MNF Beer-y Wings

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When you think about chicken wings, you usually think: Buffalo Wings, right? Not this time, beer fans! Remind me later this winter to give you another (old family recipe) for using wings but for Monday Night Football, this one is pretty hard to beat! So easy to do and can be used for other parts of the chicken, too. You can use small drumsticks (skin on) or even thighs (ditto) and cut in small pieces … stick in a toothpick and you’ve got more nibbles! Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!

The chicken has a slight lemony flavor but there is no lemon in it! You’ll want to start this one in advance so the chicken can marinate well but it takes just a few minutes to finish off.

Enjoy these and hope MY team wins!

Beer-y Chicken Wings

  • 12 Chicken wings (or thighs, small drumsticks or a combination)
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of your favorite beer, divided
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled


  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Chop the wings into 3 parts, discarding the tip (or saving it for the soup pot). If using drumsticks, trim excess fat but leave whole. If using thighs, trim and cut into 1” square bites leaving skin on both for flavor and to keep them from drying out.

Remove 1 Tbsp. beer and place in a small bowl (for the sauce).

In a shallow bowl in which all the chicken will fit in one layer (or in a non-reactive rimmed pan), mix the beer, salt, pepper, thyme and salt. Arrange the chicken wings (and other pieces) in the marinade; turn to coat well on all sides. Let sit at room temperature for a couple of hours, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine the reserved tablespoon of beer thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper and stir well.

Drain the chicken well on paper towels and arrange on a broiling tray. Brush with the sauce; sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Broil or grill for about 5 minutes (if using drumsticks and/or thighs, cook a little longer). Turn and baste again with remaining sauce and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Continue broiling until they are golden brown and still juicy, about 5 – 6 minutes more.

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One Response to MNF Beer-y Wings

  1. Eric says:

    What do you think of using a crock pot with this recipe? Eric

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