Beer Brined Paprika Chicken with IPA Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce + Giveaway

Beer Brined Paprika Chicken with IPA roasted red pepper cream sauce

When you decided to dedicate your life to cooking with beer, people ask questions. Sometimes those questions follow puzzled looks at the grocery store at 8am while pushing a cart full of beer.

More commonly it’s during interviews, which have become more and more frequent over the past year (apparently I’m the foremost leading expert in cooking with beer). The questions are usually similar: “How did you get into cooking?” “What’s your favorite beer?” “How is that you’re not fat?”

The past three interviews I’ve had a new question come up all three times: “What are your favorite kitchen items?”

I did an entire interview for the May issue of Imbibe’s print magazine about things I can’t live without. To be honest, the answer changes a bit from moment to moment, but one thing that always seems to fall into that Can’t Live Without category is my Le Creuset cast iron skillet. I’ve cooked everything from cake to steak in mine and it’s my go to for quick dinners. Without hesitation it’s the pan I’d choose over all the others.

red skillet

With a little inspiration from that question, and the upcoming gift giving festivities, I’m giving some of my favorite things away. A cherry red Le Creuset cast iron skillet (my absolute favorite), an autographed copy of my cookbook: The Craft Beer Cookbook, and salt that I love so much I carry some around in my purse: Smoked Maldon Salt.

I’m even sharing a recipe from my book that I make in that go-to cast iron skillet. It even tastes great made with some of that smoked salt I love so much.

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Beer Brined Paprika Chicken with IPA Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce


    For the Chicken:
  • 1 cup IPA beer
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbs kosher salt, plus ¼ tsp, divided
  • 3 lbs chicken, bone in, skin on (thighs, legs, wings)
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tbs sour cream
  • 2 tbs IPA
  • 1 roasted red pepper (from a jar is fine)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Rice for serving


  • Add the beer, chicken broth and salt to a bowl, stir to combine. Add the chicken, place bowl in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours. Remove chicken from the brine, rinse, pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, sweet paprika, onion powder, nutmeg, and cayenne. Add the Chicken, toss until well coated. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 to fifteen minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the chicken, fat side down, and allow to brown, about 4 minutes. Turn chicken over and place cast iron skillet in the oven, cook at 425 for 18 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. (If you don’t own a large enough cast iron skillet to accommodate the chicken, brown chicken in batches and place on a baking sheet that has been covered with aluminum foil. Place baking sheet in the oven, cook at 425 for 18 to 20 minutes.)
  • While the chicken is cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients to a food processor, process until smooth.
  • Plate chicken on top of rice, cover with sauce prior to serving.


Favorite Things GIveaway

In the spirit of Holiday Giving, I’ve teamed up with some pretty fantastic bloggers to give away a few of our favorite things.

Enter my giveaway by using the Rafflecopter widget below, but don’t forget to check out the other blogs and enter those giveaways as well.

1. Bakeaholic Mama 2. Pineapple and Coconut 3. Fabtastic Eats 4. The Lemon Bowl 5. Foodness Gracious 6. Rachel Cooks 7. Dine and Dish 8. Big Bear’s Wife 9. Nutmeg Nanny 10. Savory Simple 11. What Megan’s Making 


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337 thoughts on “Beer Brined Paprika Chicken with IPA Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce + Giveaway

  1. Mmm!! I love paprika! I use it in almost everything, but have never mad paprika chicken. This looks so good and I cannot wait to try it!

    Oh and fun giveaway!! I LOVE my Le Cruset skillet too!

  2. yea! Love the giveaway – I am finding new blogs to read – thank-you. So happy to have found your blog – cooking with beer is something I’ve done for a long time and your blog has let me step up my game.

  3. So your recipe looks divine! I would make a quiche in this cast iron skillet it would give a nice crust I think! So cool I hope I win!!!

  4. This sounds delicious. And the whole blog (and book) will be so helpful when clearing out my boyfriend’s fridge full of forgotten beer.

  5. The very first thing would be your recipe for Beer Brined Paprika Chicken. It looks so very good and I am still stuffed from Thanksgiving..

  6. This sounds great! I’ve been looking for a good way to serve chicken thighs besides making pulled chicken. Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Fried cabbage……fry up some chopped bacon till crisp, then remove with slotted spoon….throw in onion and sauté few minutes, then chopped cabbage, little cayenne pepper, salt and pepper…put lid on, cook till cabbage is tender, add bacon back in a stir……serve with cornbread….yum!

  8. When I see a cast iron skillet, the very first thing that comes to my mind is my mom cooking fried chicken. What wonderful memories of crunchy, tasty fried chicken!

  9. I think it would be so much fun to make the bruleed pumpkin beer pie in the cast iron skillet! Yum! Because of your website I am now obsessed with cooking with beer. :)

  10. That sounds amazing! I prefer cooking with beer to drinking it. I’m looking forward to digging into your stuff more. I’m sure there are a ton of good ideas!

    1. Forgot to say what I would cook in the pan. Besides “everything,” think the first thing would probably be cornbread or an upside down cake.

  11. I have so few skillets that can go in the oven… that one is just begging for a big pan of Mexican cornbread.. all full of onions, peppers, bacon and cheese.. mmmmm

  12. I would love a pretty skillet like that! I follow you on FB thank you for acquainting me with new bloggers. Nice give-away please & thank you!

  13. Hi. I found your blog via the Food Bloggers Fave Things Giveaway post on What Megan’s Making’s blog. Can’t wait to try your recipes.

  14. This recipe sounds delicious! I make a lot of curry dishes in my current skillet, so if I won this one I’m sure I’d end up making tofu red curry in it in no time! Thanks for the chance.

  15. Oh, that chicken looks like it should be top of my list! But seriously, if I won the pan, I’d also win the cookbook, so… yep, probably that chicken!

  16. Since it’s too cold and/or snowy to grill here in the winter, I’d love to make a good burger in this pan! The pan is amazing looking!!!!!

  17. You have the best recipes :) I love cast iron and would cook everything in it. Favorite is pork chops with gravy. Get all those good crispy bits that stick to the pan in the gravy

  18. What would I make? PIE. Saw a recipe for a pie made on a grill in a cast iron skillet and have been wanting to try it for ages. And I’d probably try my dad’s recipe for chicken pot pie and make it with a beer crust.

  19. I’ve really loved reading your recipes on FB and Parade – I even made the beer Mac and Cheese which was delish. I added mushrooms to it since I had some to use up.

    Love Creuset cookware and would love this pan along with your cookbook! I’d make the chicken recipe you posted!

  20. Love the recipe! Will try for sure! I have a pork chop recipe I’ve been wanting to try in a cast iron skillet.

  21. All of your recipes are amazing, but if I were to pick one to make in the Le Creuset cast iron skillet it would be dessert with the Chocolate Stout and Bacon Skillet Brownies!

  22. It only took about 5 months before I started cooking nearly everything in my cast iron skillets. Currently have marinara simmering. I love the crust that forms on meat like your chicken recipe here. I’m not a big IPA fan, but I’ll give it a try with a less hoppy beer. Thanks, Beeroness!

  23. Um, other than the recipe in this very post? Hello all the things I love together in one dish. Well, I do also have a recipe for Italian hamburger pie I’d been meaning to try out…

  24. I would definitely make this beer brined paprika chicken and then I think I would also use it to make shrimp scampi. I am sure I would get lots of use out of it!!

  25. I’ve never cooked in a cast iron skillet, so I’m not sure! Maybe a steak or something that I could pop in the oven to finish?

  26. If I won a gorgeous red cast iron pan, I’d have your IPA citrus marinated pork chops in there in a flash. The accompanying peach-poblano salsa is my most favorite salsa on earth, and I lose my patience every summer waiting for peach season to come on.

  27. I would make some sort of “dessert in a skillet” brownie or blondie! I see them everywhere and they always look delicious! This chicken is a close runner too – looks lovely!

  28. This looks like a perfect dinner to me! Sounds like the some wonderful flavors all rolled up into one amazing dish!

  29. I have a lot of ideas for things that I’d make in that fabulous cast-iron skillet, like cornbread, or tortillas, but first I think I’d try a traditional tarte tatin, which would take advantage of its stovetop-to-oven capabilities.

  30. I’ve never used cast iron and have been wanting to invest…this would be perfect. I really would love to just try making steak! Of course, using one of your beer inspired recipes :)

  31. This beer brined paprika chicken sounds amazing! Also, pineapple upside down cake and cornbread would be among the first things.

  32. great give away items! LOVE the skillet!
    I have use beer as a baste for meats & in some bread recipes for MANY yrs!

  33. I’d use it for items I grill during the summer when it’s too cold to be outside…steaks, pork tenderloin, burgers, etc.

  34. I found a recipe a while back for a skillet oatmeal butterscotch cookie with bourbon sauce, and have been dying to make it. There are a myriad of other things I would love to make (like that awesome chicken!), but that one sticks out.

  35. I would love to make this recipe! It sounds amazing! Creaminess, beer, it has everything you need for a cold winter dinner!

  36. I think I would try out this recipe up top – the beer brined paprika chicken – in fact, I’m pretty sure I’m going to try it without the pan, because it looks and sounds scrumptious! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  37. Thank you for putting up the recipe for beer potato and cheese. I think that’s what I would make first and then, perhaps a pizza. Beer adds a nice flavor to the crust I think.

  38. I would make everythingggg!!! But looking at that beer brined paprika chicken is making my stomach growl already at 8:15! I’m a sucker for cast iron.. and Le Creuset isn’t exactly affordable with my college budget, but definitely on my wish list!!

  39. I love Le Creuset, I have only a small skillet and a casserole dish. I would love to make Chicken Picatta in the skillet.

  40. I’d totally be making the beer brined paprika chicken first of course. Then I’d make some pork and sauerkraut which pairs fabulously with beer.

  41. What could be better than apple cinnamon pancakes? I can’t think of a better meal, frankly. I need a cast iron skillet.

  42. I would make all the things!!

    No really, I’m not sure what I would start with- probably a hash, frittata, or just a good steak!

  43. I would make pan fried potato slices, we called them home fries and ate them for breakfast growing up, I am making them my kids favorite as well!

  44. Beer Brined Paprika Chicken sounds delicious. I love love love good beers. Found a recipe in my Smitten Kitchen cook book for beer and balsamic braised short ribs that is amazing.

  45. I would definetly try this recipe! I love anything with paprika! I would also make a chicken parmesan or spanish patatas bravas :)

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