If you caught my post this past Friday with my recipe for Mint & Lime Asparagus then you saw this coming- BEER. I don’t personally drink beer very often (although my beer of choice tends to be Blue Moon & definitely with an orange wedge) but I do love cooking with it. Beer can completely transform a dish & make the meal much more exciting. Sometimes I use tequila or bourbon or whiskey but seeing as this is St. Patrick’s Day beer is only right don’t you think? I mixed together a few recipes I’ve made in the past to come up with something a bit fun & definitely tasty. Here is the end result- Sweet & Spicy Honey Beer Sauce with Chicken. Don’t forget to stay tuned till the end of the post for lots more St. Patrick’s Day ideas from other bloggers as well!
I highly recommend using a beer you really love- this one that I used was a leftover from a get-together but it worked out nicely. I also used some honey called Grilling Honey & it is from Savannah Bee Company. It has a bit more of a smoky taste but if you want something similar a nice quality liquid smoke would be lovely. I served the plate above for a lunch, for dinner I like to throw in a salad & potatoes. Husband gave it a 9 out of 10. I love how quick it was to prepare & with few ingredients, perfect on a busy night.
- 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, about 6 oz each
- Fresh black pepper
- Kosher salt or smoked salt
- 2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup high quality beer, preferably darker & richer in flavor
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Japanese or Korean pepper, chopped or 1-3 teaspoons sriracha
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or Thai basil
- Heat oil in large pan with high sides on medium high heat. While pan is heating up whisk together beer, soy sauce, peppers or sriracha, & honey in a small bowl. If substituting dried herbs add them now as well. Set aside.
- Season chicken breast with salt & pepper on each side & when the oil is hot, add to pan carefully. Cook about 5-7 minutes on each side for a nice sear. Don't move it around too much or you won't get a nice color. Remove from pan & keep warm.
- In the same pan with chicken leftovers add your garlic. Cook until softened & lightly browned. Re-whisk your sauce if anything has settled & add to pan. Whisk to mix. Let thicken up a bit.
- Serve hot over chicken or add chicken back to the pan to really drench them.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe inspired by the many gallons of beer guzzled on this day! If you’re not much of a drinker (I’m a lightweight to the max!) then maybe this will knock your socks off & make you feel like a St. Patrick’s Day participant! Check out the many other lovely blog posts from bloggers on St. Patrick’s Day inspiration- you’re bound to find a few new-to-you bloggers to enjoy!