I am just not into beer, could never understand the fascination for it, give me any kind draught, ale or dark, it all tastes meh to me. Give me a glass of wine any day, that’s my poison. We all are also familiar with cooking with wine, but what about beer, how does one make the best of this beverage in recipes. While you might enjoy your beer with chicken drumsticks, what if those drumsticks are cooked in beer? Sounds interesting, well then you have landed on the right page, as today we are cooking beer braised chicken. This is when, I love my beer.

Firstly and fore mostly before you pop out any bottle of beer, please remember you cannot just cook with any bottle of beer, for this particular recipe you will have to use dark beer, as they are relatively  sweeter and malty, any lighter beer would probably be too bitter. I have cooked this dish twice and each time I have used a different beer, the first time I used an Irish stout (can’t recall the brand now) and the second time I made it with a dark Belgian beer of Chimay brand.

This is one of the simplest chicken recipes you will come across; the only thing it takes is a lot of time. So I recommend making it on the weekend, pop a bottle of beer open, half goes in the dish and rest you can enjoy while the chicken gets braised on the burner, a complete win-win in my book. So let’s cook.


1 tbsp butter

1 kg chicken drumsticks

6 medium sized onions sliced

1 tbsp raw sugar

Bay leaf

2 tsps dried thyme

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1& ½ cup dark beer

1 cup chicken stock

Salt & pepper as per taste


In a big pan melt the butter, add salt to the chicken and brown both sides in the pan. Once the chicken is done, remove and add the onions to the pan. Add the sugar to the onions and brown them well; this can take you a good 20 to 30 minutes.

Add the bay leaves, thyme, mustard and the beer to the pan; add the chicken and the chicken stock back to the pan. Cook till you bring the pot to a simmer, cover and cook covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and cook it for another 45 minutes to 1 hour till most of the liquid has almost evaporated and the meat is falling off the bones. Season with salt and pepper as per taste; the dish can be served with rice or potatoes.

Beer braised chicken

Beer braised chicken

P.S. don’t get dissuaded by the length of the time to prepare this dish, it’s actually a very simple dish, and you can just put it on the gas and do your chores at home. The end result is totally worth it. When you can’t drink it, eat it. Cheers!