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Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables #SundaySupper

Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables (beer can chicken with summer vegetables)
Happy Father’s Day! Logically, that’s the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper that’s being hosted by Isabel at Family Foodie. What is “Dad Food”? I’m sure it varies from dad to dad, but I’m willing to guess that for a lot of dads, Father’s Day involves grilling and beer. Sounds about right for my dad.

One of the things I like most about my dad is that later in life, he’s started to love cooking! He has always loved to grill. Aside from fried egg sandwiches, it’s pretty much the only way I remember him cooking when I was a kid. But, he’s become a much more well-rounded cook in recent years! He calls me quite often for cooking advice, and he’s always telling me about awesome meals he’s made for my mom. He even printed off the chicken shawarma recipe from his daughter’s own blog, and made it. I felt so special. 


The two of us make Thanksgiving dinner an epic event, involving weeks of planning, shopping, phone calls and novel-length emails. Here we are, making a huge mess of the kitchen while hosting our first-ever Thanksgiving dinner a few years back. I mean seriously, I think every inch of counter space is covered in something. Perhaps, we’re not all that great at cleaning up after ourselves:

 

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Here we are at my culinary school graduation last year, which I invited him to – not in order to see me graduate, but to eat all of the awesome food the chefs prepared for the reception:

 

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Dad and I also like to discuss the offerings in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. We both shop there often and love the quality of their products (like our matching ice cream makers). But personally, one of my hobbies is also poking fun at some of the items. You know, the $1,500 custom chicken coops and the $14,000 outdoor pizza kitchens. There’s also these chicken roasters for the grill, which I actually think my dad might have, so I feel sort of bad making fun of him here. Sorry Dad, but I’m about to save everybody else $24.

 

Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables (beer can chicken with summer vegetables)
You really don’t need a chicken roaster thing. Just grab your cast iron skillet. Grab a beer. Drink half the beer. Put half-full beer can into center of skillet. Plop the chicken onto the can. Transfer to grill. If you want, add some vegetables to the skillet about halfway through the chicken-cooking process. Use the extra $24 to buy more beer for Dad!

And yes, I’m aware that this is just beer-can chicken. I really don’t know why I tried to get all fancy and name it something else. Maybe because I used a local Michigan microbrew (Atwater Brewery Dirty Blonde) instead of like, a Coors Light or something. But seriously, it’s beer-can chicken. Plus vegetables. Drunken vegetables. 

 

Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables (beer can chicken with summer vegetables)
Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Yield: 4 servings

Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 whole frying chicken (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 can of beer (drink the other half)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 zucchini and/or summer squashes, cut lengthwise in half, and then crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into 1-inch wedges

Instructions

  1. The night before you want to eat the chicken, take the chicken out of it’s packaging and pat it dry with paper towel. Set it on a rack (I use a cookie cooling rack) set over a baking sheet, and put it in the fridge, uncovered. This will allow the skin to get dried out, which will mean extra-crispy chicken skin when it’s finished cooking.
  2. Preheat your grill for indirect grilling – heat half of the grill over medium-high heat, and leave the other half of the burners turned off. Place the beer can in a cast iron skillet. Place the chicken cavity over beer can, and use the chicken legs to form a tripod with the can, so the chicken balances upright. Lightly brush the chicken with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Transfer skillet with chicken to the indirectly heated side of the grill. Cover grill and cook for 30 minutes. DO NOT OPEN GRILL DURING THIS TIME. After 30 minutes, quickly (!!) open grill and add vegetables to skillet. Shut the grill and cook for 40 more minutes. Using a probe thermometer, check temperature of chicken in thickest part of leg – you’re looking for it to just reach 165 degrees F. If chicken is not yet up to temperature, cover grill and continue cooking. Check temperature every 15 minutes until 165 degrees F is reached.
  4. Remove skillet from grill and let stand 10 minutes before carving chicken. Use tongs and oven mitts when you’re taking the chicken off of the beer can – everything, including the remaining beer, will still be piping hot. Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to serving bowl. Carve chicken and serve immediately.
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94 Responses to “Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables #SundaySupper”

  1. Laura Hunter — June 16, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Every time I see chicken cooked like this it makes me laugh. Chicken looks so funny standing up like that, but I bet it tastes amazing

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      Haha I know, it’s so bizarre looking. And I always feel so awkward basically shoving a beer into a chicken’s butt.

      • Nancy replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

        The best part is shoving a beer into a chicken’s butt! ;)

        • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 19th, 2013 @ 1:15 am

          Haha, but IS it the chicken’s butt? Or it that the other side? Hell, I should know this. I did nothing BUT (pun intended) butcher chickens for a few months in school. Granted, I spent zero time thinking about which end the butt was.

  2. Laura Hunter — June 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Every time I see chicken cooked like this it makes me laugh. Chicken looks so funny standing up like that, but I bet it tastes amazing

    Reply

  3. Jennifer Drummond — June 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I have to try your recipe! This looks so cool and fun to make! I’m surprised that it didn’t take that long to make.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      Yeah, as long as you resist the urge to open the grill too often, the grill sort of just acts as an oven for your chicken!

  4. Jennifer Drummond — June 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I have to try your recipe! This looks so cool and fun to make! I’m surprised that it didn’t take that long to make.

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  5. Lauren @ HealthyDelish — June 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I really need to get around to trying beer can chicken on of these days. Love all of those vibrant veggies that you added!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      Thanks Lauren :) it’s actually a good food for hosting an outdoor party, because you can kind of just put the chicken on the grill and forget about it for quite awhile while you hang out with your guests.

  6. Lauren @ HealthyDelish — June 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I really need to get around to trying beer can chicken on of these days. Love all of those vibrant veggies that you added!

    Reply

  7. Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Can I join you for Thanksgiving? Because it sounds EPIC! :) I’ve never tried beer can chicken before but you made it look super easy. Definitely pinning this one!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

      Thanks Courtney! Haha, so epic. And we have leftovers for like A WEEK after Thanksgiving. We’re crazy.

  8. Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Can I join you for Thanksgiving? Because it sounds EPIC! :) I’ve never tried beer can chicken before but you made it look super easy. Definitely pinning this one!

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  9. Megan Wood — June 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    OOOH I love the idea of putting this in a cast iron skillet. I am always making my chicken on the cast iron but never thought to make it as beer butt chicken.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

      Thanks Megan! I honestly have to thank Williams Sonoma for giving me the idea, because I never would have thought of it without them!

  10. Megan Wood — June 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    OOOH I love the idea of putting this in a cast iron skillet. I am always making my chicken on the cast iron but never thought to make it as beer butt chicken.

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  11. Kim — June 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I knew an artisan once who made hand-thrown ceramic chicken roasters, and sold them for less than Williams Sonoma. Some things are meant to be made fun of. :) And I love your drunken veggies. They’re so pretty.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

      Now, THAT I would pay for! Because to be honest, it can be kind of a pain in the butt to get the can back OUT of the chicken sometimes :)

  12. Kim — June 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I knew an artisan once who made hand-thrown ceramic chicken roasters, and sold them for less than Williams Sonoma. Some things are meant to be made fun of. :) And I love your drunken veggies. They’re so pretty.

    Reply

  13. Renee Dobbs — June 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    So great your dad started cooking late in life – better late than never! He looks so proud in the photo of your graduation. And what a Thanksgiving to remember. Such a lovely post and nice recipe for dads.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

      Thanks Renee! It was a memorable Thanksgiving for another reason, too. Just moments after that photo was taken, my husband started helping by chopping shallots, and immediately cut himself. He had to spend the night before Thanksgiving at the ER with my mom, waiting to get stitches. haha.

  14. Renee Dobbs — June 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    So great your dad started cooking late in life – better late than never! He looks so proud in the photo of your graduation. And what a Thanksgiving to remember. Such a lovely post and nice recipe for dads.

    Reply

  15. Stacy — June 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I love that you and your dad cook together, Lori. What a fun time you must have creating deliciousness in the kitchen. That roasted chicken looks great and I am intrigued by drunken vegetables. I need to give this a try!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 16th, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

      Thanks Stacy! It’s a perfect weekend afternoon meal for the summer! I like to just relax in the yard while the chicken’s on the grill :)

  16. Stacy — June 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I love that you and your dad cook together, Lori. What a fun time you must have creating deliciousness in the kitchen. That roasted chicken looks great and I am intrigued by drunken vegetables. I need to give this a try!

    Reply

  17. Tara — June 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Great post and recipe, I love chicken done this way!!

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  18. Tara — June 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Great post and recipe, I love chicken done this way!!

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  19. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Haha I know, it’s so bizarre looking. And I always feel so awkward basically shoving a beer into a chicken’s butt.

    Reply

  20. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Yeah, as long as you resist the urge to open the grill too often, the grill sort of just acts as an oven for your chicken!

    Reply

  21. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks Lauren :) it’s actually a good food for hosting an outdoor party, because you can kind of just put the chicken on the grill and forget about it for quite awhile while you hang out with your guests.

    Reply

  22. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks Courtney! Haha, so epic. And we have leftovers for like A WEEK after Thanksgiving. We’re crazy.

    Reply

  23. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks Megan! I honestly have to thank Williams Sonoma for giving me the idea, because I never would have thought of it without them!

    Reply

  24. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Now, THAT I would pay for! Because to be honest, it can be kind of a pain in the butt to get the can back OUT of the chicken sometimes :)

    Reply

  25. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks Renee! It was a memorable Thanksgiving for another reason, too. Just moments after that photo was taken, my husband started helping by chopping shallots, and immediately cut himself. He had to spend the night before Thanksgiving at the ER with my mom, waiting to get stitches. haha.

    Reply

  26. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks Stacy! It’s a perfect weekend afternoon meal for the summer! I like to just relax in the yard while the chicken’s on the grill :)

    Reply

  27. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks Tara!

    Reply

  28. The Ninja Baker — June 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Your papa certainly does look proud at your graduation, Lori. How wonderful that you get to enjoy cooking together and discussing Williams and Sonoma catalogues!…Bet your father enjoyedyour beautiful chicken and vegetables presentation, too.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

      Thanks NB! It’s definitely fun having him to talk cooking with!

  29. The Ninja Baker — June 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Your papa certainly does look proud at your graduation, Lori. How wonderful that you get to enjoy cooking together and discussing Williams and Sonoma catalogues!…Bet your father enjoyedyour beautiful chicken and vegetables presentation, too.

    Reply

  30. Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc — June 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I very much enjoyed the read and – of course – also the recipe.

    Reply

  31. Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc — June 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. I very much enjoyed the read and – of course – also the recipe.

    Reply

  32. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — June 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Lovely! Your picture so reminds me of my own graduating day from culinary school. Dad and I don’t have matching icecream but we do have a common love of good food.

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  33. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — June 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Lovely! Your picture so reminds me of my own graduating day from culinary school. Dad and I don’t have matching icecream but we do have a common love of good food.

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  34. Soni — June 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The beer can chicken sounds great and its also new to me!I’m sure the chicken must taste amazing along with the colorful veggies you’ve added :)

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

      Thanks Soni! This was actually the first time I had ever made beer can chicken, too. I’d eaten numerous times at other people’s houses though.

  35. Soni — June 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    The beer can chicken sounds great and its also new to me!I’m sure the chicken must taste amazing along with the colorful veggies you’ve added :)

    Reply

  36. Family Foodie — June 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    This looks like such a fun recipe to try. It sounds amazing and the veggies look great, as well.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

      Thanks Isabel! That ended up being WAY, WAY too many vegetables – I had so many leftovers! haha.

  37. Family Foodie — June 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    This looks like such a fun recipe to try. It sounds amazing and the veggies look great, as well.

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  38. Suzanne — June 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    The photo’s of you and your Dad are so sweet, I have done the half can of beer roasting chicken and it works great. Happy Fathers Day to your Dad.

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  39. Suzanne — June 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    The photo’s of you and your Dad are so sweet, I have done the half can of beer roasting chicken and it works great. Happy Fathers Day to your Dad.

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  40. Sarah R — June 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I never knew you could grill-roast a chicken! Cool!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

      Yeah, I’m a big fan of “turning the grill into an oven” in the summer. I cook cornbread in there, too!

  41. Sarah R — June 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I never knew you could grill-roast a chicken! Cool!

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  42. Brooke Schweers — June 18, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Yum what a cute chicken! (can chicken be called cute?! haha). Never thought to dry out the skin but it makes perfect sense considering the results ive had with drying out duck breasts. You certainly have a lucky dad!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

      Yep, getting the skin really dry is key when you are smoking something, or just want crispy skin. Works like a charm!

  43. Brooke Schweers — June 18, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Yum what a cute chicken! (can chicken be called cute?! haha). Never thought to dry out the skin but it makes perfect sense considering the results ive had with drying out duck breasts. You certainly have a lucky dad!

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  44. Katie — June 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

    What a seriously gorgeous presentation of food!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

      Thanks Katie! Who knew a hidden beer can could be so glamorous? :)

  45. Katie — June 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    What a seriously gorgeous presentation of food!

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  46. sara — June 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Yum, this looks amazing – so delicious! :)

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  47. sara — June 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Yum, this looks amazing – so delicious! :)

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  48. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks NB! It’s definitely fun having him to talk cooking with!

    Reply

  49. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks Bea!

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  50. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Jane :)

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  51. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Soni! This was actually the first time I had ever made beer can chicken, too. I’d eaten numerous times at other people’s houses though.

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  52. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks Isabel! That ended up being WAY, WAY too many vegetables – I had so many leftovers! haha.

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  53. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks Suzanne!

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  54. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Yeah, I’m a big fan of “turning the grill into an oven” in the summer. I cook cornbread in there, too!

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  55. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Yep, getting the skin really dry is key when you are smoking something, or just want crispy skin. Works like a charm!

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  56. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks Katie! Who knew a hidden beer can could be so glamorous? :)

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  57. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks Sara!

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  58. Nancy — June 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Lmao, great post, Lori! You can fancy up the name in whatever way you want, girl, it’s your blog post AND you’re saving us all money *yay*. Your dad looks SO proud and happy in that pic of you two at your graduation. So sweet! I love that he has a new found love of cooking. Good for him. I also love that one of his specialties as you were growing up was fried egg sandwiches. He’s a man after my own heart – nothing beats a runny fried egg with toasted or butter fried bread. I need to buy myself a giant cast iron skillet so that I can make this gorgeous chicken!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 19th, 2013 @ 1:18 am

      Right?!? I can name things whatever I want…boom! Just like that. The power may go to my head. Mua ha ha.

      Oh, and to be honest – my cast iron pan is by no means very large at all. I would be surprised if it’s even a full 12 inches across. I think my chicken was just pretty small, which is making the pan look larger. But if you’re in the market for a cast iron pan, check out your local hardware store in the camping section. They’re always cheapest there (under $20 usually), and they’re good!

  59. Nancy — June 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Lmao, great post, Lori! You can fancy up the name in whatever way you want, girl, it’s your blog post AND you’re saving us all money *yay*. Your dad looks SO proud and happy in that pic of you two at your graduation. So sweet! I love that he has a new found love of cooking. Good for him. I also love that one of his specialties as you were growing up was fried egg sandwiches. He’s a man after my own heart – nothing beats a runny fried egg with toasted or butter fried bread. I need to buy myself a giant cast iron skillet so that I can make this gorgeous chicken!

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  60. Nancy — June 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    The best part is shoving a beer into a chicken’s butt! ;)

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  61. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 19, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Haha, but IS it the chicken’s butt? Or it that the other side? Hell, I should know this. I did nothing BUT (pun intended) butcher chickens for a few months in school. Granted, I spent zero time thinking about which end the butt was.

    Reply

  62. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 19, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Right?!? I can name things whatever I want…boom! Just like that. The power may go to my head. Mua ha ha.

    Oh, and to be honest – my cast iron pan is by no means very large at all. I would be surprised if it’s even a full 12 inches across. I think my chicken was just pretty small, which is making the pan look larger. But if you’re in the market for a cast iron pan, check out your local hardware store in the camping section. They’re always cheapest there (under $20 usually), and they’re good!

    Reply

  63. Sunithi Selvaraj, RD — June 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Yummy ! Those stand up roasters do a great job. I have a cheap one from a $ store but seems to work. This looks so healthy with all the veggies !! Yumm !

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 19th, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

      Thanks Sue! Yeah, I can see where those roasters would come in handy – having to extra the scalding hot beer can (full of scalding hot beer) from the chicken when it was done was no fun, to say the least. haha.

  64. Sunithi Selvaraj, RD — June 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Yummy ! Those stand up roasters do a great job. I have a cheap one from a $ store but seems to work. This looks so healthy with all the veggies !! Yumm !

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  65. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — June 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks Sue! Yeah, I can see where those roasters would come in handy – having to extra the scalding hot beer can (full of scalding hot beer) from the chicken when it was done was no fun, to say the least. haha.

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  66. Cindys Recipes — June 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    You are amazing to be able to teach a chicken to sit up like that! Sorry, Lori I couldn’t resist!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 20th, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

      Haha, I know, it’s amazing! I can’t train a dog to do more than sit and beg for a treat, but a chicken, I can train :)

  67. Jen @JuanitasCocina — June 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Now THAT is one purty chicken!

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  68. Jen @JuanitasCocina — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Now THAT is one purty chicken!

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  69. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Haha, I know, it’s amazing! I can’t train a dog to do more than sit and beg for a treat, but a chicken, I can train :)

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  70. Cindys Recipes — August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    You are amazing to be able to teach a chicken to sit up like that! Sorry, Lori I couldn’t resist!

    Reply

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