“For close to 150 years we’ve stayed true to Jacob Leinenkugel’s vision for combining the German brewing traditions of his homeland with the innovative spirit of his new home in Wisconsin. Today you’ll find that spirit alive and well inside our wide range of German-inspired beers. From shandy to IPLs, to Weiss beers, to doppelbocks, we’ve got a beer for every reason and season.”
When pairing chicken dishes with beer, the golden rule is to be sure the beer doesn’t overpower the flavor of the meat – the lighter the better.
Light German lagers, saisons (pale ales), or wheat beers are great pairings for grilled chicken. Fresh wheat and malt are perfect for the more delicate flavors provided by poultry, and instead of overpowering them, they elevate those flavors.
As a Belgian-style witbier, Sunset Wheat offers notes of orange and blueberry, with a tart, citrusy finish. You’ve probably seen wheat beers garnished with lemon or orange wedges because the bright citric flavor exaggerates the notes of the brew. The addition of Mandarin oranges to this perfect summer chicken enhances the subtle orange brewed into Sunset Wheat.
- 10-12 pieces Chicken (cut for grilling)
- 2 bottles Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat (measure out ⅓ cup and set aside for sauce)
- 3 Tbsp Canola oil
- 1 cup Finely chopped onion
- 2 Tbsp of Minced garlic
- 1 can Mandarin oranges, 10oz (save ⅓-cup liquid and finely chop the oranges)
- 4 Tbsp Pure Maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
- ¼ tsp Ginger
- ½ tsp Pepper
- Clean, salt and pepper chicken and place in a gallon-sized plastic storage bag. Pour all Leinie’s Sunset Wheat, minus ⅓ cup, into bag with chicken. (We suggest you refrigerate overnight.)
- To make Leinie’s Sunset Grilling Sauce, sauté garlic and onions in canola oil over medium-low heat until onions become lightly browned and translucent. Add ⅓ cup liquid from orange can and oranges to onion mixture and continue to sauté until juice is reduced. Turn heat to low and add Maple syrup, soy sauce, Leinie’s Sunset Wheat, ginger and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. (We suggest you refrigerate sauce overnight before using, but it can be used immediately.)
- Prepare charcoal. Place chicken in baking dish and bake at 350°F for ½ hour. Place partially baked chicken on grill and baste with Leinie’s Sunset Grilling Sauce until done. You may want to make extra sauce to serve with grilled chicken.