Beer me a piece of chicken

25 Apr

After a pretty crappy Easter day, Easter dinner turned out to be a success! We will start out with the sides though, after much struggle, I decided to give beets a chance. I’ve always been skeeved out by them but after reading about them on Hungry Meets Healthy, I wanted to give them a fair trial.  Enter this recipe for Roasted Beets with Feta, I thought maybe with the help of some feta cheese, maybe beets didn’t deserve the bad rap I gave them.

Me against the beets

Peeling them wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I thought the skin would have been more coarse than it was but soon enough the skin was off and it was time to chop up

I tossed in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted for 40 minutes at 40 degrees. Naturally while preparing these I was singing “Give Beets a Chance” to the tune of “Give Peace a Chance”

I tossed with feta cheese, lemon juice and green onions and voila-a new side dish to try!

I really can’t compare the taste of beets to anything I’ve had before as it seemed a bit gritty. But then again, coat something in enough extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and you can’t go wrong. After a few bites of conflicted feelings about this, I ended up loving this new side. Plus, it’s adds a pretty, unconventional color which I am all about.

I made deviled eggs for the brunch that didn’t happen due to me getting locked out of my house. I mashed the egg yolks  with two packets of Dijon mustard and one packet of mayonnaise. I like the heat so I added paprika, black pepper and crushed  jalapeno to give it a little kick.

I topped with green onions and hot sauce, absolutely delish!


And these disappeared while making dinner since I was starving!

Which brings me to the main course for Easter-Beer me a piece of chicken!

As a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I recently had the opportunity to create a recipe using New Belgium Beer. I received a stipend to purchase New Belgium beer and the ingredients needed to make a recipe of my choice.

Foodbuzz must read my blog because as many of you know, I am all about the beer.  I like to know a little about the beer I was going to create a meal with and stumbled upon New Belgium’s core values:

Company Core Values and Beliefs

1. Remembering that we are incredibly lucky to create something fine that enhances people’s lives while surpassing our consumers’ expectations.

2. Producing world-class beers.

3. Promoting beer culture and the responsible enjoyment of beer.

4. Kindling social, environmental and cultural change as a business role model.

5. Environmental stewardship: Honoring nature at every turn of the business.

6. Cultivating potential through learning, high involvement culture, and the pursuit of opportunities.

7. Balancing the myriad needs of the company, our coworkers and their families.

8. Trusting each other and committing to authentic relationships and communications.

9. Continuous, innovative quality and efficiency improvements.

10. Having Fun.

This just made me love them even more! Hey New Belgium, if you’re looking for someone I know a girl who is going to be jobless come Friday and loves beer and having fun. Let’s make this happen!

After a failed attempt at fish and chips earlier this week (I didn’t even post it on here due to the enormous fail that it was) I decided to based my recipe off Chicken Vesuvio my mom used to make.

I made my own little creation using New Belgium’s Mighty Arrow Pale Ale

From New Belgium’s website

“MIGHTY ARROW Pale Ale provides lots of pleasurable sniffs from Amarillo and Cascade hops with a fetching honey malt base. This is our brewed tribute to Arrow, Kim’s Aussie/Border Collie mix who ran (literally) New Belgium for 12 years. When she wasn’t patrolling the brewery grounds, she was famous for her office visits: She never met a tummy rub she didn’t like. Atta girl Arrow.”



Calories –


Hops –

Target, Goldings, Cascade, Amarillo


Beer me a piece of chicken ingredients:

One bottle Mighty Arrow Beer

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons oregano

¼ teaspoon ground mustard

1 teaspoon garlic

Chicken leg quarters (I used two and a half)

I poured the beer in a mixing bowl then added the extra virgin olive oil

I added the oregano, salt, pepper, garlic, ground mustard then whisked to create this beautiful sauce

It’s like edible tie dye!

I let marinate for six hours then cooked at 400 degree for an hour

The result?

Chicken that was cooked perfectly— crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. What I liked about it was that it wasn’t completely overloaded with oil like my mom’s Chicken Vesuvio used to be (sorry Mom, it’s true!)  I will definitely make this again and look forward to incorporating more beer into my meals since I clearly don’t get enough in my weekend activities.

Thanks New Belgium and Foodbuzz for giving me the opportunity to create a recipe!

Do you add beer to any of your recipes?

What did you make for Easter dinner?

38 Responses to “Beer me a piece of chicken”

  1. divasrun at 8:39 pm #

    Beets are awesome in a spinach, goat cheese, and sugared pecan salad!!!

  2. Oh man,I need to try this! My husband was just over my shoulder and wanted to know what you made! This chicken has definitely made it to our must make soon list!

  3. Winky at 8:50 pm #

    New Belgium has such yummy beer! And their company is amazing…after one year every employee gets a cruiser fun! Maybe you should check out Fort Collins 🙂

    Being a Wisconsin girl, I love to cook a good beer brat in the summer. My mom cooks almost everything in her pressure cooker with beer rather than water and it does give it an extra boost of flavor.

    • simplyshaka at 1:17 pm #

      Sigh, I want a pressure cooker so badly. Wherever my next home is I will definitely be getting one and trying that out since I love the brats!

      Is fort Collins in Colorado Springs? Thts where SKG is moving to and I told her that I will help with baby and cooking for exchange of free boarding. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is there in the summer! And yeah, I need to work for NB!

  4. terri at 9:00 pm #

    YOUR meals always look so frickin yummo. seriously. i want to lick the screen. the chicken looks so delish. andddd beets! i LURVE them. i have never known that many people who actually like beets. i eat them straight out of the can and people look at me like i am really weird. well, ok, maybe i am….but…….

    have a great night!

    • simplyshaka at 10:20 pm #

      Hahah, sorry for that much I will take that as a compliment!

      I have never met anyone who ate beets straight outta the can!! 🙂

  5. Amanda at 9:01 pm #

    YUM! That chicken sounds so delicious. I’ve never made chicken legs before.

    Ugh getting locked out of your place sucks! Sorry about that.

  6. christina at 9:06 pm #

    BEETS BEETS BEETS!!! I’m glad you loved them. Next, you have to try turnips. hehehe.

  7. Laury at 9:28 pm #

    YEY BEETS!!! Tht recipe looks so good. And the beer looks really good right now to me, minus the chicken (sorry no chicken here but I think Michael would like that recipe). Gawd how I miss beer 😉

  8. Ashleigh at 9:37 pm #

    I love beets, but they are kind of a pain. TJ’s makes them pre packaged and that’s how I buy them now to save me the chopping time! The beets w/ feta looks great!

  9. Suzy Eats at 10:43 pm #

    love beets. they always make the best salad.

  10. Kristina @ spabettie at 2:18 am #

    ah, beets. I only like them in my juices – I can mask the flavor with stronger ones and they make my juice pretty! 🙂 other than that I have NEVER been a fan!

    I’m not much of a chicken girl, but I love what you did with this recipe! I tried the Mighty Arrow recently and liked it!

    • simplyshaka at 1:14 pm #

      Thanks! I just saw you posted a dessert recipe with their beer, I can’t wait to read about it.

  11. Vixter2010 at 5:03 am #

    I’m bit a fan if beetroot I have to say! Maybe it’s the colour 🙂 chicken looks yum! As it was so hot over here I mostly ate salad and chicken!

  12. My mom always says that I used to love beets as a baby. I refused to eat them for years. My husband looooves them. He likes them with balsamic vinegar, oilve oil, sal t& pepper & garlic powder. I tried them, and they’re actually good! The color aspect makes me like them more too 😉

  13. dianacheung at 8:13 am #

    glenn hates beets cause he says they taste “earthy”!! Anyways, you know that I’m going on a new belgium brewing tour when I move to denver right….should I wait for you to visit?

  14. DEVILED EGGS ARE THE BEST!!!! and i love to add beer to my bread!! sooo delicious

  15. Jessica at 9:21 am #

    I am catching up on my reading and just want to say:

    Heck yeah!!! I am so proud of you for quitting that job. I know great things will come to you! I look forward to reading all about it.

    Oh, and I totally love beets ; )

    • simplyshaka at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks girl, I appreciate it. I’m scared and excited but I have a good feeling about it!

  16. Erin at 9:52 am #

    Beets are seriously one of my favorite foods. I’ve recently fallen in love with golden beets. Paired with goat cheese…a wonderful little snack.

    • simplyshaka at 1:10 pm #

      Mmmm goat cheese. I’ve never heard of golden beets so ill have to check it out!

  17. According to Gus at 10:03 am #

    I love the title of this post! We are big fans of New Belgium and will be doing their tour when we’re in Colorado.

    I have a high school friend whow works for NB and LOVES it!

  18. If I buy beer it typically doesn’t last long enough to make it into my food.

  19. Monique at 10:38 am #

    MMM Beer chicken!
    Thanks for giving beets a chance! they are so yummy.

    easter for me was okay. i was freakin sick for hte most part , yuck

  20. Carly at 10:56 am #

    Those beets look great! I’ve never made beets, but I want to try!

    • simplyshaka at 1:08 pm #

      They were easier than I thought they would be, give them a try 🙂

  21. lifewithacrazypup at 4:05 pm #

    I make a beer bread that is awe-to-the-some. Your chicken looks so yummy!! How did you get in to beets? I’m too afraid to try them!

  22. leashieloo at 5:18 pm #

    The chicken looks delish! I’m always looking for new marinades. And I’ve never had beets, but I’m always afraid to try them. Don’t know why!!

  23. I like to add beer to my chili!

    I had a great easter dinner, my Italian Mother in law made Antipasto Salad, Lasagna, and Pistachio Cheesecake! YUM

  24. Yum I love beets. My BF would go banana’s for this chicken recipe. The name is hilarious. I once used beer in a stew and loved it.

  25. sophia at 12:05 am #

    I’ve tried beer bread before…pretty interesting! They add this lovely buzz of flavor.

    As for the beets…not really a fan of beets, but I’ll eat them if they’re smothered in goat cheese…

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