Island Style Ginger Beer Chicken

I was introduced to ginger beer (not real beer) last summer with a special cocktail called Moscow Mules.  Ginger beer has no alcohol but is made with concentrated ginger syrup mixed with carbonated water.  I served this delicious chicken with Mango Salsa and Roasted Potatoes.  With leftovers one night I served it with my Black Beans.  I have  adapted this recipe from a recent issue of Cuisine Tonight.

Island Style Ginger Beer Chicken

  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon
  • 1 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika (Hungarian)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Pulse the above ingredients and place in a bowl. Add:

  • 6-12 oz. ginger beer ( I used 6 oz.)
  • 2-4 chicken breasts (if they are thick I will often pound them to make them thinner and cook more evenly)

Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours, or even overnight would be fine.

Preheat the grill or grill pan .  Remove chicken and pat dry with paper towels.  Season with kosher salt and spray chicken and grill with non-stick spray.

Grill, until browned and the chicken registers 165°F to 170°F depending on the thickness of your chicken. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.

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18 thoughts on “Island Style Ginger Beer Chicken

  1. What a treat Judi… Love ginger beer, and LOVE Moscow Mules :)) You know, I’m always on the lookout for sweet Hungarian paprika and I can never find any. Where did you get yours from? A lot of recipes call for it, and I just have the smoked paprika, but not the sweet. The ingredients sound wonderful, and a good recipe to have on hand now that the warmer weather prompts barbeque season 🙂


    • Thanks Loretta – I was happy to find a recipe where I could use ginger beer instead of just in a Moscow Mule. I did have a little difficulty finding the sweet paprika but I cannot remember where I found it. I will check the stores near me; Kroger, Buschs, Meijer, Whole Foods and Trader Joes – I found it in only one of those stores!


  2. Absolutely love ginger beer, but have never cooked with it (save them for dark and stormies, myself!). But sounds like I should give it a try!!


  3. This chicken sounds fabulous, Judi! I love that this can be prepped the night before…it makes the actual cooking time so much easier after a busy day. Great combo of ingredients in the marinade. Thanks for sharing another must try recipe. 🙂


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