Roasted Chicken, With Beer Baste!

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins


  • chicken, and baste-
  • 1
    whole chicken, Uncooked
  • 250
    ml beer (Any brand, but an Ale is best)
  • 500
    ml chicken stock
  • 3
    tablespoons olive oil or 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3
    garlic cloves (or more if you love it like me!)
  • 2 -3
    sprigs rosemary, Sage and Thyme, Fresh is best
  • 1
    teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 4 -8
    slices bread (Any is fine, once I even used stale cheese rolls!)
  • 50
  • 2 -3
    sprigs rosemary, Sage and Thyme (Fresh again, but not as big a deal with the stuffing)
  • 1
    teaspoon salt and pepper


  • Defrost and remove giblets from Chicken (if they're still inside). Take a sharp knife and punch holes into the flesh across the Chicken, both sides breast, wings and thighs to allow the basting to penetrate the Chicken.( At this point I tend to stuff small slivers of garlic into some of the holes to make sure the garlic flavour bakes right into the chicken.).
  • To prepare the baste, first add the beer and allow the foam to settle. Add the Chicken stock, followed by oil or butter and finally adding the Garlic and herbs. You can finely chop the garlic if you like, but its more than acceptable just to smash it with the side of your knife and pop it into the baste, the flavour will be the same. Set aside.
  • Cut or blend the bread slices into small chunks, remove crusts if you perfer. Dice onion and add with chopped herbs. melt butter completely and add to mixture. Taste and season to your liking with salt and pepper. (If you use salted butter, it wont need as much salt.) Squish together using your hands to mix the butter into the bread. It should stick together relatively well, not being too wet but not too dry or crumbly. Stuff into the chicken until it is slightly sticking out of the Chicken.
  • Now that the Chicken is stuffed place in a Roasting dish and pour a small amount of the basting over the raw chicken. Start with the underside, and then flip it over so the breast is on top so that it will recieve the most baste.
  • Cook as per instructions on the Chicken packet, adding more baste as the chicken cooks, or every 10 minutes until you have run out of baste mixture.
  • Remove from oven. Place the chicken on a serving plate and cover. The remaining baste can be used to make a gravy by adding cornflour, or you can simply make a jus by boiling the baste down and sieveing the chunky ingredients out.