Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce
posted in: Chicken, Main Dish        date: 06.03.13

Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce

In our early days of cooking, one of our staple meals was chicken with potatoes and a green vegetable. (See this post from 2008.) We had chicken breasts a few times a week, and now we have them maybe once every week or two. There was a reason we ate them so frequently back then – they’re simple and quick. Six years later, there are still nights we need a meal like that. Doesn’t everyone, at least occasionally? Of course, our skills have grown and improved and we can usually bang out a meal in a pretty short amount of time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy an easy meal like this every now and then.

This recipe is ridiculously easy but yields a fantastic result. The chicken is cooked first, then the remaining ingredients are added and cooked to create the sauce. One skillet is all you need. The sauce is delicious, and I wanted to pour it over everything on my plate (maybe I did after I snapped the picture). We used a seasonal summer beer in the sauce and had more with our meal. We all loved this and having a quick meal like this on a weeknight meant we still had plenty of time for playing and enjoying an evening walk with Clara before starting dinner. That’s an all around win.

  • COOK TIME: 18 minutes
  • YIELD: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced shallot

  • ½ cup beer

  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
  • 1

    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for about 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through. This will depend on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Remove from pan and keep warm.

  • 2

    Add the shallots to the pan and cook for about 1 minute. Add the beer, soy sauce, mustard and honey to the skillet and bring to a boil, making sure to scrape up any browned bits. Cook until the liquid has reduced to ½ cup, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet and coat with sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately, spooning additional sauce over the chicken.

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COMMENTS: ( 12 )
  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    I love making a simple dinner like chicken, potatoes, and vegetables. Your chicken looks so delicious with that sauce! The sauce has so many things that I love in it. I’d love to try this soon!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    I love making a simple dinner like chicken, potatoes, and vegetables. Your chicken looks so delicious with that sauce! The sauce has so many things that I love in it. I’d love to try this soon!

  • You are so right–we all need simple recipes like this, especially for busy weeknights. This looks great!

  • Kelsey

    You are so right–we all need simple recipes like this, especially for busy weeknights. This looks great!

  • I made a recipe similar to this and it was amazing! Can’t wait to try this version! I don’t love beer, but I love a yummy beer sauce!

  • I made a recipe similar to this and it was amazing! Can’t wait to try this version! I don’t love beer, but I love a yummy beer sauce!

  • ErinsFoodFiles

    Simple is my favorite adjective when meal-planning! This is going on the list! 🙂

  • ErinsFoodFiles

    Simple is my favorite adjective when meal-planning! This is going on the list! 🙂

  • Josie

    I’ve had this on my weekly menu SO many times, and it keeps getting pushed off for one reason or another. I am determined to make it though, especially after seeing your post!

  • I’ve had this on my weekly menu SO many times, and it keeps getting pushed off for one reason or another. I am determined to make it though, especially after seeing your post!

  • hailey

    These look so good, and these days ‘easy’ is the perfect meal on a weekday 🙂 I can’t wait to give this a try!

  • hailey

    These look so good, and these days ‘easy’ is the perfect meal on a weekday 🙂 I can’t wait to give this a try!