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Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken

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Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken is the perfect way to get that summer grilled taste, without the grill. Follow my Instant Pot beer can chicken recipe to get that incredible juicy chicken that will leave you wanting more.

I don’t know what it is but I love beer can chicken on the grill. It always turns out so moist and juicy. Right now in central NY we are in the middle of a deep freeze it’s below zero and there is no way I am standing outside for an hour while it cooks on the grill. Instead, I will sit inside in the toasty warm house and sip on wine while my Instant Pot  Beer Can Chicken cooks in only 30 minutes.s.

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

The Instant Pot for a win again. Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken is the most succulent, moist, and full of flavor chicken. For this recipe, I did use my 8qt Instant Pot. Plus using the pressure cooker for beer can chicken means tender and juicy chicken every single time without drying out, like what can happen on the grill.

Will Beer Can Chicken Work in A 6qt Instant Pot

No, you will need to have an 8qt for this recipe. Since you are standing the chicken up it will take up too much room in a 6 quart and you won’t be able to close the lid. Now if you found a smaller sized chicken, it might be possible but I am betting it won’t work.

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken Breast close up view

1 Hour Beer Can Chicken In Instant Pot

From the fridge to the table in under one hour! Who can ask for more? This recipe is simple ANYONE can do this 🙂 If you love chicken also try my Crack Chicken, Chicken Cordon Blue, and Chicken Pot Pie Casserole.

Be Prepared for the most succulent, moist chicken you have ever tasted.

Best Beer to Use for Beer Can Chicken

The beauty of beer can chicken is you can use a variety of beers. Look for a rich malty beer, sour style beer, German beer or even wheat beer. Just skip over a stout beer as it can add a sour taste to your chicken. A beer like Budweiser, Keystone, Blue Ribbon all work well with beer can chicken.

Does Beer Can Chicken Taste Like Beer

The beer can chicken is a genius way to cook up a whole chicken. But, it does not have a beer taste. You will find it gives your meat a really juicy and moist texture. It helps keep the chicken incredibly moist as it cooks away in your Instant Pot.


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Does Beer Can Chicken Taste Like Beer

The beer can chicken is a genius way to cook up a whole chicken. But, it does not have a beer taste. You will find it gives your meat a really juicy and moist texture. It helps keep the chicken incredibly moist as it cooks away in your Instant Pot.

Does Beer Can Chicken Have Alcohol

Alcohol evaporates at 170 degrees. So most likely if you fully cook your chicken, all the alcohol will be cooked off before you go serving your chicken. Now, if you are cooking on the grill, and you only cook to 165 degrees, then yes a little alcohol might remain.


Beer Can Chicken on a plate


What Seasoning To Use For Beer Can Chicken

For my recipe, I went for a wonderful mix of seasonings. I used paprika, celery salt, garlic powder, and then I used onions and celery as well. This is going to help add even more layers of flavors to your chicken.

Best Way to Store Leftover Beer Can Chicken

What I did was go ahead and remove all the chicken from the bone, and stored it in an airtight container in the fridge. You can have your leftovers for up to three days.

Then you can warm up your chicken on stove top or microwave when you want to eat the leftovers.

Ways to Use Leftover Chicken

I will take the leftover chicken and use it for casseroles I make at times, sprinkle on top of green salads, make a homemade chicken salad and more. There are countless ways to eat your leftover chicken to make it taste like a completely new meal.

Have you ever made beer can chicken?

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken

Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

 The Instant Pot for a win again. Instant Pot Beer Can Chicken is the most succulent, moist, and full of flavor chicken.


  • 8 qt Instant Pot
  • 5-6 pound whole chicken
  • 1 16 oz can of beer
  • 1 onion
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  1.     Rinse chicken, pat dry, and place butter under the skin.
  2. Rub seasons all over the chicken. 
  3. Cut veggies into large chunks and place in the pot with 1 cup water.
  4. Open beer and place inside your chicken so the chicken is standing on the beer.
  5.  I had to move the legs a little so it would fit in the pot.
  6. Place the chicken inside the pot on the beer.
  7. No trivet needed. Place your Pot on manual high pressure for 30 minutes.
  8. Do a natural release for 20 minutes.


Remove and serve! I placed mine in the broiler for 2 minutes to make the skin crispy.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 899Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 315mgSodium: 782mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 94g

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  1. What does “do a natural release” mean…? Don’t open the lid, but release the pressure valve for the last 20?

        1. Pressure cook it an average of 6 minutes per pound. About 18 minutes on the cooking time with a natural release of pressure. Use a 12 oz. can of beer instead of a 16 oz. can…I used Ranier beer and it was awesome!

    1. Used a 4 lb chicken and a 12 oz beer. Fit with no problem in a 6 quart. I’m working late tomorrow night. So I’m making tonight then I’ll crisp up the skin tomorrow in the oven so dinner is a reasonable hour. Forgot to buy celery but otherwise following as written except for the smaller sizes.

  2. I made this and really loved the combination of seasonings. I have an 8qt XL and cooked it for your suggested time. I used the Canning button since the canning function is closer to the Instant Pot’s high pressure. The chicken was falling off the bone – so good! Thank you so much for going to the trouble of sharing your recipes. Your site is so well laid out. I am so glad that I found it!

  3. I tried making in my 8 quart, like suggested, instant pot with a 6 lb chicken and 16 oz can of beer but my chicken did not fit could not close the lid. So I poured some beer in and cooked. Very good but was very disappointed. Technically not beer can chicken without the can. I ran all over town looking for a 16 oz can and had to buy a 6 pack of beer. Tried other recipes and had no problems.

    1. Try pouring some beer out and cutting the can down next time. I did a 3ish pound turkey in my 8qt and had to do this cause this he 16oz can made it sit to high up

    1. If the gizzards are still inside then definitely yes, thaw. You’d probably have a hard time fitting it over a beer can if it’s frozen. If you chose to cook it frozen, add an extra 5 minutes per pound for a total of 11 min per pound with the 20 min npr. I read this elsewhere and it has worked for me in the past with non beer can whole chicken.

  4. The nutritional content can’t be correct — no way is this chicken over 600g of carbs a day and way over 2,000 calories ???

  5. Nutritional information is based on an en entire 6 pound chicken. Carbs sound like on par with an entire 6 pack of beer. Do your own math.

  6. Really was excited about doing this. Even took a photo of it inside the Instant Pot, thought I was doing everything correct. I didn’t understand Manual High Pressue. And do a Natural Release for 20 minutes. When the pressure button dropped the was still time showing. I opened to find ALL chicken meat in the bottom of the insert.

    I like my chicken spicy so,I dumped a little bit of the beer out and added sriracha chile! I also put some dried chile de arbol. Thanks for sharing! I would have never known!

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