Organic barbecue beer can chicken, summer beans and garlic bread

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Lisa Allen shows her love of seasonal and organic produce with this ultimate summer barbecue recipe, using quality corn-fed chicken (infused with beer as it cooks) and a side of vibrant summer beans. A delicious garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to share, and can be made ahead of time. Beer can chicken holders are easy to find online, but otherwise you could use a deep tray to hold the chicken upright while cooking.

First published in 2015
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Chicken marinade

Chicken sauce

Summer beans

Tear and share bread

  • 3 bulbs of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 30g of fresh yeast
  • 325ml of warm water
  • 450g of strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


  • Muslin cloth
  • Drum sieve


For the chicken, remove the wishbone with a sharp knife, then make 3 incisions into each of the legs of the chicken
In a bowl, mix 70ml of the beer with the rest of the marinade ingredients to make a paste, rub the paste into the chicken all over, place into a ziplock bag and seal. Leave to marinade for 3 hours in the fridge
After 3 hours add the rest of the beer and reseal in the bag, then leave for 24 hours to marinate then remove from the bag and pat dry with a cloth
Rub the butter under the skin and around the chicken, then season the whole chicken with salt
Open the can of beer and pour out a little of the beer so it's not quite full. Place the can into a beer can chicken holder (or prop up in a deep tray) then place the chicken onto the holder
Place the chicken onto a hot barbecue or in an oven at 190°C. Cook for 40 minutes (or until cooked through), basting the chicken twice during cooking. Once cooked, remove from the barbecue or oven, and leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving
To make the chicken sauce, in a heavy-based pan add the oil and caramelize the onions for 2–3 minutes. Add the chicken bones, garlic and thyme cook for a further 3–4 minutes
Add the Madeira and reduce the sauce by three-quarters, then add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and reduce by half until it reaches a consistency that coats the back of a spoon
  • 100ml of Madeira
  • 800ml of chicken stock
Remove the sauce from the pan and pass through a muslin cloth, or fine sieve, into a pan. Season to taste
For the summer beans, in a large pan sweat the onions in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes until soft, then add the garlic and haricot beans and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the tomato juice and stock and bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour until the beans are tender
Remove the lid, add the chorizo, fresh tomatoes, runner beans, broad beans, green beans, peas and salt and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Just before serving add the fresh herbs and a squeeze of lime
To make the bread (you can start this ahead), preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 4. Drizzle the whole garlic heads with olive oil and wrap tightly in tinfoil. Place onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 40 minutes until completely soft. Leave to cool slightly then push each garlic clove individually from its skin. Pass through a fine sieve and weigh out 40g of the roasted garlic
Dissolve the fresh yeast into the warm water. Sieve the flour and salt into a mixing bowl then add 30g of the roasted garlic paste. Mix in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, adding the yeast and water bit by bit. Mix the dough for 5 minutes until smooth
  • 30g of fresh yeast
  • 325ml of warm water
  • 450g of strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
Cover the dough with a cloth and leave in a warm place to prove for 15–20 minutes. Once proved remove from the bowl and press into a tray rectangular baking tray. Cover with a cloth and leave to prove again for 15 minutes
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Bake the bread for 12 minutes until golden brown. Mix together the remaining roasted garlic paste, a little olive oil and the dried thyme and brush over the bread
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
To serve place the chicken, sauce, vegetables and tear and share bread on the table and let everyone help themselves
First published in 2015

Lisa Goodwin-Allen's cooking is playful and twists the hallmarks of Lancastrian cuisine to invoke new tradition.

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