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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Whitney Packebush

Red wine is often celebrated for its healthy properties, but the ethanol found in alcoholic beverages (including beer) has been shown to support your ticker. Moderate amounts of alcohol can increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce the risk of blood clots. What better time to enjoy your favorite brew than during the big game? Sam Adams Boston Lager Bistro Chicken combines a few favorites — beer and bacon. Remember, everything in moderation. Cheers!

Boston Lager Bistro Chicken

Makes 4 servings

Total time: 2 hours


2 tablespoons olive oil

1½ pounds chicken breast, cut in large chunks

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 slices bacon, cut into large chunks

1 onion, diced

4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms

2 cups chicken broth

12 ounces Samuel Adams Boston Lager

1 bunch fresh thyme, tied with kitchen string

2½ cups brown rice, for serving


Heat oil in a large stock pot. Season chicken with salt and pepper and sear for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer chicken to a platter and add bacon to pot. Saute bacon until fat has rendered, then add onion, carrots and garlic. Saute 5 more minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften, making sure to scrape brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add mushrooms, broth, beer and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and add chicken back to pot. Cover and cook for 1 hour, maintaining a constant simmer. Uncover and cook at a rapid simmer for 20 minutes, or until it both reduces and thickens. Discard thyme and serve over rice.

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About the Author

Whitney Packebush, RD, LD, is a dietitian for Fareway Food Stores. For more information or other questions, contact Whitney at

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