Boozy Beer Marinated Chicken

We students love our beer and alcohol, but have you ever tried cooking with it? I mean we all have plenty of it lying around our kitchen so why not spare one to cook with, you won’t miss it…much ;D

It’s very simple, has very easy ingredients and is very tasty and you can serve it up with rice, pasta, potatoes or anything you fancy, it goes with pretty much everything.

This was a dish I made up at home on the spot cos I was asked to do the cooking one night and it was actually scrummy, so I thought why not share it with you guys. 😀


(Preparation/Cooking time: 30-45 Minutes, Difficulty Level: 2 – Easy)


  • Chicken Thighs/Legs/Drumsticks/Wings
  • Beer/Ale/Lager
  • Worcester Sauce
  • Mustard
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Syrup/Honey
  • Garlic (Roughly Chopped)
  • Ginger (Roughly Sliced)
  • Spring Onions (Roughly Chopped)



  • Mixing Bowl
  • Deep Pan/Wok
  • Lid that fits on top of the pan


1)      Start by cleaning your chicken and removing any excess skin or fat and place into a mixing bowl.


  • If you’re using large chicken legs cut them up into separate drumsticks and thighs, it’ll be easier to cook.

2)      In the bowl pour in your beer, Worcester sauce, mustard, BBQ sauce, Syrup, Garlic and Ginger and mix in with the chicken and let it sit for about 10 minutes (Though it does taste nicer and tender if left to marinate for over 5 hours).


  • As usual add as much or as little of each of the ingredients as you like depending on what you fancy, but don’t skimp on the beer.

3)      Turn the deep pan onto high heat, add half a tbsp of oil and swirl it around the pan.

4)      When the pan is hot enough, place your chicken skin side down to sear for 3-4 minutes and then flip it over and do the same on the other side.


5)      Once chicken has seared on both sides, flip it back onto its skin and pour in the marinade sauce left in the mixing bowl and bring the whole thing to a boil.

6)      Once boiled turn the hob down to low/medium heat, place a lid on the pan and let the chicken simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the chicken.

  • If it looks like there isn’t enough liquid you can either top it off with more beer or some water.

7)      Once chicken is cooked, throw in the spring onions and stir into the sauce.


  • (Optional) If you want a thicker sauce, you can thicken it by taking a 3 parts corn flour and 1 part water mixture and slowly pour into the chicken bit by bit whilst stirring until you get your desired consistency.
Mix 3 parts corn flour and 1 part water until smooth before pouring into sauce.

8)      Once everything is done and cooked, serve it up and enjoy!



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