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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    • This may work! You could try a bit of arrowroot or tapioca starch with it if you’re going for a grain-free version.

  1. Hi, I’m excited try this recipe. I do alot of slow cooker chicken thighs recipes and I’ve never seen them coated in flour before. Could this be omitted? Or can you recommend a sub for all purpose GF flour? My husband is GF but I normally only buy nut or coconut flours. Thanks!!

    • The flour is used to thicken the sauce, but I’m sure it will still be delicious without it! You could try using a tablespoon or two extra of tapioca or arrowroot starch instead. I’d love to know how it goes if you try it!

      • Just had it tonight and all of us loved it! Didn’t coat the chicken beforehand and used 1tbsp arrowroot at the end. Also I didn’t add the broth .. the beer provided plenty of liquid. Thanks!!

  2. I just made this for a potluck and I think I may have to make another batch because I cannot stop eating it. I’m so happy that I tried this recipe. Every recipe that I have made from your blog is excellent; my husband and I thank you for all the awesome recipes! 5 stars…if the rating didn’t show up.

  3. 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 !!

  4. 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 :)