Beer & Bacon Chicken with Gravy

Beer and Bacon Chicken with Gravy #glutenfree #dairyfree #crockpot #slowcookerDelightfully tender chicken in a smoky bacon and beer sauce. Delicious served with my Healthier Mashed Potatoes recipe.

In 2008, Kevin and I rented a cabin in Golden BC to celebrate our first Easter together.

Since then, Golden has become our home away from home — our safe place.

Long weekend, celebration, vacation or outing, Golden is it for us.

_MG_2247When we moved to Montreal last year, it was heartbreaking to say goodbye.

But Montreal didn’t go as planned so we made our way home to Alberta just 10 months later.

And decided to celebrate our first Christmas + New Year back home, in Golden.


We went snowshoeing (for the first time!!), slept in passed noon, spent some time in the ditch, AND made awesome food.

I brought my new Slow Cooker with me. You know, the one I used for this Crock Pot Blueberry Maple Cake.

Still blows my mind that you can make a cake… in a Crock Pot.

And also? The best dang smoky gravy you’ve ever tasted.

Yeh, this took me like, 10 minutes to put together?

Love it!

Beer & Bacon Chicken with Gravy #glutenfree #dairyfree #crockpot #slowcooker

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Beer & Bacon Chicken with Gravy
Recipe type: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Corn-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 6
Delightfully tender chicken in a smoky bacon and beer sauce. Delicious served with my Healthier Mashed Potatoes recipe.
  1. Place flour in a large bowl and add chicken thighs to it, toss around, until all pieces are coated.
  2. Lay the thighs in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  3. Combine bacon pieces, beer, broth, barbecue sauce and spices in a medium-sized bowl. Stir to mix. Then, pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover with the lid and cook on Low for 8 to 9 hours or High for 4 to 4-1/2 hours.
  5. Once complete, combine water and starch in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  7. Stir starch mixture in with leftover chicken liquids. Whisk until combined. Cover and cook, on Low, for 15 minutes.
  8. Drizzle the gravy over the chicken and serve.

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Beer & Bacon Chicken with Gravy #glutenfree #dairyfree #crockpot #slowcooker

I decided to use pork bacon. Partly because we were on vacation and I wanted to, and also because:: I’m in LOVE with pork right now.

If you don’t do beer, I bet making this with stevia gingerale would be pretty good, too.

Beer & Bacon Chicken with Gravy #glutenfree #dairyfree #crockpot #slowcooker

Whether you’re spending the weekend at home, with friends, or out and about, I know that you have 10 minutes to spare to make this!

Aaaand if you don’t have a Slow Cooker? You could try combining everything in a casserole dish and throwing it in the oven.

Beer & Bacon Chicken with Gravy #glutenfree #dairyfree #crockpot #slowcooker

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    • Hey Christina! I listed a couple of ideas in the post… made the text larger so everyone would catch it. You’re not the only one wondering ;)

  1. I love using my slow cooker, and am thrilled you posted this. I’m going to make this….absolutely for sure will make this! I always have low carb beer in my house – my fave is Sleemans Clear – only 80 cal per bottle and now i have another use for it.

  2. Wow!
    This looks fantastic (especially for a cold winter!)
    Can the beer be substituted? Or… is it safe too cook with alcohol during pregnancy? Something feels off about that.

    Thanks for posting this deliciousness!


    • It should be safe to cook with alcohol during pregnancy. The alcohol cooks out and leaves the flavor of the beer.

    • It sure can! I listed a couple of ideas in the post. Just bolded the text and made it larger as everyone is asking the same question :) It does seem wrong… I would avoid, but the alcohol does cook off…

      • Ha! Totally missed that! Hungry pregnant woman – my eyes were GLUED to the pictures!!!
        Thank you so much for the response!

  3. I love quick and easy slow cooker recipies! Thank you for this one. It looks delicious….and it has bacon! I will definitely be trying it out this weekend.

  4. Beer, Bacon, Chicken, Gravy – my boyfriend would be totally sold! All the more reason to convince him that we need a crock pot haha! Also, I never thought to cook with gluten free beer, so creative!

  5. Yum! Sounds like I’m making chicken for dinner tomorrow! I’ve got this weird ‘Blood and Honey’ beer that I don’t like to drink, but I bet it would be awesome in this! YOU ROCK. SERIOUSLY. I have no idea how to express my love of your blog. It has helped me through a lot of dietary changes, and will for years to come! THANKS!!!

    • Hey Lynne – wow, Blood and Honey. Sounds hardcore. Do it! (and thanks for your awesomely sweet message!) You’re pretty rockin’ yourself ;)

  6. Hey Leanne! Man Facebook is making me so frustrated because I didn’t even see this post and I love reading them. First time poster, long time reader. =-)

    Keep up the great work with helping people realize how important healthy eating is and listening to their bodies!

    • Hey Matt! You and me both. I think it’s official: I’m no longer “friends” with Facebook. So sorry that you’re not getting my posts. My best word of advice:: go to my Facebook page and like a BUNCH of the images, posts, etc. Then Facebook will see that you really do want my updates in your feed, and you’ll get a bit more of them!

  7. Made this tonight and it is ah-mazing!! Baked it in the oven, because I didn’t have time for the crockpot (weird, I know). Served it with mashed cauliflower & potatoes, and carrots with leeks sautéed in coconut oil. So, so good! Thanks Leanne :)

  8. This is definitely going on the “try at least one new recipe a week” list! We eat so much chicken and looking for new ways of cooking it. So excited to try it and it has gravy…that’s a huge bonus especially in the South where gravy is its own food group! Thanks for sharing! #leannefan

  9. I definitely want to try! Which BBQ sauce would u suggest as most commercial brands have high fructose corn syrup in them…?

  10. When you say “Combine bacon pieces, beef, broth, barbecue sauce and spices in a medium-sized bowl.”
    I’m guessing you mean beer and not beef ;)

    • Yes! Beer! Thanks for catching that, Catherine :)

  11. Hi!!
    Amazing recipe!! Made it couple of weeks ago, it was approved by my 2 and 6yo, and hubby! Now, Im searching for a slow cooker pot roast recipe, and your chicken beer recipe came into my mind….do you think it would work with beef instead?
    Thank you !!

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