Beer Braised Chicken

Yo, yo, yo foodies! It’s Tuesday and I’m pumped for some reason. I think the energy is coming from the MiO Energy Liquid Water. I have wanted to try it since they were introduced to the market last year. Nick bought me one yesterday.  I chose the black cherry energy one. What the heck was I thinking? Obviously I had to try it last night, so I had a hard time falling asleep. I really think there is a miracle energy solution in my small MiO bottle.

I cannot wait to try different flavors.

However, they are just so expensive.

Why Kraft Foods do you have to make such a small container so costly?

There are three additional flavors that I must try.

That means I may have to pay an additional $10 for flavored water.

Anyway, I feel wide-awake and there is no other explanation but my new magical liquid water flavor.

Anyway, this weekend I had grand hopes of staying in bed and sleeping all day. It never happens because I cannot stay in bed past 7a.m. And even then I'm wide awake laying there. I'm usually up at about 5 a.m. I just don't think it's okay to get out of bed then. So I sometimes force myself to stay in bed until a more reasonable time. I'm such a dork. Instead, we ended up watching a bunch of television, looking for houses and just enjoying simple moments with each other.

It was blissful.

We came across a recipe for Beer Braised Chicken, during our relaxing weekend, that we both wanted to try. I was slightly apprehensive because I do not drink beer. Hell, I don’t drink much of anything at any time. 

Well, I decided to give the recipe a try last night and it was a complete hit. I was a cooking machine last night; the funny part about that is when I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen for long periods of time I tend not to like the final product. So last night I was extremely concerned that I would not enjoy any of the food.

I was wrong.

This chicken was absolutely DELICIOUS.

Nutritional Information:
Servings: about 8
Serving Size: 4 ounces
Calories: 226.9
Fat: 5.4 g
Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
Fiber: 0
Protein: 37.7 g
Points+: 5

Here is what you will need:

Recipe Adapted from Claire Robinson

  • 3 slices thick cut bacon
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, sliced very thin
  • 1 bottle Samuel Adams Black Lager {or some other dark beer}
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until very crispy
  • Remove back to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Crumble & allow to cool
  • Scrape all of the bacon drippings into a nice large ovenproof saucepan
  • Pat the chicken dry and season on all sides with salt and pepper
  • Sear the chicken on all sides in the pan with the rendered bacon fat, until the outside is brown and crispy
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and add the onion to the pan
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and sauté until the onions are caramelized and tender, about 10 to 12 minutes
  • Pour in the beer and bring to a simmer
  • Nestle the chicken and all resting juices in the onion and beer
  • Transfer the pan to the oven
  • Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping the chicken over after 20 minutes
  • Remove the pan from the oven and put over low heat
  • Remove the chicken breasts to a warmed serving platter
  • Add the vinegar to the sauce and simmer to reduce to a thicker consistency, about 8 minutes
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken, top with crumbled bacon and serve immediately


Like I said, I have failed to acquire a taste for alcohol. So I was fearful that I would not like the chicken because there would be a beer-like taste infused in the chicken. I was absolutely wrong. This chicken was so delicious. Make sure that you check the temperature of the chicken about 30 minutes into the cooking time; you do not want to overcook the chicken.

I hope you all give this a try. You will not regret it!

Until Next Time,

Happy Experimenting! 

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