Liberty Citra IPA Beer Soaked Grilled Chicken

beer soaked grilled chicken liberty citra sandwich

Today I am excited to bring you another beer influenced recipe. Beer fan or not, this beer soaked grilled chicken is sure to be a winner for any occasion.

I have picked Liberty C!tra IPA to pair with Waitoa free range chicken thighs to create this dish as a celebration of the end of summer in New Zealand as we head into autumn.

The bitterness of the beer and the citrus and lemony tastes of the hop profile combined with fresh lime juice and other spices in this really have created a taste sensation.

I would advise purchasing more than 1 bottle of this beer to accompany the meal as the 200ml or so that you are left with after making the marinade will not be enough to satisfy. Doubly so if you plan on using a whole bottle with more chicken.

beer soaked grilled chicken preparation

The marinade is best prepared ahead of time. If you are planning on grilling for dinner, this can be done in the morning. Preparing the day before and marinating the chicken overnight will work best.

beer soaked grilled chicken grilling

Set the Weber up for high direct heat. I have elevated my coal grate with a couple of bricks to bring the briquettes right below the food grate to ensure I get the heat needed. These should take 5-7 minutes each side. You can confirm when they are cooked when the internal temperature reaches 76°C.

For a gas grill or stove top set the burners to high heat and cook over a  griddle.

beer soaked grilled chicken

 If Liberty Citra IPA is unavailable in your area, let me know in the comments and I can help find a local beer to substitute. 

This chicken would go great with a fresh summer salad, Epic Pale Ale Beer Soaked Fries or simply as I have done on top of a bed of fresh cos lettuce sandwiched between a buttered roll and washed down with a glass of Citra IPA. Enjoy!

Liberty Citra Beer Soaked Grilled Chicken

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Free range chicken thighs soaked in a Liberty Citra IPA marinade grilled over high heat charcoal

You'll Need...

  • 500g free range chicken thighs
  • 1 500ml bottle Liberty Citra IPA
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, ground
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, ground
  • Zest of a lime
  • Juice of a lime
  • Bunch of fresh parsley, chopped


  1. !Marinade Preperation
  2. Begin by placing the chicken thighs in a zip lock bag
  3. Pour 330ml of the beer into a bowl, drink the rest
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and give them a good mix to make the marinade
  5. Pour the marinade over the chicken in the zip lock bag, seal and refrigerate for 4-8 hours, overnight if you wish
  6. !Barbecue set up
  7. Prepare the grill for high direct heat grilling, elevate the coal grate so briquettes are close to the food grate
  8. !Cooking
  9. Grill each chicken thigh 6-7 minutes each side, won't take long due to thickness of meat
  10. !To Serve
  11. Serve on a bed of fresh cos lettuce on a fresh buttered roll, cut in half with a thigh in each half

beer soaked grilled chicken sandwich


  1. Anne|Craving Something Healthy · March 24, 2014

    Scott, I get the BEST grilling ideas from you! Never thought to marinate in beer, but this will be on my to do list as soon as we’re warmed up here in Boston! Thanks 🙂

    • OMFGBBQ · March 24, 2014

      That’s fantastic to here Anne, do you have a favourite local brewery out in Boston?

  2. Tom Simon · March 24, 2014

    Love the recipe, but the wife isn’t a huge fan of chicken thighs? Good for bone-in chicken breast as well?

    • OMFGBBQ · March 24, 2014

      Hey Tom, thanks for stopping by! This will work well with both drums/legs and I don’t see why not with bone-in breasts. If you do go the breast option, you may want to try baking it, or grill it carefully to avoid drying it out. With that in mind though, if you let the chicken soak for up to 8 hours this should help avoiding that situation! Anyway, give it a go and let me know how it turns out!

  3. Trav · March 24, 2014

    Thanks for the recipe, I used a Founder’s All Day Session IPA and lemon with organic drumettes – turned out amazingly delicious.

    • OMFGBBQ · March 24, 2014

      Trav, thanks for stopping by and leaving this comment. I really love it when I get feedback like this. I’m stoked that you’ve taken the recipe and used a locally available beer to suit. Happy grilling!

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