This pressure cooker beer can chicken recipe is sure to be the hit of your next tailgate party… A tender pressure-cooked whole chicken infused with light beer and fresh limes, smothered in an amazing beer-infused gravy = a winning combination!
This post has been sponsored by Tecate Light. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.
Is there anything you can’t make in an electric pressure cooker? Seriously! I’ve had this idea for making pressure cooker beer can chicken in my head for quite some time now, but I’ve not had time to really work out the logistics… You know, like is the beer can actually essential? Turns out, no, you only need the beer itself. And do I need any other special equipment? Again, no, the trivet that came with your cooker works perfectly.
Will it still have all of the flavor of a beer can chicken made on your grill? Yes! Of course, you won’t have the same crispy skin that you get when grilling beer can chicken… But you WILL have tender and flavorful beer-infused chicken in a fraction of the time — and you don’t have to freeze your behind off manning the grill during these cold winter months. PLUS you can make a to-die-for gravy with the drippings that MORE than makes up for it!
Let’s start with the beer in this beer can chicken… First off, you should always (always!) choose a beer that you enjoy drinking. I mean, if you don’t love the flavor of the beer to begin with, why on Earth would you want to cook with it?!
I feel like a light beer yields the best flavor in this recipe, so I chose to use Tecate Light, a refreshing imported Mexican beer. Its bold flavor pairs well with a great meal, so it’s only natural that it would work equally as well infused IN a great meal!
Tecate Light has a light citrus flavor and aroma, thanks to the fermenting process and the hops used to brew it. So adding more citrus in the form of fresh limes seemed like a no brainer. As did adding some chili powder, garlic and onions, which all pair well with limes. Sounds good, right?
I also threw in a good measure of smoked paprika. If this spice is not already in your collection, pick some up ASAP! It’s my favorite “secret” ingredient for giving any meat that cooked-on-the-grill smoky profile without actually cooking it on the grill.
Pressure Cooker Beer Can Chicken
Season the chicken inside and out with the spice mixture, making sure to loosen the skin and get plenty of it underneath. The goal is to really season the meat itself, since the skin will mostly be discarded. While you’re at it, slide some sliced limes underneath the skin, and we’ll add more cut limes, onions, and garlic cloves to the cavity of the chicken.
We’ll skip searing the skin, since it’s not going to stay crispy anyhow, and just pour about one cup of Tecate Light into the bottom of the pot. Then we’ll set the prepared chicken on the trivet that was included with the cooker and close and lock the lid in place. Cook on Manual/High Pressure for 25 minutes, and then hit Cancel and let the pressure release naturally.
While your chicken is cooking, you can enjoy the remainder of your Tecate Light… Wouldn’t want it to go to waste, would we?
Beer-Infused Chicken Gravy
Now about that gravy… Don’t skip this step — it’s SO good! After removing the cooked chicken from your pressure cooker, press the Sauté button, and let the remaining juices and drippings come to a boil. Stir in a couple tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with cold water, and boil until you get a thick gravy. Ladle this over the sliced or shredded beer can chicken liberally.
Chances are you’ll end up with waayyy more gravy than you need for one chicken. I highly recommend freezing it in a silicone ice cube mold for future gravy cravings!
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