Lightly caramelized bites of beer and brown sugar marinated chicken are grilled and ready to eat in just a few minutes. This chicken was so tasty, I made it two nights in a row. My family was sad that there weren’t any leftovers the first night; so as soon as we were done eating dinner, I started a second batch of chicken marinating.
My husband’s beer of choice is almost always an IPA and his favorite IPA these days is a beer called Grumpy Monk. When I saw the label, I cracked up laughing and knew that I’d be playing with that beer in a new recipe soon. My husband suggested Grumpy Monk Chicken and one thing led to another. The whole family loved this chicken and it disappeared in minutes.
* Side note for NON-BEER drinkers: I do NOT like beer. I don’t drink it myself and I don’t like the taste or smell of it at all. I do however, enjoy a great beer marinade. If you do not typically have beer in your house (and don’t want to buy a six-pack just to try a new recipe), I have a tip for you. Trader Joe’s sells individual bottles of beer for less than $1 and they often have IPA’s in their selection. You can thank my awesome little sister for that tip. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, the recipe is still worth it, even if you need to buy a six pack.
- 2 1/2 - 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 3/4" pieces
- 1 12 ounce Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk beer or an alternative IPA beer
- 1/2 cup light flavored olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 cloves garlic smashed
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a gallon size ziploc bag or large bowl with a lid. Place in the refrigerator and let the chicken marinate from 2-24 hours.
- GRILL / BROILER SKEWERS METHOD: Preheat the grill to moderate heat or set the oven to broil with the rack six inches from the heat. Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill or broil for 5 minutes, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Test doneness by slicing into the chicken with the tip of a knife. The center should be white or very light pink.
- ALTERNATIVE BROILER METHOD: Spread the chicken pieces across a large baking sheet. Broil for 5 minutes, stir and broil another 3 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned.
- STOVETOP METHOD: Warm a large skillet over medium high heat, until it is very hot, you should be able to hold your hand a few inches over the skillet only for a few moments. Drain the marinade off the chicken and add half the chicken to the skillet. Flip with tongs or stir with a spatula, letting the chicken cook for less than a minute on each side. The total cooking time should be about 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a dish and repeat the process to cook the remaining chicken. Enjoy!