Beer Chicken – Pollo alla Birra

Beer Chicken – Pollo alla Birra


Beer Chicken – Pollo alla Birra is truly a wonderful and very easy way to prepare a delicious and tender entree that will satisfy any palate.  Accompanied by a mouthwatering reduction, this SECONDO will most certainly become a much loved dish in your kitchen. The chicken will remain tender, full of flavor and just simply finger-licking good.  

In this recipe we used several different cuts of meat from the chicken; the drumsticks, breasts and wings. Feel free to make this your own and use the cuts of chicken of your choice. Remember, cooking is an ART and it allows you to be creative. Enjoy exercising your creativity. 



  • 2 liters 72 oz light beer or enough to cover the chicken in the pan
  • 2-3 medium onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 wings
  • 3 chicken breast cut into thirds
  • 1 whole cayenne pepper or hot pepper flakes
  • 25 grams salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 whole sprigs rosemary
  • 4-5 whole sage leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat the Mangiafuoco Gas Oven or Marinara Pizza Oven to 400°F – 204°C
  2. Cut the onions into larger slices as shown in the video.
  3. Place the onions directly into the cold Dutch Oven, and add all the pieces of chicken to to the pot as well.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary sprigs, sage leaves and the cayenne pepper.
  5. Pour the beer all over the chicken and onions, making sure the meat is completely covered.  
  6. Place the lid over the pot and set the dutch oven in the preheated gas or wood oven.
  7. After it has come to a good simmer, cook for about 30 minutes. Carefully turn the chicken pieces in the pot and place the Dutch Oven back into the oven with the lid slightly uncovered. Continue cooking for an additional 25 minutes. Occasionally pull the pot out in order to drizzle the beer reduction over the chicken.
  8. Once the beer has reduced and turned into a thick, golden brown sauce it is ready to be served. Enjoy!

*If the sauce is not reduced enough you may want to remove the chicken and set it aside covered with foil. Place the Dutch oven back into the oven and allow the sauce to reduce. Once reduced, pour the reduction over the chicken and serve immediately. 

Buon Appetito!   

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