Roasted Soda Can Chicken

Roasted Soda Can Chicken

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"A different take on the typical beer can chicken. I inject the butter-based rub under the skin for better flavor. The steam from the liquid makes this moist and tender."


2 h 30 m servings 501 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 501 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 30.5 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs:
  • 15g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 41.3 g
  • 83%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 150 mg
  • 50%
  • Sodium:
  • 188 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the giblets and rinse chicken inside and out with water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Stir together butter, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper, and half the lemon juice in a bowl. Rub the mixture over the entire chicken, including the cavity and beneath the skin.
  3. Discard 1/2 of soda, leaving the rest in the can, and pour the remaining lemon juice into the can. Place the can on a baking sheet, and set the chicken upright on the can, inserting it into the cavity of the chicken. Plug the neck opening of the chicken with the onion and a squeezed lemon half to retain steam.
  4. Roast the chicken in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). Remove the chicken from the oven, discard the soda can, and cover chicken with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.
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  1. 16 Ratings


This chicken was super! I did not change much, just made a few alterations. I added an extra clove of garlic, let it sit in the fridge for about 2 hours after I rubbed it down so it could mari...

This is such a versatile recipe in that you can use multiple liquids to enhance the flavor. I have used various sodas, beer, fruit juices, and broths. The trick is the can- it is the stand. So i...

I used this recipe because I thought it was neat that you could roast it in the oven, it was winter at the time, and I had only had it on the grill made by my mother up until that point. It tur...

This chicken was bland at best, even when eaten with the skin. The meat came out moist, so luckily we can use the leftover meat for other applications.

This wasn't very good. I tried it with root beer. It is really a lot better with a good rub and a half can of beer. IMHO

Nothing special

This turned out great, but I did add a bunch of other seasonings & I used Sprite Zero. Will definitely make this again and again.

I have made this recipe and used the brown sugar/butter/garlic/lemon rub even on turkey--INCREDIBLE. The color of the skin-looks like a magazine cover-tastes great. It kills me because I have al...

Excellent recipe! I did a variation on this recipe by adding thyme, paprika, 2 tsp salt and instead of mixing the brown sugar with the rub I patted the sugar on the outside. It was moist and ...