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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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    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!

  1. 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!

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.