I found it amusing and mentioned it to a pirate (in costume) while meandering through St. Augustine. They pointed out that her tune was the tune for “What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor?”. That isn’t really a song I hear every day, but I did hear it this week when aboard the Black Raven.
As I pondered what other foods would work for my pirate theme this week, it hit me: What do you do with a Drunken Chicken?
Drunken Chicken, or Beer Can Chicken as some call it, is a very simple recipe that consistently yields a very moist and juicy bird. Though some prepare this on the grill, my recipe was made in the oven. It is nice because you can add a few extra vegetables to the pot and end up with a one dish meal with very little effort.
If you prefer to make this recipe without alcohol, you can use a can of whatever beverage you prefer–ginger ale can add a nice flavor.
- 1 medium whole fryer
- 1 can of beer
- 1 head of garlic
- 8 whole carrots, peeled
- 2 medium or 4 small sweet potatoes
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dry thyme
Open the can of beer and pour out about half of the can. Place the half-full can of beer in the center of a large Dutch oven. Peel the garlic and place the cloves in the beer can.
Rub chicken with oil and seasonings
Serve chicken with roasted vegetables