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So? You guys remember this bread?

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From last Tuesday? The 5 ingredient Beer Bread? You might not since that happened to be one of the days (yes DAYS) my site was having major issues, but thank God those issue have been resolved – I hope!

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How cute and awesome is that pumpkin beer bottle? I am kind of obsessed with it. I have used it in WAY too many photos, but I just cannot get enough of it.

That little pumpkin gets me every time. I just like staring at it, he (or she!) makes me smile.

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And not even because I am going drink it, heck I still can’t even legally buy it!

Nope, I really just like using it to cook with, I also like having that cute little pumpkin face stare back at me while I cook. Thankfully, I have my dad to buy me my booze. He actually said the other day, “you know, for someone who does not even drink you sure go through a lot of alcohol, and not the cheap stuff either”.

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Anyway, if you did not see this bread go check it out. It’s a good one and it is especially good served alongside this chicken.

The beer bread recipe was originally my grandmas. The tasty, simple recipes are always the ones with staying power. They are the ones that get passed around and around the family, and this one is no exception. And since today is her birthday this is a great opportunity to thank her for holding on to this and many other family “classics”. Happy Birthday Nonnie!

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Basically, this chicken is the easiest tastiest fall meal. Just throw everything in and cook all day. Then make some bread and you are done.

If you want an extra layer of flavor you can brown the chicken before adding it to the crock pot, it does add some pretty good flavor, but if you’re short on time you can totally skip this. Seriously, sometimes I brown the chicken, sometimes I don’t, but either way it is still awesome!

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Oh and can I just say, that if you are having a busy/rough/just plain annoying week this is definitely your meal. It is SO easy and so warm and cozy… and so no fuss.

Plus, if you have some people or someone or something who is maybe just slightly getting on your very last nerve (like I do today), this is the meal that’s going to make you feel better. Seriously.

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Crockpot Pumpkin Beer Braised Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 492 kcal

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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs I used chicken breast
  • 2 andouille sausage links quartered
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) pumpkin beer or whatever you have on hand or love!
  • 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • cooked white or brown rice for serving


  • Scatter the onions in the bottom of the crockpot. Add the red peppers, andouille sausage, tomatoes, green chilies, hot sauce, chili powder, paprika, thyme, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the chicken and beer. Submerge the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • 30 minutes before the chicken is done cooking, add the corn starch mixture and stir to combine. Cook on high for 20 to 30 minutes more or until the sauce thickens. If the sauce gets too thick, too fast you may add water or chicken broth to thin. If the sauce is not thickening enough, leave the lid off for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with rice, [beer bread |] and garnish with fresh parsley.

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Crockpot Beer Braised Chicken – Problems solved.

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    1. Hey Lauren,
      Just a basic red bell pepper from the grocery store. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  1. Do you drain the can of tomatoes? Have you/anyone reading this try this recipe with a Pale Ale?

    Can’t wait to make this!!

    1. Hey Catherine,
      I do not drain the tomatoes, and any beer that you enjoy will work here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  2. Hi! I am a very pregnant, soon to be mom and trying to freeze ahead some crock pot meals. Do you think this would be okay to freeze (uncooked) and then thaw and dump in the crock pot later on?

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Yes that should work well! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. Hi Tieghan! I’m a long-time reader and this is my absolute favorite recipe of yours! I make it every Fall just as soon as the temperatures dip into the 60s (that’s chilly here in NC!) I’m wondering if there is a way to adapt this for the Instant Pot? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hey Molly!! I would cook for 8-10 minutes on high pressure in the instant pot. I have not tested that, BUT I do think it would work well! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you for all the kind words and support over the years! xTieghan

  4. I feel kind of stupid even asking this, but next to the Diced Tomatoes it says 14 and next to the beer it says 12, is this supposed to mean 14 oz of tomatoes? and 12 oz of beer? I don’t want to mess it up!

    1. Hi! It’s 1 (14 ounce) can tomatoes and 1 (12 ounce) beer. So sorry for any confusion. I have fixed the recipe! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  5. I tried this recipe this weekend. I usually cook one meal and freeze it for dinner for the week (I live solo). It is delicious! I didn’t have all the spices so added extra hot sauce and served with rice. I also made the beer bread, which is my NEW FAVORITE! SO EASY. SO DELICIOUS. Your blog makes me want to cook and have fun in the kitchen again – I was on hiatus 😉 Thanks!

  6. I made this tonight for dinner and my husband and I both really liked it. I did not think it was at all bland but instead really flavorful. I followed the recipe and used chicken breasts. They were delicious and moist..easy to shred. The only things I did differently was used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and some chicken stock along with the pumpkin beer. Was delicious! Definitely making it again. Thanks for the recipe..looking forward to trying your other recipes as well!

    1. Hey patricia! Got it! I think that will work great! I would thaw overnight in the fridge then cook. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi! Yes, I think that should work great, but I personally have not tried it. I would freeze it cooked and then thaw and warm on the stove or in the crockpot until heated through. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

    1. Hey Madison! Yes, I would say on high for 4-6 hours would be great. Just make sure the chicken is fully cooked prior to eating. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

  7. I made a few substitutions for spices since I am a wimp when it comes to spicy things, however I followed the basic instructions and it was fabulous!

  8. that our delight with chicken breast even better I will recommend this site to my sister she’s doing culinary school here in Brazil.

  9. Hi…I made this recipe exactly as written. Flavors good but the chicken turned out very, very tough. What went wrong? Thanks!

  10. Just made this today. It was delicious! My husband says it’s kind of like gumbo without the sassafrass. I didn’t use the hot sauce because my picky son doesn’t like spicy food, so I figured the cayenne and chilis would be enough. I made the beer bread to go along with it. This recipe is going into our ‘regular rotation’! I used Blue Moon’s pumpkin ale this time, but since that’s only available in the fall, I’m sure lots of other beers would do.

  11. I just found your website yesterday and already I have the beer basted chicken in my crackpot. I can’t wait to try some other recipes. You are an amazing young lady. Cook, blogger, photographer! Your family must be so proud.

  12. This sounded good but I made it exactly as written and did not like it at all. Ate it the first night and hoped it would be better leftover. It wasn’t so I had to throw it out.

  13. Definitely on the menu this week!

    One quick question…so I just dump the canned tomatoes/ green chilies in or do they need to be drained?


  14. I was wondering if you could recommend a different beer? We live in a very small town that doesn’t have too much variety. when it comes to any alcohol!
    We usually just drink Bud Lite. Im not sure if that would be good in this recipe? Let me know your thoughts? thanks!

    1. Hey Kathy,
      Whatever beer you drink will be great! Soo bud light is perfect! 🙂 Hope you love this!

  15. I am trying this for 12 people. It sounded so yummy. I’ll tell you if I did well by your recipe.

    Thanks for this.

  16. Just tried making this dish today- turned out great! I love the smell and the flavor. Will definitely be revisiting this dish in the future, and will be looking through your recipes for more keepers. Thanks for sharing!

  17. We *love* this recipe. I made it a few times last year and just made it again this weekend. I think we’re like the commenter above…. it definitely wasn’t spicy enough for us on the first go round. For people who want more of a kick – sub out one of the red peppers for some jalapenos. We do 2 jalapenos and a poblano. I also add some more hot sauce. My husband still adds some extra-extra spice with a little Cholula. You can really easily tailor this with additional spices! 🙂

  18. I gave this recipe a try yesterday and was thoroughly disappointed. It was bland to my palate. I’m not sure what I did wrong since I followed it perfectly.

  19. Made this recipe this weekend and have been enjoying all week. We used chicken thighs (8 since they’re smaller than breasts) and they shredded perfectly. We also used more sausage since our favorite brand is on the mild side. Definitely a keeper. Just what the doctor ordered for a rainy Seattle day!

  20. I would really like to make this but i don’t own a crockpot..
    Is it possible to make it on the stove top?
    Greetings from the Netherlands

    1. HI! You can make this in the oven, just bake everything in a covered pot at 350 for 3-4 hours or at a lower temp for longer. Please let me know if you have any more questions and I hope you love this!

      1. Hi!
        I made this yesterday. It was great 🙂 my boyfriend finished 2 plates! I did not add the sausage because we do not have it here.
        I am looking forward to making more of your recipes!!
        They always look so wonderfull!

  21. Sounds like a great recipe! I am going to try it today. Are there any other vegetables you can recommend adding to the mixture or having on the side?

    1. I think that and roasted veggie such as broccoli or fall squashed would be great! You could also add them to the crockpot as well. Hope you lave this!

  22. I made this for dinner. My husband almost threatened to eat himself into a coma it was so good. Thank you for the recipe!

  23. I made this tonight and it was incredible! I often admire your blog but this is the first recipe I’ve ever made from your site and it was simple and delicious. Thank you for sharing!(:

  24. Fantastic recipe, The Man won’t stop raving about it. I modified the recipe slightly and used fresh hot peppers from my garden.

  25. Hi Tieghan!

    I wanted to see if it would ​be ok if we featured your recipe for Crockpot Beer Braised Chicken on One of the main goals of the site (created by the Brewers Association​) is to bring craft beer to the dinner table, either through pairings or as an ingredient in foods.

    I would create a post similar to this: and include your bio/logo/link to your site. It would be shared on our homepage and promoted though our social media channels.

    Please let me know if this would be possible! Thanks again!

  26. I know I’m a bit late to this one, but if I skipped the sausage do you think this would still work? Love your recipes!

    1. Hey Liz! I think you are fine to skip the sausage, but there will just be a little less flavor to the sauce. Hope you love this and thanks for making it!

  27. This recipe sounds delicious, and I would really want to try it, but I’m not a spicy hot sauce eater. Should I just leave out the hot sauce, chillies, and cayenne? I know it won’t be as flavorful so can you suggest other spices?

    Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Hi!

      Yes, just leave those things out and honestly you do not really need to add anything. The beer and thyme add great flavor! Hope you love this!

  28. That looks like one heck of a delicious meal!! I bet your cooking makes your family very happy!! 😉

  29. This recipe looks hearty and delicious — perfect for fall! I have a similar recipe, except that it uses a jar of olives. My husband really dislikes olives, but I make it anyway since I love it so much. But I’ll have to try your version — might help to keep both of us happy : )

  30. This is gorgeous! I am a huge fan of pumpkin beer. I wait for it all year. I haven’t seen that one, I’ll have to look for it next time!

  31. Haha too funny! I can legally buy alcohol but I don’t drink – I do like cooking with it though! Your chicken sounds amazing!

    1. Ha! Yeah, I am not a drink, even if I were of age (getting real close though). It’s just not for me!

      Thanks Laura!

  32. Ha! You crack me up. I am like you and can’t legally buy alcohol, but it is such a great addition to recipes that it is always good when you can have some around to use. This recipe is beautiful! It is definitely my kind of meal, throw it in and wait for it!

  33. I love cooking with beer! And crockpots. I will definitely be adding this to the repertoire!

  34. OMG you are on a beer kick and I like it!! Because I am obsessed with beer! Saw you commenting on the Beeroness and she is AWESOME! LOVE this and definitely gonna try this! You would love the Pumpkin Spice Ale muffins I made recently!

  35. For a second, I saw the title and read “Crockpot Beer Braised Bread”— I think my mind was still distracted by your beer bread last week. HAHA!

    Ugh, Tieghan, you are going to be responsible for my crockpot purchase soon, I swear. This is my kinda meal!

  36. This chicken looks amazing. I want to reach through the screen and grab one of this bowls and that really adorable bottle of beer. Pinned.

  37. I used Jaw-Jacker beer and minced fresh rosemary in my beer bread! I almost passed out it was so good with beef stew!! ROAR

    Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

  38. This looks incredible! Who doesn’t love a rich and satisfying chicken dish? Especially when it involves beer!

  39. This looks SO good…and I love that it’s so few ingredients!
    You should come link up for my What’s Cooking Wednesdays linkup!

  40. Perfect timing, I literally JUST cleaned off my crockpot, realized it was broken (I’ve had it for 4 years and never used it) and bought a new one at B,B&B yesterday! Woohooo. Thanks for sharing!

  41. I’m just starting to pull out my crockpot this fall. Meals like this are all I am craving!

  42. Beautiful photos as always and yes that bottle is cute so keep using it until pumpkin season is over 😉

  43. Love that deep rich color of the sauce. I love cooking with beer. That reminds me I have a cookbook entirely focused on cooking with beer, must find it and try some.