Healthier Beer Butt Chicken
Today we are making a healthier version of Beer Butt Chicken. Its healthier than normal as we have removed the chickens skin and made a delicious natural yogurt and 'Cambridge Cajun' marinade. This crisps up the outside making a replacement skin without sacrificing any flavour.
The beer steams the chicken from the inside as well the oven temperature so this is a delicious, quick way of roasting a chicken.
If you haven't made this before, it might look a bit odd but were sure once you taste it & see how well cooked the chicken is, this will be a regular for you.
You will need: A Chicken, our Cambridge Cajun Spice Mix, 100g Natural Yoghurt & a can of beer
1: Get yourself a nice looking chicken, we went for a medium size organic free-range chicken.
Turn the oven up to 180 fan.
Open and have a sip of beer
2: Remove any string and carefully remove as much of the chicken skin as possible.
You don't have to be too precious, just remove as much as you can from the bird.
Have a sip of beer
3: Mix 6-8 heaped teaspoons of the 'Cambridge Cajun' with 100g of Natural Yoghurt until both ingredients are combined.
Have a sip of beer
4. Brush the spice mixture all over the chicken.
Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies inside and out.
The chicken can be cooked now or you could keep it refrigerated and marinated for up-to 24 hours.
5. At this point you might need to apologize to the chicken as your about to insert a can of beer into it!
Carefully lower the chicken onto the beer (you should have drank about a third of it by this point).
It might take some maneuvering but it should rest itself on the can remaining balanced and upright through the cook.
Place into the oven and cook until done. The juices should run clear and the thighs register 75 degrees.
Our medium chicken took 55 minutes
6. Take the chicken out the oven and let it rest for at least 10 minutes.
The chicken is now ready to enjoy as part of your meal. It should be piping hot, juicy, succulent, spicy and full of delicious powerful flavours.
We like to shred the chicken and enjoy it with taco's or with some roast vegetable cous cous.
If you make this recipe, let us know how you get on.