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BBQ Beer Braised Chicken & Carrots

Low cal, low fat and low effort. This dinner has it all - plus a whack of antioxidants from the carrots. Throw everything in the slow cooker (with 5 ingredients that need little prep, that’ll take about 5 minutes), then you can come through the door to the intoxicating aroma of a simmering barbecue dinner that needs only rice for soaking up the sauce. And this is the go-to-recipe when you buy those budget priced humungous chicken legs with thighs attached. Just cut them into legs and thighs.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min


8 to 12 skinless chicken drumsticks
4 legs with thighs attached
¾ cup barbecue sauce
½ cup beer or orange juice
1 ½ tbsp chopped chipotle peppers in abode sauce
1 tsp Tabasco or dried chili flakes (optional)
2 tsp each of dried leaf thyme and rosemary
3 cups baby carrots or thick slices of carrots

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Pull any skin from chicken. Slice legs from thighs if using. Turn slow cooker to low or high depending on how long you want to cook it. In the slow cooker bowl; stir barbecue sauce with beer, chipotle, thyme and rosemary. Add chicken and carrots and stir to evenly coat. Push pieces into sauce as much as possible.

  2. Cover and cook for 2 to 2½ hours on high or 4 hours on low. Cooking time depends on the size of chicken pieces. They should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Serve beside sugar snap or green peas and spoon the sauce over mashed potatoes or rice. A sprinkle of fresh parsley or basil is a nice touch.

Nutrition Info

Per serving Amount
Protein44 g
Fat12 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate18 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar12 g
Cholesterol178 mg
Sodium600 mg
Per serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A78
Vitamin C16
Vitamin B626
Vitamin B1222