Hop Heads and Hot Heads unite with this dish – Beer Basil Chicken! It’s light, spicy, and wildly complex. It can be served solo as an appetizer or can be paired with rice and veggies for an exotic summer cuisine. The beer marinade gives this dish an incredibly rich dimension of flavor and also keeps the chicken nice and juicy. Once you taste this, you’ll  think twice about paying for that thai food takeout.

Beer Basil Chicken – Ingredients

  • 1 can Paleo IPA from North Country Brewing Co.*
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced (or 1/4 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBSP fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1  1/4 tsp chile paste with garlic
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/3 cup sliced fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper

Beer Basil Chicken – Directions

  1. Place cubed chicken in a medium size bowl. Pour can of Paleo IPA over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours (we did 3)
  2. Drain beer from chicken and set chicken aside. Discard beer
  3. Heat large skillet over medium high heat
  4. Add oil to pan. Swirl to coat
  5. Add shallots and garlic to pan and cook for 30 seconds
  6. Add chicken to pan, season with salt and pepper and cook for 13 minutes or until cooked thoroughly
  7. While chicken in cooking, combine fish sauce, sugar, teriyaki sauce, chile paste, and water in a small bowl. Stir.
  8. Add fish sauce mixture to cooked chicken. Cook for one minute or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat
  9. Stir in fresh basil
  10. Enjoy!

*Paleo IPA is an American Style IPA (6.4% ABV). This ale is dry hopped to give it an incredible aromatic quality. It is brewed up in Slippery Rock, PA. Don’t have access to this IPA? Use a balanced, aromatic IPA.

Love the sauce? Double the recipe so you can put it over your rice or veggie sides!

**A big thanks to our friend Tracey for grabbing us a six-pack of Paleo IPA from her trip to North Country Brewing Co.

Cheers N’at
Pennies, Pints, Pittsburgh

We are a husband & wife blogging team who loves beer, food, and Pittsburgh. We were both born and raised in the City of Bridges and now are proudly raising our own family here. Pittsburgh is going through a tremendous craft beer boom and we are beyond thrilled to be a part of it. We enjoy blogging about the local craft beer scene and also enjoy the challenge of effectively incorporating those local beers into some of our favorite recipes. 


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