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Easy Grilled Chicken with Beer Marinade

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This easy grilled chicken with beer marinade is a simple family favorite that features a flavorful chicken that will leave your mouth watering for more!
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  1. Easy Grilled Chicken With Beer Marinade Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Easy Grilled Chicken With Beer Marinade Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Just two ingredients are needed for this easy grilled chicken with beer marinade. This chicken soaks up all of the lovely beer and BBQ flavors of the marinade before being grilled to tender and moist perfection, making it an ideal choice for an outdoor grilled chicken dinner.

a plate of grilled chicken topped with beer marinade topped with bbq sauce and served with a side of broccoli

Easy Grilled Chicken With Beer Marinade Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1½ cups of beer
  • 2 (2-ounce) pouches of your favorite BBQ sauce dry rub mix
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BEER: You can experiment with the kind of beer you use in the marinade. Each brand and type of beer will give your chicken slightly different delicious flavors. Pick any of your favorite flavors of beer and try it out.

JUICE: If you prefer to skip the beer in this simple recipe, you could also use apple juice in your marinade.

BARBECUE SAUCE DRY RUB MIX: You can either use a store-bought dry rub mix or make your own. I have seen plenty of tasty recipes, from sweet ones with brown sugar to spicy ones with cayenne pepper and chili powder. Pick your favorite ingredients and have some fun.

How To Make This Easy Grilled Chicken With Beer Marinade Recipe

STEP ONE: Mix two pouches of dry rub mix with 1½ cups of beer in a small bowl.

bbq sauce mix and beer whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Set aside half of the marinade for brushing while grilling.

chicken marinated with the sauce mixture

STEP THREE: Marinate chicken in a separate large bowl or resealable plastic bag with the other half of the marinade mixture for 30 minutes if you’re in a hurry, or a couple of hours if you have time. Discard marinade once you remove the chicken.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Marinating the pieces of chicken overnight allows the flavor plenty of time to soak in.

STEP FOUR: Grill chicken over direct, medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Brush each side of the chicken with the marinade during grilling. The internal temperature should reach 165°F on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.

PRO TIP:

Evenly space the chicken apart on the grill grates so that it has plenty of room to cook.

How To Serve

Serve this grilled chicken with this macaroni salad and steamed veggies — everyone will love it. This classic coleslaw also makes the perfect side dish for this tasty meal.

For more delicious chicken recipes, try our stuffed chicken breast and grilled chicken breast.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers of this delicious recipe in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this grilled chicken for quick and easy meals later on. I recommend slicing the chicken into smaller pieces to freeze. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a Ziploc bag for up to a month.

a plate of grilled chicken topped with beer marinade topped with bbq sauce and served with a side of broccoli

This marinade recipe is a great addition to your recipe box. It’s so versatile because you can use it as a dry rub or combine it with a favorite liquid — like beer or juice — to customize the flavor and make it your own creation. Enjoy the grilling season with the best grilled chicken recipe around!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Could I use chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, or chicken legs with this chicken marinade?

This easy recipe works not only for a boneless skinless chicken breast meal but also with any other type of chicken you’d like.

Can I cook this chicken on a charcoal grill, or is a propane or gas grill better?

This chicken will cook well on either type of BBQ that you have.

How long does it take to grill chicken breasts?

You’ll want to grill your chicken for about 6 to 8 minutes per side. Use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

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Easy Grilled Chicken with Beer Marinade

5 from 2 votes
This easy grilled chicken with beer marinade is a simple family favorite that features a flavorful chicken that will leave your mouth watering for more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • cups beer
  • 4 ounces of your favorite BBQ sauce dry rub mix
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

Instructions
 

  • Mix two pouches of dry rub mix with 1½ cups of beer in a small bowl.
  • Set aside half of the marinade for brushing while grilling.
  • Marinate chicken in a separate large bowl or resealable plastic bag with the other half of the marinade mixture for 30 minutes if you’re in a hurry, or a couple of hours if you have time. Discard marinade once you remove the chicken.
  • Grill chicken over direct, medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Brush each side of the chicken with the marinade during grilling. The internal temperature should reach 165°F on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken.

Notes

  • Marinating the pieces of chicken overnight allows the flavor plenty of time to soak in.
  • Evenly space the chicken apart on the grill grates so that it has plenty of room to cook.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 926mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Cassidy Jackson says

    5 stars
    My husband made this for dinner the other night and we will definitely be making it again! I wish I could give it 10 out of 10 stars. I loved how simple the ingredient list was. I feel like I never have time to grocery shop as it is.. So this recipe made it easy on me hahaha