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