Chicken in Beer

Recipe by Sooz Cooks
READY IN: 1hr 40mins


  • 1
    (3 lb) chicken, quartered
  • 4
    ounces butter
  • oil
  • 4
    shallots, finely chopped
  • 7
    ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 12
    ounces lager beer (not Budweiser!) or 12 ounces premium beer (not Budweiser!)
  • 1
    ounce gin
  • salt and pepper
  • 10
    ounces single cream
  • 2
    tablespoons Guinness stout
  • fresh parsley (finely chopped)


  • Sauté the chicken pieces in 2 oz of butter and a little oil.
  • Add the shallots and the mushrooms and continue to cook.
  • When they are well browned, pour over the beer and the gin, season with salt and pepper and simmer on a gentle heat for about an hour, or until the chicken is tender.
  • Shortly before serving, arrange the chicken pieces in separate a deep dish and keep hot.
  • On a high heat, reduce the sauce by about half, then add the cream to thicken sauce, with the rest of the butter, whisking all the while.
  • Whisk in the Guinness (it really makes a lot of difference), then pour back over the chicken and sprinkle the parsley.
  • Serve with fresh pasta (I use shells, as they hold the sauce).