Friday, August 23, 2013

Chickens with Cans

Have you ever been stranded without a can of beer for your beer can chicken?  It happened to me this weekend.  I was all set to steam a whole chicken on Sunday afternoon and found myself canless. I love the little can holders you can get to prop your chicken up, they fit one 12 oz can of something perfectly.  We just happened to not have a can of beer to bbq this bird.

So I started getting creative.  I had an empty RC can.  Surely that would work.  But what would I fix up to cook inside of this chicken?  I searched for some quick easy ideas and here are some of the best things I found.  You should know I normally season the outside of the bird to seal in more juice.  A quick rub will always help make the meat more juicy!

Idea #1  On the Bird
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp black pepper
  • 3+ tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 3+ tbsp granulated dry garlic
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • Olive oil (to rub the bird then get the dry ingredients to stick)
  • In the Can
  • ½ - ¾ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • The peel of an orange
  • Large spring fresh rosemary 
Idea #2   Citrus flavored
  • 1 opened, half-full can lemon lime soda 
  • half of a lemon, sliced
  • half of a lime, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub

Idea #3   Simple, shelf stable ingredients
  • Fill can halfway  with Chicken stock 
  • 1 T of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 T Minced Garlic
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • Coat outside of chicken with fresh herbs
 I went with option #1 this weekend, it passed with flying colors.  I'm going to be experimenting with the others every time I find myself without a full can for Chicken Sunday.

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