Chicken Stew with Beer

Chicken stew with beer 1

I know, I know, stew again! And beer again! Since the last time I used beer in my Beef Carbonnade, I still have 3 bottles left in my fridge. And thanks to the fact that I can’t drink beer because I find it too bitter, another stew using beer is here! This Chicken Stew with beer is really simple to do, just like the basic stews that you all know how to do, but with a little switch, I hope it will be more attractive, bring more appetite to the usual meals. And don’t be worried, you won’t get drunk or something like that after enjoying this dish, so feel free to make it for lunch, for weeknight dinner or anytime you want, okay? ^^

Chicken stew with beer 2

Ingredients (serves: 3)

6 chicken legs, washed

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

150 grams frozen peas

1 small onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 cups beer

2 tsp dried mixed herbs

2 tbs ketchup

Salt, pepper

50 grams unsalted butter


1. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat, melt half of the butter. Season the chicken legs with salt and pepper, then brown all sides of the legs and set aside.


2. Meanwhile, heat a pot over medium high heat, melt the remaining butter. Add the onion and garlic, constantly stir until the onion turns soft and translucent, the garlic is lightly brown.


3. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pot, sprinkle with a pinch of salt gently stir for a couple minutes until they’re soft and easy to smash. Stir in the ketchup and mix until combined.


4. If you’re using a gas stove, take the pot of the heat for a moment, stir in the beer and add the dried mixed herbs, mix until combined then put the pot back in the heat. Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil.


5. Put the chicken legs back to the pot, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until they’re cook through and soft.


6. Finally, add the frozen peas, cook the stew for 10-15 minutes more or until the peas are nicely soft. Turn off the heat. Season more with salt and pepper if needed. Serve with steamed rice or bread.


Chicken stew with beer 3

I hope you all enjoyed the post and will have a new week full of luck and joy,

See you in the next post,

Love, Trang Quynh



  1. sybaritica · February 4, 2013

    That looks very nice… what sort of beer did you use? If you would like to try a light lager style beer that is not too bitter, you might enjoy ‘Corona’ Beer. It is a Mexican export but widely available. Also… you could also try a ‘Shandy’ by mixing beer 2 parts to one with 7Up… very refreshing!

    • trangquynh · February 4, 2013

      for this dish I used Heineken beer and I found it a little bitter, the “Shandy” idea sounds good, I still have 1 bottle left in my fridge, maybe I will try it that way!!! Anw thank your for your kind comment, have a nice day ^^

  2. Saskia (1=2) · February 4, 2013

    I’ve cooked plenty of veal and beef in beer, but never chicken. Sounds (and looks) great!

    • trangquynh · February 4, 2013

      you should try it sometimes, and thank you for the kind comment 🙂

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