Beer Can Chicken-Bacon Bowl
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 54
Rating: 4.04
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Bacon, Chicken Thighs, Red Pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
6 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 strips bacon diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper cored and chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper or 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 12 ounces beer 1 can (or chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 strips bacon cooked and crumbled for topping
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Bacon, Chicken Thighs, Red Pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
6 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 strips bacon diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper cored and chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper or 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 12 ounces beer 1 can (or chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 strips bacon cooked and crumbled for topping
Votes: 54
Rating: 4.04
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Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  2. When oil gets hot, add diced bacon and cook, stirring, until crisp, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper to the pot and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add onion to the pot and saute until soft, 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, paprika, salt and ground chipotle and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add the beer to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add rice and stir. Nestle the chicken into the rice mixture in one even layer, turning once to coat.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- buttons and program the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.
  8. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  9. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return chicken pieces to the pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve warm topped with additional crumbled bacon.
Recipe Notes

*If your Instant Pot does not have a MANUAL function, use the Pressure Cook function.

47 replies
  1. Krryrmn
    Krryrmn says:

    This recipe has good bones, but needs some tweeking. It came out a little to watery and oily. The beer flavor was really good. I might suggest that maybe you omit the oil in the beginning and play with the amount of beer. I like my food a little spicier so id add more spice.

  2. Cool_Hand_Luke
    Cool_Hand_Luke says:

    Disaster of a recipe. The rice burned at the bottom so the InstantPot kept shutting itself down. If there is a good way of making this recipe, they don’t explain it. Waste of goof chicken and bacon.

  3. Mestabro
    Mestabro says:

    Came out like gumbo, was pretty good, not all that hard to make.

    Could use a bit more flavor in my opinion, maybe my beer was too bland.

  4. CoffeeMeMe
    CoffeeMeMe says:

    “red pepper” is NOT the same thing as “Red BELL Pepper”. Need to correct the “main ingredient” listing so search works correctly

  5. Odellg
    Odellg says:

    This dish was easy and tasty! BUT… I read all the reviews prior to making and decided to do only 8oz of beer instead of 12. The consistency was perfect. I also added double red pepper to the recipe and topped wirh red paper flakes. To me it was a good heat but not too much. Enjoy!

  6. Anticool
    Anticool says:

    The instant pot continuoisly burned the rice on the bottom. So, it never reached cooking pressure. I followed the recipe to the letter. I even removed the contents and tried again after scraping the burnt layer. This is not the first recipe I have had this issue with.

  7. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi AntiCool,

    Ensure to always deglaze after sauteing, and if left on sautee too long after adding the beer it may have evaporated too much liquid.

  8. Caldyhome
    Caldyhome says:

    Brand new to instapot. I decided to try this as my first attempt at using the pot. Turned out perfect..although me and my daughter thought it needed just something else. Maybe some beans..red, black etc. Will tinker with this recipe, but it is actually tasty as is.

  9. JustineDawn
    JustineDawn says:

    Very good and easy, next time im leaving all the bacon out and adding it in after pressure cooking.. i think it lost its flavor under pressure. Other than that, very tasty!

  10. carolmoo
    carolmoo says:

    1st dinner in Instant Pot. Meal came out exactly as expected, chicken super moist and perfect rice. Found taste to be bitter – probably from beer – next time will try chicken stock.

  11. Sharpsn
    Sharpsn says:

    Using the Instapot Lux- 3qt. Ended up getting the burn message multiple times. We tried everything from adding a second beer and scraping the bottom to physically removing the food and cleaning the bottom completely and putting the food back in. Made the recipe following it to a T but gave up and finished cooking on the stove. Tasted really good but needed more salt.

  12. nicholas.defeo
    nicholas.defeo says:

    Do not use an IPA. My better judgement said not to and I did it anyway. Can’t say for sure but I think it would have been great with a run of the mill lager or chicken broth like it said to use.

  13. nicholas.defeo
    nicholas.defeo says:

    Don’t use an IPA. Rice was perfectly cooked. Chicken broth or a run of the mill lager would be good. Maybe a Dr. Pepper?

  14. HotMomX4
    HotMomX4 says:

    I used applewood smoked bacon and Redds Apple ale. Worked great,awesome flavor. Will definitely be making this recipe again.

  15. Tarin
    Tarin says:

    I made this with Rice-a-Roni long grain & wild rice and it came out super delicious! I did not use the bell pepper or any other pepper ingredients. My only complaint is the chicken was a little dry. Im not sure how to fix that so the chicken doesn’t cook as much but the rice still cooks thoroughly?

  16. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Tarin,

    When setting up pressure cooking program, ensure the keep warm is off to avoid overcooking. Waiting 5 minutes before releasing pressure helps the meat retain its juices.

  17. Sadierenee
    Sadierenee says:

    It was good. We made ours with a pale ale and extra spice. Chicken was a lirtke dry, not sure why.

  18. fallfav
    fallfav says:

    Flavor was good. It didn’t build pressure though and rice burnt to the bottom. I scraped it and set it to the rice setting for 10 minutes. Most of the rice was cooked. Disappointed.

  19. JoanoeGranola
    JoanoeGranola says:

    My husband loved this recipe. The rice ended up a little sticky, but nothing to complain about. The chicken was extremely tender and I barely had to cut it when I removed it from the pot. It has just the right amount of spice to create a nice bite but not burn your mouth. The crispy bacon topping adds a nice crunch to the dish.

  20. mechanic.mel
    mechanic.mel says:

    Made it for my husband and I- Delicious! Would make again 100%
    Had two good size lunches for leftovers.
    Do not use more rice than directed!

  21. Ljcrutcher
    Ljcrutcher says:

    We loved this recipe. Made it with double rice and double beer just a standard bud light. Will definitely be making this again. It was so quick and simple.

  22. A-A-Ron
    A-A-Ron says:

    This recipe is great! We like to make beercan chicken on the grill, but this works well for those winter nights when the grill is closed. I subbed the crumbled bacon topping for chopped fresh cilantro, and it made all the difference.

  23. Saxmastah
    Saxmastah says:

    I made this with chicken breast instead of thigh as that is what i had. Still delicious, roce was perfect, excellent spice! Will be making this again for sure!

  24. joannabougie
    joannabougie says:

    Tasted great! But I used jasmine rice and got a “burn” error message as the rice soaked up the liquid too quickly, stuck to the bottom, and it couldn’t reach pressure.

    Next time I will make the rice seperately.

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