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Brazilian Beer-Marinated Chicken

Steven Raichlen flavors this speedy chicken dish with Xingu (a Brazilian black lager that has a distinctive colalike flavor), plus mustard and onion--evoking the classic combination of beer and bratwursts. "The marinade brings a lot of flavor to a meat that really needs it," he says.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Four 1/4-inch slices of peeled fresh ginger, smashed
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups dark lager or stout, preferably Xingu Black Beer (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Four 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. In a shallow dish, mix the garlic, ginger, onion, paprika, salt, black pepper, caraway seeds, green pepper, mustard, beer and oil. Add the chicken, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, turning a few times.
  2. Light a grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill over high heat until nicely browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter and brush with the melted butter. Scatter the cilantro over the top and serve with lime wedges.


Xingu Black Beer is an anise-scented, bittersweet black lager from Brazil. It's available in most states.

Suggested Pairing

Raichlen uses Brazilian lager in this dish, but stout is a fine substitute. Two great American stouts that will taste delicious with this chicken are the Samuel Adams Cream Stout, with its deep roasted-malt notes, and the espresso-scented Deschutes Obsidian Stout.

Contributed By Photo © James Baigrie Published June 2007

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