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One-Pot Beer Can Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Al Roker's recipe for beer can chicken with mixed root vegetables
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  • Ingredients

    • 2 whole chickens, about 3 pounds each
    • 5-6 tablespoons Hasty-Bake Gourmet Greek Seasoning
    • 2 clean (12 ounce) cans domestic lager or pilsner
    • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 4 medium-size turnips, cut into 6 or 8 wedges each
    • 2 red onions
    • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
    • Handful of fresh herbs, such as thyme, sage, oregano, etc.
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse chickens and pat dry. Apply some olive oil to the outside of each chicken and sprinkle Hasty-Bake over entire chickens, including inside the cavities. 

Open the beer cans and pour about 1/3 of each beer into a large roasting pan. Set the cans upright in the roasting pan. Lower a chicken onto one of the cans with the legs down, so that the can slides inside the cavity, leaving the chicken “sitting” on the upright can. Repeat with the other chicken and can. Position the chickens back-to-back in the center of the pan.

Place the vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, then season generously with salt and pepper. Toss. Add the garlic cloves and herbs and toss well. Scatter the vegetables over the bottom of the pan around the chickens.   

Place in oven and roast 1½ to 1¾ hours. Stir the vegetables every 30-40 minutes to distribute pan juices. 

Remove from oven and let sit 15 minutes for the chicken juices to settle. Spoon the vegetables onto a platter and tent with foil. Using tongs and a silicone hand mitt or thick kitchen towel, carefully lay the chickens on their backs in the pan and remove the cans, being careful about the hot beer that will pour out. Lift the chickens out of the pan and onto a carving board. Cut into pieces or carve the meat off the bone and place on top of vegetables. 

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