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Indulge in the rich, Mexican-inspired flavors of our Keto Mexican Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs. Whether you choose the ease of a slow cooker or the oven's convenience, this recipe promises tender, flavorful chicken infused with Mexican dark beer, cumin, chili powder, and garlic. Elevate your weeknight dining with this stress-free, keto-friendly dish that's sure to become a household favorite. Discover the perfect blend of simplicity and deliciousness – a must-try for any low-carb enthusiast!
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Keto Mexican Beer Braised Chicken Thighs: A Flavor Fiesta for Your Taste Buds! 🍗🌶️
Hey, kitchen adventurers! Ready to spice up your weeknight routine with our irresistible "Keto Mexican Beer Braised Chicken Thighs"? This recipe is not just easy; it's a game-changer in the world of quick, flavorful, and budget-friendly meals. 🌮💃
Picture this: succulent chicken thighs infused with the rich, robust taste of dark Mexican beer, a medley of spices that dance on your taste buds, and a cooking process so simple you'll wonder why you haven't tried it before. 🎉✨
To keep things hassle-free, we've skipped the searing step—just mix your favorite Mexican spices, pour in that beer bath, and let the slow cooker or oven work its magic. The result? Juicy, tender chicken with an authentic Mexican flair that's perfect for tacos, salads, or just devouring on its own.
Why do we love this recipe? It's a low-impact cooking experience that delivers maximum flavor. The house fills with the enticing aroma of Mexican spices as it simmers, and the end result is juicy, flavorful chicken that's practically begging to be the star of your next meal.
So, there you have it! "Keto Mexican Beer Braised Chicken Thighs" is your new go-to for stress-free, budget-friendly, and downright delicious weeknight dinners. 🌶️🍽️
Ready to give it a shot? Don't forget to share your culinary adventures on social media using #BobbisKozyKitchen. Happy cooking! 📸👩🍳✨
🥘Keto Mexican Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs Ingredients
These are the ingredients necessary to make Keto Mexican Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs.
- Chicken Thighs - I use bone-in skin on chicken thighs but you can use boneless skinless if you prefer.
- Modelo Negra - this is the dark beer I always use when I cook, but especially for this recipe. I highly recommend using it.
- New Mexico Chili Powder - I adore the flavor of this chili powder and use it in so many recipes!
A detailed list with measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Helpful Hint: 💡: For a deeper flavor, consider rubbing the spice blend into the chicken and marinating the chicken thighs for a few hours or overnight before cooking. This can enhance the overall taste and tenderness.
- Chicken Thighs - instead of using bone-in skin-on chicken thighs you can use boneless skinless.
- Beer - the beer really does add quite a bit of flavor but if you prefer you can use chicken bone broth.
- New Mexico Chili Powder - I have only used this chili powder so I highly suggest it, but if you cannot get it in time feel free to make this with regular chili powder and order some for next time.
- Spicy Twist: Kick up the heat by adding diced jalapeños to the beer or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix. This gives the dish a spicy kick that pairs wonderfully with the rich beer-infused braising liquid.
- Citrus Burst: Enhance the flavors with a burst of citrus by adding lime zest to the seasoning blend. The citrusy notes add a refreshing element to the savory profile. You can also finish the chicken with a squeeze of lime juice before you eat.
- Herb Infusion: Experiment with different herbs for a herbal twist. Fresh cilantro, oregano, or thyme can bring unique aromatic notes to the dish. Consider adding them to the seasoning mix or sprinkling them over the chicken before braising.
- Vegetable Medley: Elevate the dish by incorporating a variety of vegetables. Bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes can complement the Mexican flavors and create a colorful and nutritious one-pot meal.
- Smoky Flavors: Introduce a smoky element by using smoked paprika or chipotle powder in the seasoning. This imparts a subtle smokiness that adds depth to the overall taste.
This is the equipment you will need to make Keto Mexican Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs.
- Refrigeration: Allow the leftover Keto Mexican Beer Braised Chicken Thighs to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the chicken in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Ensure the container is airtight to prevent freezer burn. Label with the date. The chicken can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.
- Reheating from Refrigeration: To reheat, gently warm the chicken in a microwave-safe dish or on the stovetop over low heat. Add a splash of chicken broth or beer to maintain moisture.
- Reheating from Freezer: If reheating from frozen, thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat using the microwave, stovetop, or oven until heated through.
For a delightful finishing touch, broil the chicken thighs in the oven for a few minutes after braising. This step adds a tempting crispiness to the skin, enhancing both texture and flavor. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning, and you'll be rewarded with perfectly golden and crispy chicken thighs.
FAQ about Keto Mexican Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs
Yes, you can use other cuts like drumsticks or chicken quarters. The cooking time may vary though.
Absolutely! Root vegetables like carrots or potatoes work well. Add them during the cooking process for a complete one-pot meal.
This dish pairs excellently with cauliflower rice, a fresh salad, or low-carb tortillas. The flavorful broth is perfect for drizzling over sides.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Keto Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef (Barbacoa)
- Easy Keto Pork Carnitas
- Keto Coconut Curry Beef Short Ribs
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga
- Filipino Chicken Adobo (Keto & Low Carb)
- Low-Carb Braised Beef with Gravy
These are my favorite dishes to serve with [this recipe]:
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- Low-Carb Mexican Street Corn Salad
- Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
- Mexican-Inspired Roasted Zucchini
- Green Chile Cauliflower Rice
- Cilantro Lime Crema
Keto Mexican Beer Braised Chicken
For the slow cooker
- Mix all of the seasonings in a small bowl.
- Pour the beer into the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle each thigh with the seasoning blend and carefully place them in the slow cooker making sure not to wash the spices off with the beer.
- Cover the cooker and set your time. Frozen - 4 to 6 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low Thawed - 3 to 4 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. *See Notes
For oven braising
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- Mix all of the seasonings in a small bowl.
- Pour the beer into a large oven-safe dish.
- Sprinkle each thigh with the seasoning blend and carefully place them in the dish, making sure not to wash the spices off with the beer.
- Cover the dish with foil or an oven-safe lid.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
- For a crispy skin, uncover the dish during the last 20 minutes of cooking. *See Notes
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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