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Beer-Braised Chicken with Pancetta Recipe

Searching for a perfect autumnal dish? Jamie Preuss has you covered.

By Jamie Preuss    3-Minute Read

Easy braised chicken recipe

Welcome to The Kitcheness, a food and recipe series from Womaness whipped up with you (and your fabulous taste) in mind. 

You're already a fan of her protein-packed snack ideas (especially since studies show dietary protein is one key to aging well). So we're delighted to feature another protein-focused recipe from Jamie Preuss, creator of some of the most fresh, seasonal, and approachable recipes around at So Happy You Liked It. 

"My Beer-Braised Chicken with Pancetta is a simple and delicious supper," explains Jamie. "Chicken turns extra tender when braised in beer and aromatics. It’s a delicious dinner packed with flavor. And it smells heavenly!" 

This recipe features salty pancetta, onions and garlic, tender bone-in chicken, and, as its title illustrates, beer. This recipe is simple and quick, resulting in flavorful and scrumptious results. Read on to learn more about this exquisite dish.

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How To Make Beer-Braised Chicken

Braising chicken (or any meat for that matter) is simple. It uses both dry and wet heat:

Dry heat

You’ll first brown the meat in fat, whether it be olive oil, butter, or rendered fat from bacon, or in this case, pancetta. This offers a golden exterior that also adds lots of flavor.

Wet heat 

The browned meat will then be gently simmered in liquid along with other ingredients and aromatics. 

The end result? A juicy, succulent, and wildly flavorful dish that’s easier than you think!


Beer-braised chicken with pancetta

Ways To Make This Dish Your Own

As mentioned, braising requires liquid to not only gently simmer the meat, but to infuse flavor as well. That said, you can choose from a number of options:





Coconut milk

Cream (as an addition)


    Additionally, you can use different aromatics and ingredients to customize your own braised chicken! A few ideas to inspire you:




    Citrus like lemon or lime




    Sweet potatoes

    Squash, like butternut or delicata


      What To Serve With Beer-Braised Chicken

      Add one or two of these delicious recipes by Jamie on the side:

      Charred Broccolini

      Lightened Up Creamy Mashed Potatoes

      Spiced Delicata Wedges

       Lemony Green Beans

       Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Fried Goat Cheese Medallions

       Brussels Sprout Slaw with Roasted Ginger Vinaigrette


        Tools You Need To Make Beer-Braised Chicken 

         Dutch Oven


         Glass Measuring Cups

         Chef’s Knife

         Measuring Spoons


        Recipe for braised chicken


        Beer-Braised Chicken with Pancetta


        Prep Time: 15 minutes

        Cook Time: 20 minutes

        Serves 2


        • 4 oz. pancetta

        • 2 lbs bone-in chicken thighs, drumsticks, or mixture

        • 1 - 2 teaspoons salt

        2 teaspoon black pepper

        1 yellow onion, chopped

        4 cloves garlic, minced

        12 oz beer of choosing (I used Oktoberfest)

        Chopped rosemary, to garnish



        1. In a medium-sized Dutch oven or oven-safe pan over medium heat, add pancetta and sauté until golden brown and fat has rendered. Use a slotted spoon to remove pancetta and set aside. 

        2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add to pan, searing the chicken in the rendered fat from the pancetta until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside. 

        3. Add chopped onion and garlic to the pan next, sautéing until fragrant. Add chicken back to the pan, along with pancetta. Pour beer over the chicken, and bring mixture to a simmer. 

        4, Once simmering, turn the heat off, cover the pot, and place in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Cook until the chicken is 165 degrees. 

        5. Serve chicken with sauce alongside your favorite sides. Garnish with rosemary!


          How can I lighten up this recipe?

          You can help reduce the calories this recipe in a number of ways:

          Swap the pancetta for turkey bacon or omit it entirely (use olive oil in place of the rendered fat from the pancetta).
          Use wine or chicken stock for the braising liquid.
          Serve with sauteed greens and mashed cauliflower (or whatever your favorite side dish is!). 

          What are some other dishes that are perfect for autumn?

          We highly recommend these recipes by Jamie for any cold-weather feast:


          Craving more from Jamie? Keep up with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for the latest updates.

          Photo credit: Jamie Preuss


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