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This Healthier 30 Minute Beer Braised Chicken is for cold fall nights when you want a hearty and warming slow-braised chicken, but you want it ready in less than an hour. All made in the instant pot (with slow cooker and stove-stop directions too), using simple, wholesome ingredients that you may already have on hand. The key to this chicken is all in the beer, which gives the sauce a deep, rich flavor. This dish is warm, flavorful, hearty but healthy, so delicious, and great for busy nights.

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You know those recipes that are just really good? The ones you turn to time and time again because they never fail and everyone always loves them? Well, this is very much one of those recipes. And I love so much that I get to share it with you guys because it’s so perfect for the crazy months ahead.

Funny enough, this recipe was inspired by one I made way back in the very early days of writing Half Baked Harvest. I was still living at home with my family, and cooking dinner every night. When it comes to eating, my family usually sways towards the simpler, midwest style recipe. They’ve now come to love just about everything I make, but the comfort food recipes will always be their favorites.

Anyway, the original recipe that inspired today’s similar, but different, recipe was from October 2013. I still cannot believe that HBH is getting so old! It was and still is, a delicious dish, but this version is healthier, better, and easier too. Our recent extra chilly temperatures call for serious comfort food, so I pulled this out of the archives.

PS. if you want to take a little trip down memory lane, you can see the post I’m talking about here. My writing and my photos scare me, but I love that I have these super old posts to look back on. It’s really fun to see the growth and how far HBH has come since the beginning of our second year!!

As I said, my family loves comfort food and one of their favorites is chicken and rice. This is basically just the fancier upgrade. And you guys…it’s SO GOOD.

The chicken is cooked in pumpkin beer along with roasted tomatoes, seasonings, and a touch of bacon for added flavor. I like to serve this over steamed with a generous side of my favorite honey butter beer bread. (Recipe in the HBH cookbook).

It’s so cozy and so delicious, but yet pretty healthy too!

Healthier 30 Minute Beer Braised Chicken in instant pot with spoon picking chicken up out of instant pot

Here is how you make this easy beer braised chicken:

I prefer to make this in the instant pot. I recently upgraded to this one and am loving it so much. That said, I’ve also included slow cooker and stovetop cooking directions for those who may not have an Instant Pot.

First things first, start a pot of rice so that it cooks while the chicken is cooking. Yes, rice and beer bread are pretty much required with this dish. Promise you will be so happy you went along with these additions.

Next, the bacon. This adds so much flavor to this dish and using a little really goes a long way. I love the smokiness it brings.

Once the bacon has been crisped, sear the chicken right in the instant pot. Then add all the remaining ingredients…tomatoes, peppers, spices, and pumpkin beer (or whatever beer you love). Cook for 6 minutes.

Less than 10 minutes after sealing the instant pot, your dinner is complete. It’s so quick and leaves you with chicken that’s so tender it’s almost falling apart.

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As delicious as the chicken is, this recipe is all about the sauce.

It reminds me of a warming slow-cooked chili, but a little less spicy. The beer adds a really deep, rich flavor. And if using a pumpkin beer, a very subtle undertone of warming pumpkin spice as well.

To bump up the flavors of this sauce, I used a mix of chili powder, smoked paprika, and my secret ingredient, apple butter. I know it may seem weird to use apple butter in a savory chicken recipe, but the sweetness balances out the spices. Go with me on this, promise it takes this braised chicken to a whole new level of GOOD.

And you guys, that’s it. So simple, but yet so delicious, pretty healthy..ish, and an all-around a great dinner for any night of the week from now…until winter’s end. I find this especially fitting for Sunday and or Monday night dinner at home with the fam. And again, simply serve with rice (use brown rice or quinoa if you prefer) and a side of beer bread.

Nothing is more delicious. This is a top HBH recipe…as declared by my family. Enjoy, enjoy!!

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If you make this healthier 30 minute beer braised chicken, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Healthier 30 Minute Beer Braised Chicken.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 323 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

Instant Pot

  • 1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken through the flour, coating it completely.
    2. Set Instant Pot to sauté. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon. If there's excess bacon grease, drain off all but 1 tablespoon. Add the chicken to the instant pot and sear on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, cook 3 minutes. Turn the instant pot off.
    3. To the instant pot, add the beer, tomatoes, apple butter, bell pepper, chili powder, paprika, thyme, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
    4. Once done cooking, use the natural or quick release function. Set the Instant pot to sauté and bring to a boil, boil 10-12 minutes or until the liquid reduces slightly. Turn the instant pot off. Remove the thyme and discard. Stir in the parsley and reserved bacon.
    5. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice.

Slow Cooker

  • 1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken through the flour, coating it completely.
    2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon. If there's excess bacon grease, drain off all but 1 tablespoon. Add the chicken and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place directly into the slow cooker. Add the onions, garlic, beer, tomatoes, apple butter, bell pepper, chili powder, paprika, thyme, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
    3. Remove the lid, cook 30 minutes on high to thicken the sauce. Remove the thyme and discard. Stir in the parsley and reserved bacon.
    4. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice.

Stove Top

  • 1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken through the flour, coating it completely.
    2. Cook the bacon in a large braiser over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon. If there's excess bacon grease, drain off all but 1 tablespoon. Add the chicken and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Add the onions and garlic, cook 5 minutes.
    3. Reduce the heat to low. Add the beer, tomatoes, apple butter, bell pepper, chili powder, paprika, thyme, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the parsley and reserved bacon.
    4. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice.

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  1. I tried to compensate the lack of chilies in my diced tomatoes by using 2x green chilies and 2 x pacquiao peppers and a little bit more cayenne pepper. Ooohh boy. It was spicy. I ended up using red wine to lessen the spice.

    After reading a few comments about the dish being watery, I decided not to cover the pot while cooking. That worked a treat in reducing the sauce.

    Came out to be really yum! Thank you for the recipe !

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe and giving some feedback as well. I really appreciate it! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    I made this last night stove top! I was hesitant with the taste before I did the final 20-30min cook, but it turned out soooo good! Super easy! I didn’t add rice, and it was still amazing, but I bet the extra sauce would’ve been amaaaazing with something to sop it up! I’m new to cooking meats, and this was a perfect recipe to start!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, this was hot but delicious! I made it on the stovetop and used all the bacon grease for the chicken and vegetables (sauteed the red pepper along with the onions and garlic). Since a lot of people said it was too watery, I drained the tomatoes (a can and a half of Rotel fire-roasted with green chiles) and actually had to add maybe a half cup of water to compensate (so next time I won’t drain them). Served it on rice, and we both loved it, although I will say that it was almost fiery!

    1. Hey Helen,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made this on the stovetop and didn’t pay much attention to timing; the sauce reduced down beautifully, but tasted a bit raw (I suspect because I subbed canned diced tomatoes for the fire roasted HBH uses). At the end of cooking, however, the chicken was still pretty intact. Is there a trick for getting it to be sort of stringy and melded with the sauce, as it is in the pictures? I’m thinking the temperature might have been too high on the stovetop and might try putting it in the oven at a lower temperature for a bit to see what happens. Overall would DEFINITELY make again, and I think if you use the correct ingredients and bread the chicken as instructed that it’ll come out right.

  5. I am planning to make this tonight! Can I use Angry Orchard hard cider instead of beer or should I stick to beer like Yuengling? I love all of your recipes!

    1. Hey Bri,
      I think the apple cider would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jody,
      I am thrilled that you liked the recipe, thanks so much for giving it a go! Have an awesome week:) xTieghan

  6. Full disclosure – what I made is kind of a more stew-y riff on this recipe but I’m very pleased with it. For core recipe options: I made it on the stovetop, used boneless/skinless chicken thighs, a can of a local brown ale, and the maple syrup. I also added ~4oz chopped mushrooms along with the onion, threw the remaining dredging flour in with the onion mixture for a minute before adding everything else (to combat the soupiness common in the comments), and a can of drained/rinsed Great Northern beans along with the tomatoes. I ended up with a standalone stew with a thick, rich, medium-spicy sauce that I would definitely make again..

  7. I used the crock pot method and my dish came out soupy as well. It was pretty bland too. And I would not recommend using a Corona in the recipe either – ha! Thoughts about how to make it thicker? I did take the lid off the crockpot as suggested.

    1. Hey Kelsey,
      So sorry your sauce did not thicken up, was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? You can always add a touch of cornstarch to help thicken a sauce. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Tieghan. Girl. Straight up praise. Slay queen. I used Hornswoggler (stout with cacao nibs) from the Veil as my beer (cooked in the instapot) and Lemme tell you… This recipe is hearty, full bodied and has AMAZING flavor. And the flavor just intensifies and develops even more in leftovers. I can’t count the number of people I’ve sent this recipe to only 5 days later. Definitely a new staple in my kitchen! So many thanks for this!

  9. 1 star
    This recipe is not accurate and does not turn out how it looks in the picture. I spent a lot of time prepping and letting it cook on the stove and it was still soupy. Super disappointing and ruined our Sunday night dinner. Will never use any recipes from this site – and yes I followed the recipe and ingredients exactly as instructed since that is your response to everyone that says this came out soupy. Note – you should probably note that this recipe comes out spicy to those who are more sensitive to heat – my significant other could not eat this and I did not even add chili pepper and cayenne to this.

  10. Next time, I would probably cut back on the cayenne just a bit, but this was so flavorful and delicious! I served the leftovers over a baked potato and it was great!

  11. Looks fabulous! I never fell in love with my instapot. Thanks for including instructions for stovetop and the slow cooker

  12. Hey – just tried the recipe and its delicious! and subbed in chorizo chicken sausage isnt of bacon (to be pork free). however im finding that everything in the instant pot is coming out soupy and the liquid isnt boiling down as much as i’d like. any advice?

    1. Hey Nithya,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try! To thicken the sauce you want to use the sauce mode on the instant pot and if needed add a touch of cornstarch. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    Extremely tasty! Definitely making it again. Made it w/chicken thighs, Oktoberfest beer and maple syrup. Make sure you have bread to absorb some of the delish juices! I love your cookbook, I bought it not knowing you had a blog, IG and all!

  14. 5 stars
    I’ve been cooking my way through your blog, if you can’t tell by all the comments I’ve been leaving, lol. This dish was an absolute winner! I didn’t have any trouble cooking the sauce down and pulled out the chicken after about 25 minutes. It was so tender it basically fell apart! Adding this dish into our monthly rotation.

    1. I am so happy you have been enjoying my recipes, Jessica! I hope you continue to! Thank you so much!! xTieghan

  15. This is one of my go-to recipes for Instant Pot. Made it again with chicken thighs and my husband said it was 10/10.
    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and perfect directions!
    I hope you are having a nice summer.

  16. Hi there! What’s the best non-alcoholic option for this recipe? Would apple cider or simply soda water make it still come out as good?

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Yes I would do apple cider or even NA beer. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Courtney,
      I would recommend following the stove top directions as is. I hope you love the recipe! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  17. This took about 1.5 hours to prep and cook via the stovetop method. Honestly, it was bitter due to the beer (used my favorite blonde ale). I omitted the spice due to family, but lack of flavor wasn’t the problem. I’m super bummed i spent so much effort and chicken into making this. We threw out the sauce as the chicken luckily didn’t become bitter from the beer. I would sub with chicken broth next time!

    1. Hi Lily! I am sorry this took a bit longer than expected to prepare! Are there any questions I can help you with? Please let me know! xTieghan

    1. Hi Jackie,
      If you choose to do this I would only use half of the can otherwise your dish is going to be more of an Italian twist. If you can find diced tomatoes I would recommend using those!

  18. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and my hubby raved about it! Said it was best meal he’s had in years! The flavors are just wonderful. Thank you!

  19. Didn’t have beer on hand so I used chicken broth. Didn’t have rice so I served it over polenta. It was still amazing!!!

    1. Hi there! You can omit the bacon if needed. I am sorry I do not know the amount of bacon in grams.

      You can replace the apple butter with an equal amount maple syrup or honey. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  20. Is it better to substitute the pumpkin beer with a light or with a dark beer? And can I avoid yo use bacon? Thanks!

    1. Hi there! I would use a dark beer and you can just omit the the bacon from the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  21. 4 stars
    Tastes great, but took a lot longer than 30 minutes, even with everything prepped before starting. 1:20 min from start to table.
    Notes:
    Ingredient prep:
    In the comments, Tieghan notes that onions should be chopped, not sliced.
    Fire roasted tomatoes with chilies are not commonly available. Even the link here is for plain fire-roasted tomatoes.
    Pumpkin beer, not surprisingly, is seasonal.
    1/4 t. cayenne pepper is plenty spicy.
    Instructions:
    More oil was needed when adding the onion and garlic to prevent scorching.
    Timing:
    11 mins saute time: 7 minutes to come to pressure: Cooked breasts for 7 mins (they were large); 2 min to vent. Simmered uncovered for 15 minutes, but sauce was too thin. Thickened with 2 T cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c. cold water, then added to pot.
    It tasted very good, but just took a lot longer from start to finish.

    1. Hi Brenda! I am glad you enjoyed this recipe and apologize it took longer than expected! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Soooo good! I’ve made it 2 times already and my family is just in love with this recipe and so am I. Thanks for creating it and sharing it with us! ?

  23. 5 stars
    MADE IT LOVED IT!!!!!
    The flour dredged chicken made the sauce thick. The sauce was very tasty!! I used fig butter as I had it handy, and mexican beer. Gave it a great flavor!! Thank you Tieghan yet another favorite!!!

  24. Making this tonight! I happen to have fig jam — do you think that would work as a sub for apple butter? If not, I’ll use maple syrup.

    Thanks!!! Can’t wait to try this.

    1. Hi Marcy! I am sure fig jam will be great!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  25. Ok made this recipe … I have to say it did taste delicious but … in no way was this a 30minute recipe . More like 1 1/2 hrs. And the chicken needed oil added , lots more oil in order to cook all pieces . I used olive oil . Everyone did enjoy it !

    1. Hi Patti! I am really glad this recipe turned out so well for you! Please let me know if you have any questions! xTieghan

  26. 1 star
    This was unfortunately inedible. Sometimes I wonder if Tieghan plays with recipes based on feel, and later assigns estimates of measurements.. Because I made this twice assuming I must have made a giant mistake somewhere. It was basically broth that wouldn’t reduce, with all ingredients clearly seperate like a soup, not combined or saucy as the photos show. Each ingredient and instruction followed exactly using the instant pot.

    I’d also suggest more focus on videos for your website, so those can be reviewed. I really only have Instagram to view your recipe stories, but wish they were here.

    1. Hi Jenna! I am really sorry to hear that this did not work out for you. While I love playing around with recipes, I definitely write down the measurements for all of you. Please let me know if you have questions on this one. xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    We loved this! I liked that I was able to make this on a busy weeknight with the InstantPot. I did 7 minutes under high pressure on the “soup” setting and I let it simmer down on high saute after pressure cooking. It did not get quite as thick as pictured, but I thought that worked out well since it was being served over rice. Delicious!

    I have extra pumpkin beer and since no one in my household regularly drinks alcohol, I have a very good excuse to make this again in the near future. And maybe I’ll make that awesome looking 5-ingredient beer bread recipe you have too. 🙂 Thanks for the meal inspiration!

  28. Mine had flavour but was very soupy. Yours looks very thick almost. Any ideas where I may have gone wrong? :/

    1. Hi Jill! For a thicker sauce, just simmer this down a bit more in the instant pot on saute. Try an additional 10 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  29. We’ve made this twice and it is really great! The beer flavor really comes through. We use Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, but I think a brown ale would be good too. If you want a thicker, smoother sauce, remove the chicken after cooking, mash the tomatoes and add some corn starch. Perfection! One question though is how to sauté more than 2 breasts in the instant pot? Would you do them one at a time?

    1. HI! I have an 8qt instant pot and can fit 2-3 breast in at a time. What size are you using?

      I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    Is there anything Tieghan can’t do good! This is the 2nd recipe I’ve tried and it was sooo good! I didn’t have beer so I used Coke and it turned out great. This dish was full of flavor with perfectly cooked moist chicken! My hubby loved it and went back for more! I’ll be keeping this recipe to make again soon!

  31. 4 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner. Perfect for a blustery fall day. Very filling. The sauce was interesting though. My kids thought it was too spicy, so I served just the chicken and rice to them, no sauce. My husband and I liked the heat and felt it was perfect and warming rather than over powering. However the sauce reminded us of a cheap enchilada sauce. Which we weren’t sure if we were thrilled over. I used an IPA, a tablespoon of pumpkin puree and another of homemade apple butter. Well enjoy the ample leftovers, and I may make this again with some tweaks. Maybe cumin and oregano?
    Love your recipes, thank you for sharing!

  32. Can I make this recipe with frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot? (I want to make it tonight but didn’t plan ahead!)

    1. Hi Allie! Yes, frozen breast work well. Just add 4 minutes to the instant pot cooking time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  33. 5 stars
    My husband and I loved this meal! It was full of flavor and perfect for a chilly day. Bonus that it was super easy to make and nit very expensive! We will definitely be adding this into our meal rotation 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren! I would recommend cooking on high pressure for only 4 minutes. Simmer the sauce for the same amount of time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. HI! Pumpkin butter will be great. Love that idea! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jen! Yes, keep the cover off when reducing the sauce at the end of cooking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  34. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! A perfect, simple, quick cool-weather recipe! The flavors were excellent. The sweetness of the red pepper and the smoky bacon were great! We are it with my favorite sweet cornbread which was a hit. I suggest taking the chicken out of the instant pot at the end while you are boiling-down the liquid. I find the instant pot can already overcook chicken.

  35. 5 stars
    YUM! Totally fall comfort food with a kick. I didn’t have any apple butter on hand so I used pumpkin butter. I also used a pumpkin ale as the beer. Will definitely make this again.

  36. Tieghan you did it again!!! This was so yummy?. I made it with boneless chicken thighs and used a 16oz. can of Ale. I also drained the tomatoes a little and sautéed the red pepper with the onions and garlic. I let it simmer a little longer because I always do. The sauce was thickened just right and so delicious. Served it over rice with roasted broccoli on the side. Thank you again for all your amazing recipes!!!

    1. That is so great to hear! I am so glad you loved this recipe and it turned out amazing! Thank you Dawn! xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    Made this delicious and spicy dish two nights ago using the stove top method and a 5 quart sauté pan. Individual bottles of Voodoo Daddy pumpkin beer were stocked at AJ’s, our Phoenix area upscale market, so I was able to prepare the recipe with the recommended ingredients. Reading through the comments I added an extra slice of bacon. Comments also suggested needing extra time to boil off excess liquid which added 10 minutes to my cooking time. I think the extra cooking time allowed my chicken to be “fall apart” delicious like it was cooked in my slow cooker.
    Tieghan, thanks for including all three cooking methods with this recipe. I occasionally use my Instant Pot, but feel I have more control over cooking an exquisite recipe when I cook it on my gas stove. Well done Tieghan and keep up your great work!
    Gerry Smith

    1. Hi Gerry! Sounds like this turned out perfectly for you, and I am so glad it did! Thank you so much for trying this! xTieghan

  38. 5 stars
    Holy. Moly. I made this tonight for my husband and I. It was SO GOOD! It had a perfect amount of heat without being overly spicy. We had it with mashed potatoes and the Honey Beer Bread from the cookbook. Both were perfect for sopping up the sauce. This was a hit for us! It’s definitely going on the remake list.

  39. 5 stars
    So easy and so good! Happened across this recipe as I was trying to find something for three leftover chicken breasts and I had every ingredient handy except the red pepper- it’s great without that too ☺️ Thank you!

  40. The stove top recipe needs to be amended so that the sauce reduces and the chicken does not dry out. It says to partially cover and simmer for 30min- I had to adjust when I noticed that the sauce was too liquid. Causing the chicken to stay in the heat too long while the sauce thickened up on a higher heat with no cover.

  41. 5 stars
    Really tasty!!! We ended up using thighs with bone in but skinless as we enjoy dark meat better! So tender!

    We did make a flour slurry to thicken the sauce a bit!

    Did omit bacon bc my husband can’t eat pork but still had a ton of flavor

    1. Hey Whitney, personally I feel it is safe and I know it’s also something my mom would feed her kids (I am 1 of 7). The alcohol does get cooked out and only add flavor to the sauce, BUT that said I am by no means a medical professional and do not feel comfortable advising you on this. So sorry I was not able to help you further. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

    1. Hey Emily, the bacon gets stirred in towards the end of cooking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  42. I made this on Saturday and it was a hit with the entire family! We had it for lunch on Sunday and I think it was even better the second day.

  43. 5 stars
    I made this tonight – including the bread! It turned out AWESOME! Definitely will be making again 🙂 Thank you!!

  44. 3 stars
    So I usually cut the spicy ingredient in half in recipes bc my husband doesn’t like spicy food. But I’m a fan of spice. That being said, I used only 1/4 tsp of cayenne and this dish was fire. I had to add heavy cream to try to decrease the spicy-ness.

  45. Hi Tieghan – any suggestions for a beer substitute? I’m gluten free and although there are gf beers, most aren’t tasty enough to warrant buying a pack for a recipe… Thank you!

    1. Hi there!! I would recommend using an equal amount of apple cider. I think that will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  46. 2 stars
    I used chicken thighs and slow cooker on high for 3 hrs. Color is NOTHING like in the picture. Mine is watery, all vegetables are clearly visible/not cooked down, and flavor is very bland. We usually love meals made from HBH recipes but this was a definite loser for my family.

    1. Hi Marta, So sorry you are having trouble. Was there anything different you did? I’ve never had issues with the sauce not cooking down and I definitely have never found this to be bland. Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. It’s hard to know without knowing any details. Hope I can help you! xTieghan

  47. 5 stars
    Followed recipe. Used maple syrup instead of apple butter. Delicious, quick meal. Perfect for fall, great leftovers! Reduced perfectly, great seasoning!

    1. Hi Noel, yes you can. Just add 5-8 minutes (depending on the size of your breast) to the cooking time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  48. So the goal this weekend is to make this, along with the pumpkin choc. chip cookies! What do you thinking of subbing apple butter with pumpkin butter? Would it not be sweet enough?

    1. Hey JB! I actally think using pumpkin butter could be really delicious! It will give you a creamier sauce too. Great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe and let me know how it turns out with the pumpkin butter! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  49. This was delicious!! I used chicken thighs because that’s what i had and it was so good I’m definetly making this again!

  50. 5 stars
    My family LOVED this. Rarely do I find a recipe that all five of us love, and this was it! I didn’t have pumpkin beer, just used a regular beer. I also didn’t have apple butter. I didn’t substitute it either and we still loved it. I will try to remember to get apple butter and include it next time. We had everything in the house, it was so easy and so good!
    Thank you!

  51. 4 stars
    I made this on the stove top and it turned out great! No pumpkin bear where I live so I used a malty beer + chicken thighs for more taste and I left it to simmer on Iow for 1 hour. Leftovers taste even better the next day! Love these “all in a pot” recipes.

    1. Hey Meghan,

      So sorry you are having trouble. Did you cook in the instant pot? Was there anything different you did? I’ve never had issues with the sauce not cooking down. Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. It’s hard to know without knowing any details. Hope I can help you! xTieghan

  52. Hi Tieghan, I saw u making this on ig stories & i bought some beer today to make this! My question is: could i double the recipe? I have a large ip so i think capacity wise, im fine. Im a novice with the ip so just wante dto check in & get your thoughts.
    Much love and thanks for your yummy recipes,
    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa! You can double the recipe, but use only 1 1/2 for the amounts of liquid (so 1 1/2 for the beer and tomatoes). I fear your sauce could be a little runny if doubled. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  53. 2 stars
    Tried this out last night and was pretty disappointed! The dish did not have nearly as much flavor as I expected. It was easy and cheap to prepare, so that’s a plus, but I will not be cooking it again. Onto the next recipe!

  54. There is no such thing as pumpkin beer where I live.
    Would a pilsener be good enough for this recipe? or maybe some dry cider?

    1. Hi Alina! A Pilsner or cider will be great!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  55. Boneless & skinless, or just boneless chicken breasts?? Cut up chicken breasts or leave them whole(halfs) Onions left in thin slices, or chopped up as well? Drain the tomato can or just all in?
    I think I would have done a little better if each step was illustrated, not just the end result. Overall mine seemed quite “soupy” and thin, even after trying to reduce …I added a slurry of cornstarch n to thicken it up a little… I added a wisp odd liquid smoke, and used cilantro n instead of parsley. I think the beer matters too, I ended up using a 2st amendment blood orange IPA, which in the end was a little too bitter….I think an amber or a brown ale would have been better, more malty than hoppy…(next time!) End result flavor was good though, will try again with a couple tweaks (like more bacon ?)

    1. Hi, I use boneless skinless chicken breast. I leave the breast whole. I chop the onions and I do not drain the tomatoes. It’s listed out in the directions.

      Hope the second time goes much better for you!! And adding more bacon is always a great idea! xTieghan

    1. Hi Heather, I typically use 4-5 breast. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hey Rachel! You cam use an equal amount of maple syrup. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  56. This recipe looks so good. I’m trying to figure out how to make it a one pot meal…so I need to add more vegetable(s). What would you suggest?

    1. Hi Shanne! I think that cubed sweet potatoes would be delicious OR try adding an additional bell pepper + sliced mushrooms. Or maybe some shredded kale or spinach? Any of these will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hi Kena, That is beer bread. The recipe can be found in my cookbook. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hi Kathleen! You can use an equal amount of maple syrup. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

    1. Hi Kristen! Yes, chicken thighs will be great! I would cook in high pressure for 8 minutes when using thighs. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???