1 whole chicken
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup BBQ Sauce
2 tbsp oil
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Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and salt in a bowl.
Add the olive oil to the spices and mix.
Place the whole chicken on a sheet pan and rub the marinade on both sides of the chicken.
Pour beer into the Ninja Foodi and place the chicken in the air fryer basket breast side up.
Apply the pressure lid making sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position.
Select PRESSURE and set to high (HI). Set time to 15 minutes.
Select START to begin. When pressure cooking is complete, allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, flip the pressure release valve to VENT to manually release the remaining pressure.
Apply BBQ sauce on top of the chicken.
Air Crisp 400ºF, 12 MINS.
One-Pot Beer Infused Roasted Chicken
This beer pot-roasted BBQ chicken dish is a quick, simple and delicious meal to serve to your family and friends. The traditional method for making beer can chicken involves roasting chicken upright with a can of beer inside its cavity. Often cooked in the oven or on the grill it typically takes up to an hour to make this moist and flavorful chicken dish.
Our version of beer can chicken uses a One-Pot pressure cooker like the Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot Duo Crisp to achieve the same tender succulent chicken in half the time! Plus with the added air crisp function on these one-pot cookers, you can finish the dish off with a quick air-fry all in the same pot! The end result: a moist and juicy chicken with a beautiful crispy skin in less than 30 minutes. It’s the perfect solution for those busy nights when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare dinner or during those cold winter months when firing up the grill just isn’t an option.
Can you use beer in your pressure cooker?
It is perfectly safe to make recipes calling for beer or alcohol in your one-pot pressure cookers. Alcohol evaporates at 170ºF and typically will cook off the food. Since a pressure cooker is sealed during cooking most of the alcohol will be released when depressurized however a small amount of the alcohol may still be retained in the food.
What is the best beer to use for One-Pot beer-can chicken?
Like any recipe calling for alcohol as an ingredient, it’s always best to use something with a lot of flavors and that you like to drink. As the beer heats up it steams into the chicken adding flavor and moisture to the dish. Lagers are a popular choice as they’re not too bitter however if you don’t have one on hand most types of beer work well with this recipe.
How to make a good One-Pot beer can chicken?
- Seasoning: any good spice rub used for a roast chicken will work well. We use garlic and onion powder, smoked paprika and cumin
- Marinate the chicken on both sides so the flavor is absorbed everywhere
- Use a good quality beer with lots of flavor as this is what gets absorbed by the meat
- Pressure cook the beer and chicken together for at least 15 minutes to ensure the meat is tender and moist
- Apply a sweet or smokey BBQ sauce to the outside of the chicken and finish it with a quick air crisp to achieve that delicious caramelized crispy skin
What if I don’t have a Ninja Foodi?
We made this recipe using a Ninja Foodi since this One-Pot multi-functional device both pressure cooks the chicken and can air fry the crispy skin. This recipe can also be made using an Instant Pot Duo Crisp or any Instant Pot compatible with an Air Fryer Lid to achieve the same results.
If you don’t have the air fryer option, you can make this recipe using any Instant Pot or pressure cooker and finish the chicken in a conventional oven. After pressure cooking the chicken and applying the BBQ sauce, place the chicken breast-side up on a sheet pan and Broil at 425ºF for 10 minutes or until your desired doneness.
- If crispier skin is desired, air-crisp for longer ~15-20 minutes
- This recipe was made using the Ninja Foodi, a programmable multi-use pressure cooker that can also steam, saute, slow cook, dehydrate, bake, broil, roast and air crisp.
- You can also make this recipe with an Instant Pot Duo Crisp, a multi-use programmable cooker that can pressure cook, saute, slow cook, steam, sous vide, air fry, roast, bake, broil and dehydrate.
- If you don't have the air fry option, you can make this recipe with any Instant Pot compatible with an Air Fryer Lid, or you can finish the chicken in a conventional oven. Place the chicken breast-side up on a sheet pan and Broil at 425ºF for 10 minutes or until your desired doneness.