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Summer Ale Chicken on a blue rimmed plate with corn and potatoes, a glass of beer and a bottle opener.
Summer Ale Chicken with Onion, Baby Red Potatoes and Summer Corn - Air Fryer Version
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
From One Pot Comfort by Meredith Laurence
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, One Pot Meal, Air Fryer, Whole Chicken, Summer Corn, Cooking with Beer, Chicken rub, Roasted chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 843 kcal
Author: Meredith Laurence
  • Spice Mix:
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 4-pound whole chicken, sliced in half and backbone removed
  • 2 to 3 sweet onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pounds baby red potatoes halved
  • 12 ounces summer ale beer or any hoppy amber ale
  • 4 ears fresh corn on the cob kernels cut off
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, paprika, dry mustard, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Brush or spray the oil all over the chicken. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the spice mix and rub the remaining mix on both sides of the chicken. Set the chicken aside.
  3. Toss the baby red potatoes with olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper in the air fryer basket. Air-fry at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the air fryer and set aside.
  4. Toss the onions with the melted butter and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer them to the air fryer basket and air-fry at 400ºF for 8 minutes.
  5. When the onions have air-fried for 10 minutes, give them a toss and pour the summer ale over the onions in the air fryer – most of the beer will end up in the drawer below. Place the chicken on top of the onions, skin side down and air-fry the chicken and onions together at 360°F for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken over and sprinkle the reserved spice mix on top. Air-fry for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until the internal temperature on an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165ºF.
  6. Remove the chicken from the air fryer and let it rest. Transfer the onions to a serving bowl and pour the juices from the bottom drawer over the onions.
  7. Place the potatoes back into the air fryer basket and add the corn kernels. Air-fry for 10 to 13 minutes, shaking the basket a couple of times during the cooking process.
  8. Cut the chicken into pieces and serve it with the onions and jus on top and the roasted baby red potatoes and corn on the side. Sprinkle the chopped chives over everything.

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Recipe Notes

This recipe is intended for larger 5- to 6-quart air fryers. If you are using a 3-quart air fryer, you can still make this, but cut all ingredient quantities in half and serve 2 people.

Nutrition Facts
Summer Ale Chicken with Onion, Baby Red Potatoes and Summer Corn - Air Fryer Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 843 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 178mg59%
Sodium 3756mg157%
Potassium 1741mg50%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 2440IU49%
Vitamin C 33.8mg41%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.