with high sides as there will be a lot of juices. Place the chicken open cavity on top of the beer can and place it in the middle of the pan, trying to make it as stable as possible. Wrap in foil to prevent the top of the chicken from burning. Bake for 50 minutes.
  • After 50 minutes, remove the foil and bake the chicken for another 20 minutes.
    • To check readiness, you can pierce the chicken in the thickest part of the thigh – transparent fat should flow out.
    • If the fat is pink, then increase the baking time by another 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the beer can. If the chicken is stuck to the can, you can gently tip the chicken and let the remaining beer drain out before removing the empty can. Keep in mind that she is very hot
  • Set on a cutting board and allow to rest for a good 5 -10 minutes before slicing to maintain juices inside bird.

Oven Beer Can Chicken

If you don’t have the time to make the ultimate Smoked Beer Can Chicken, this is a close second as far as how delicious it is. Try it and jump to recipe card below for directions.

beer can chicken recipe oven
beer can chicken recipe in the oven

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Beer Can Chicken in Oven

How to cook beer can chicken in oven on a sheet pan is here. Whole chicken baked and roasted on top of a beer can to a golden brown perfectly.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, beer can chicken, roasted, sheet pan, whole chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 121kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

  • 1 sheet pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 380F. Mix olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl. Remove bag inside cavity if there is one, discard. Use paper towels to blot the bird dry on the outside. Spread the chicken with olive oil, salt and spices on all sides, as well as on the inside.
  • Open a can of beer. Pour a third of the beer into a large baking dish or sheet pan with high sides as there will be a lot of juices. Place the chicken open cavity on top of the beer can and place it in the middle of the pan, trying to make it as stable as possible. Wrap in foil to prevent the top of the chicken from burning. Bake for 50 minutes.
  • After 50 minutes, remove the foil and bake the chicken for another 20 minutes. To check readiness, you can pierce the chicken in the thickest part of the thigh – transparent fat should flow out. If the fat is pink, then increase the baking time by another 10-15 minutes or until insides reach 165 degrees.
  • Carefully remove the chicken from the beer can. If the chicken is stuck to the can, you can gently tip the chicken and let the remaining beer drain out before removing the empty can. Keep in mind that she is very hot
  • Set on a cutting board and allow to rest for a good 5 -10 minutes before slicing to maintain juices inside bird.
Nutrition Facts
Beer Can Chicken in Oven
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 0.1mg0%
Sodium 701mg30%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 0.3g1%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)
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Rebecca

Thursday 2nd of May 2024

Does it have to be a beer can?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 2nd of May 2024

no I have used our Traeger chicken stand for this too.

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