Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I have a good friend on Facebook who is a little too excited for the snow to fall. I’m not exactly happy that the cold weather is coming and I’ll have to start dealing with the wet stuff once again. However, there is one good thing about cold temperatures coming – slow cooking! During the colder months of the year, I use my slow cooker multiple times a week. I even make a permanent home for it on my kitchen counter. No point lugging it out every time I use it! There’s just something comforting about a home cooked meal on a cold day. The whole house smells delicious and by supper time, I’m practically salivating to dig in and eat.
Besides making the food taste so good after cooking all day, slow cookers are also huge time savers. Pop the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning before work. When you get home, dinner is served. I find dinner hour a little less stressful on days I use the slow cooker because I’m not rushing around figuring out what to make.
I’ve made a lot of different recipes in the slow cooker using a variety of ingredients. One combination I hadn’t tried was chicken and beer. I’ve actually never cooked with beer so this was a first for me!
Rickard’s sent me a selection of their beer to try out in my cooking. I learned that beer is good for drinking and cooking….sometimes at the same time too as I discovered!
It was my first time using beer so I browsed through the Rickard’s site for some recipe inspiration. I landed on a recipe for Turkey and Sausage Chilli. I modified it a little and used ground chicken instead of turkey.
I also included a bean medley instead of edamame beans. I couldn’t find edamame beans at the grocery store. I figured it would be ok to improvise a little.
The recipe called for fresh thyme which I also couldn’t find. I ended up using 1/2 tsp of dried thyme and hoped for the best!
My two bottles of Rickard’s Blonde were ready to go. It’s known for its classic golden colour and is a full-flavoured beer with a blend of malt and four different styles of hops. It also can be used for Beer Can Chicken…but get it in the can if you want to make that recipe!
I added in the Rickard’s last to my slow cooker and I was curious to see how it would taste when it was cooked.
As it was cooking, it smelled amazing!
Chicken and Sausage Soup
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 lb Italian sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 540 ml can beans of choice
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 2 bottles of Rickard’s Blonde
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- Add the ground chicken to a pan on the stove top over medium-high heat. Brown the ground chicken, stirring frequently to break up the meat, until fully cooked.
- Do the same with the sausage to cook completely on the stove top. Transfer the meat to the slow cooker.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve hot.
It seemed more of a soup than chili to me so I’m calling mine Chicken and Sausage Soup. I could taste the flavour of the beer but without it tasting like alcohol. It was hearty and delicious! John ended up having second helpings. I will definitely make it again.
Pair it up with a sandwich like a Chicken Club Twister for a complete meal. I’d probably end up dipping my sandwich in the soup to absorb all the mouthwatering flavours.
I dug out another chicken slow cooker recipe that is also yummy – Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken. I wonder what this would taste like with a bottle of Rickard’s? Hmmmmmm
I have a few more bottles to try out including Rickard’s Lederhosen, Rickard’s White, Rickards Red and Rickard’s Dark.
Have you ever cooked your chicken with beer?
#CluckToberFest Twitter Party
You are invited to the #CluckToberFest Twitter Party on October 22nd at 9 pm EST! We will be celebrating our version of Octoberfest, which of course features chicken in the slow cooker, as well as Rickard’s!
- Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
- Time: 9 pm to 10 pm EST
- Hashtag: #CluckToberFest
- Host: @ChickenFarmers
- Co-host: @SJConsulting_CA
- Panelist: @RickardsBeer
- Prizing: Open to Canada
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