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Crock Pot Express Beer Can Chicken

Crock Pot Express beer can chicken is easy to make and fall off the bone delicious! You’ll never have to turn your oven on again after making this pressure cooker chicken recipe.

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Need more easy Crock Pot Express recipes, we’ve got you covered with this Crock Pot Express beer can chicken recipe!! If you’ve always made this on your barbecue you’ll be amazed at how fast it is to do it in your pressure cooker now. Seriously fall off the bone delicious whole chicken cooked in about 30 minutes, then you just crisp it up in your oven and dinner is ready! Props goes out to Crock Pot for sending us the newest Crock Pot Express pot so we could test out the differences and share our results with all of you.

Crockpot Express Whole Chicken

You may be here to cook a whole bird and it is a bit intimidating right about now. NO problem. You don’t even need an accessory inside or trivet to do this. Because this pressure cooker is on the taller side it fits right on top of a can to steam perfectly.

We have done something similar with our Instant Pot whole chicken recipe. Unfortunately that one is shorter and you can’t fit it sitting up like this one, bummer. That is what makes this version so much better. Do you have the New Crock Pot Express?? Let’s start with some help either way…….

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  1. First here are some resources that might help!
  2. You can grab a free Crock Pot Express cookbook here that will help you help you in your pressure cooking journey!
  3. Then print out these Crockpot Express cooking times for your reference.
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Beer Can Chicken Crockpot Express

Pressure cooker beer can chicken is quite simple really. There is only one really big difference from our older 6 qt. version.

  • There is now a manual pressure button so you can set exactly how many minutes you want it to pressure cooker your meal.
  • The other big difference is we got an 8 qt. version which is necessary to make a pressure cooker beer can chicken because of the height

We share here the older version and what the front panel / buttons looked like.

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Crockpot Express Recipe Chicken

It isn’t a necessity to use the manual pressure button but after using this multi cooker for quite some time now I am familiar with how long recipes take, so it is nice to be able to set the time and temp. this way as well. An alternative way is to push the poultry button which generally automatically sets for 25 minutes, high.

Why do you need the 8 qt. Crock Pot Express to make this beer can chicken?

  • A whole chicken set upon a 12 oz. beer can won’t allow the lid to close in a 6 qt. pot
    • Our chicken was 4.5 lbs., I wouldn’t recommend much more than that, if so you will need to adjust the timing
    • 12 oz. cans are the max height for this recipe, I tried a 16 oz. can and it wouldn’t close

Why we prefer a Crockpot Express whole chicken vs. using the oven:

  • In the summertime I am not about to turn on the oven
    • Using a pressure cooker won’t heat up your house like an oven does
  • It cuts the cook time dramatically
    • Oven typically took 1.5 hrs., this takes about 30 minutes
  • Whole chickens cooked in a pressure cooker come out extremely moist
    • Like fall off the bone you can barely get it out of the pot in one piece fall off the bone chicken
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How to make Crock Pot Express beer can chicken

  •  8 qt. Crock Pot Express – necessary size
  • Whole chicken – keep it to about 4.5 lbs.
  • 12 oz. can of beer – It doesn’t matter what brand. You really could use a soda if you were really opposed to using beer
  • Seasonings
    • We used minced garlic, seasoned salt and garlic salt
  • Baking pan – if you want to put it under the broiler later to crisp up the skin

Here’s the printable directions to follow:

pressure cooker beer can chicken

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Crock Pot Express Beer Can Chicken

This Crock Pot Express beer can chicken is delicious and a great new way to cook a whole chicken in your pressure cooker, try this today!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beer can chicken, crock pot express, crockpot express
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 46kcal
Author The Typical Dad


  • 1 4.5 lb chicken
  • 1 can beer 12 oz
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt or other seasonings you like using on the outside of a whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • ** Note, you must use an 8 qt. Crockpot Express for this or the chicken won’t fit. Wash chicken and take out bag inside neck, if there is one.
  • Pour 3/4 c of beer from can into bottom of Crock Pot Express pot.
  • Put open beer can in the middle of the pot, open end facing up.
  • Rub olive oil on outside of chicken, sprinkle seasoning on outside skin of chicken (all around).
  • Place chicken on top of beer can and gently push down so can is inserted as far as it will go into the cavity of the chicken (or else top will not close).
  • Close lid and steam valve and push pressure adjust/or manual pressure button, high, for 25 minutes.
  • Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release rest of pressure.
  • Will fall off the bone. Serve now or put under broiler in oven for about 5 min to crisp the skin, then serve.
Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Express Beer Can Chicken
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 46 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 583mg25%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Calcium 2mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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