Beer Can Chicken with Grilled Veggies

If you’ve never made a beer can chicken, don’t be daunted – it’s an easy, tasty and fun way to roast a chicken. We’ve added a maple-chile rub, plus a pile of summery grilled zucchini. Use any leftovers to make chicken and zucchini soft tacos.

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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
50 min
90 min


  • 2 tbsp maple sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp each garlic powder and 
onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 1/2-lb whole chicken
  • 1 12-oz can organic beer
  • 3 small zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 3 small golden zucchini or crookneck squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced


  1. In a small bowl, combine maple sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chile powder and salt. Set aside 1 tbsp of spice mixture. Place chicken on a work surface, gently slip fingers under skin and work in remaining spice mixture over meat. Pour 3/4 cup beer into an 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Place can with remaining beer upright in pan. Slide chicken upright over can, with legs and can forming a tripod to balance chicken. Tuck in wings.
  2. Prepare a grill for indirect medium heat (to maintain a temperature of about 350°F). Place a double layer of foil, about 12 inches square, over the cooler part of the grate. Place pan with chicken on foil, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Baste chicken with pan juices. Continue to cook, brushing with pan juices every 15 or 20 minutes, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 165°F, about 1 hour total cooking time. (Cover chicken loosely with foil if skin starts to get too brown.) Remove chicken from grill and set aside to rest 10 minutes.
  4. While chicken is resting, increase heat to medium-high. Sprinkle both sides of zucchini with reserved spice mixture and grill until tender and lightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer zucchini to plates or a platter and sprinkle with scallions.
  5. Carefully carve chicken while it’s still on the can. Remove skin and serve, with zucchini and pan juices alongside.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 6 oz chicken, 1.5 zucchini, 1.5 T sauce
  • Calories 314
  • Carbohydrate Content 15 g
  • Cholesterol Content 115 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 40 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 388 mg
  • Sugar Content 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 3 g

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