How to Make Beer Battered Chicken

Next up we will tackle how to make beer battered chicken. Beer battered chicken is one of the most popular dishes in America. It’s so popular, in fact, that it can be found on menus from coast to coast. The dish is easy enough for a home cook to prepare and has endless variations. Here are some great recipes for beer battered chicken you can try at your next family dinner or party!

how to make beer battered chicken

What is Beer Batter

Beer batter is a type of batter that uses beer as the major ingredient. It’s usually made from about three parts flour, one part cornstarch, and one part baking powder to two parts beer. This mixture is then mixed with a little water to make a thick paste which coats the food in a thin crust.

Beer batter is the preferred method of coating fish because it provides a thin, crunchy crust that doesn’t overpower the flavor of the fish.

Recipe for How to Make Beer Batter Chicken

The following Beer Batter chicken recipe will yield four boneless, skinless chicken breast halves. Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves are cut into strips and then coated in beer batter. The strips of chicken are fried until golden brown and then set aside while the sauce mixture is prepared.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (cut into bite-sized strips)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil (for frying)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup beer
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, paprika and salt until well blended. Stir in enough beer to make a smooth batter. The batter should be just thick enough to coat the chicken.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Dip half of the chicken in the batter, letting any excess drip back into bowl. Fry for five minutes or until golden brown, turning once during cooking. Drain on paper towels and keep warm while frying remaining chicken.
  • Wipe the skillet clean and add butter and garlic powder. Heat until bubbly and well mixed, about one minute then add in thyme leaves. Add in beer and remaining tablespoon of paprika then bring to a gentle boil for ten minutes or until mixture becomes thickened into sauce.
  • After all chicken is cooked, pour sauce over it before serving.

Side Dishes for Beer Batter Chicken

Serve with sides that have a complementary flavor profile, such as beer batter chicken and beer batter onion rings. These go well with cole slaw or seasoned french fries. For a different twist on mashed potatoes, try roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Substitute olive oil for the butter and use a food processor to blend the garlic into a smooth paste.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb bag of potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp salt Pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, crush the garlic with a fork to make a paste. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking then add in the garlic and cook for one minute.
  • Add in potatoes and stir to coat with garlic and oil before adding milk. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Mash the potatoes into creamy consistency then add salt, pepper and more milk if needed.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately to prevent cooling.

Seasoned French Fries Ingredients

  • 1 lb russet potatoes (cut into fries)
  • 2 tbsp oil for frying


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the fries in a large bowl and drizzle oil over them, stirring gently until they are well coated.
  • Spread the fries out on the baking sheet so that they are not touching each other. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and crispy. Serve immediately.

Beer Batter Onion Rings


  • 2 large, sweet onions (such as Vidalia or Bermuda)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • Cut the onion into one-inch rings then separate the rings. Put them in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and beer until well blended. The batter should be just thick enough to coat onions rings.
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then remove onion rings from ice water and blot dry with a paper towel before dipping them into the batter.
  • Fry onion rings in small batches for about five minutes or until golden brown before draining on paper towels. Serve immediately with ketchup, ranch dressing or syrup flavored with lemon juice and thyme leaves.

Beer batter chicken is a delicious way to prepare your chicken, even though it might be tricky at first. Beer batter chicken tastes great when served with side dishes that have complementary flavors in them. To make tasty mashed potatoes try roasting garlic and using olive oil instead of butter. For delicious seasoned french fries, cut the potato into proper fry shapes and coat it in oil before baking until crispy. Onion rings can be made by dipping them into the same beer batter that is used to coat the french fries. You can then serve it with ketchup, ranch dressing or even syrup flavored with lemon juice and thyme leaves. Now that you have finished reading this article on how to make beer batter chicken, follow the instructions carefully so that you too will be able enjoy it!



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