Oven Roast Chicken on a Can

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs

My husband and I love beer-can chicken on the grill, but it was raining the other night so I decided to do it in the oven. I love it when chicken is just falling apart like this. It was so tender it really didn't even need the delicious gravy I made to go with it. It's hard to not utilize those good pan juices, anyway.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (2 lb) chicken, washed and patted dry
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer or 1 (12 ounce) can water
  • 1 -2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 -2 tablespoon cavender all purpose Greek seasoning (or Nature's Own or any seasoning of your choice, nothing too coarse, though)
  • 8 -10 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 -3 cups water


  1. Adjust the racks in your oven to accomodate the upright chicken.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400degrees.
  3. Trim any excess fat off of the chicken and tuck the wings back.
  4. Center the opened can of beer in a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet.
  5. Place the quartered lemon wedges inside the chicken and then place the chicken on the can.
  6. Rub with the olive oil.
  7. Jam the cloves of garlic down into the neck cavity and some down in between the breast meat and skin.
  8. Sprinkle your seasoning of choice all over the chicken.
  9. Place your chicken in the oven and roast until it starts to turn brown (about 45 minutes).
  10. Baste chicken and pour enough water in skillet to reach 1/2-3/4 inches.
  11. Decrease temperature to 300 degrees.
  12. Roast an additional hour or so.
  13. Crank the heat back up to 400 degrees and cook 20-30 minutes longer.
  14. Remove from oven and carefully remove chicken off can onto a platter and let rest for awhile as you prepare the gravy.
  15. Discard can.
  16. Lemons will have fallen out into juices and mash them with a wooden spoon to release their juices, then discard them.
  17. Pour the pan juices into a measuring cup, and skim off as much grease as possible.
  18. (I used a turkey baster to suck the fat off the top).
  19. Put the skillet over medium heat and add the flour, stirring a minute or so.
  20. Slowly whisk in the pan juices, plus additional water.
  21. Heat til bubbly and pour over carved chicken.
  22. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Came out moist with crispy skin, as promised. I would definitely make this again. The directions were spot on.

LadyLaura February 02, 2012

i'm so sad--hubby dumped out drippings while i was gone so i didn't get to make the gravy. but this was good w/the rub from Tortured Chicken - Beer Can. my chicken was done (maybe even a little overdone at 190 degrees F) after 90 mins., so i'm not sure what the last step is supposed to do (where you bring it back up to 400 degrees for 20-30 mins), but i would think that it would've dried it out, wouldn't it? will someone try it and let us know?

jimnyo January 09, 2010