Wine Can Chicken in a pot on the grill

You’ve heard of Beer Can Chicken, right? Well, HOLD MY BEER, because EVERYTHING comes in cans now!  This potentially changes the rules of Beer Can Chicken, because we can stick a chick over a can of ANYTHING now and create a new recipe!  Margarita Can Chicken…Pineapple Seltzer Chicken…Vodka Cranberry Chicken … WINE CAN CHICKEN!

Oh, by the way.  Hey there, Grillin’ Fools, there’s a new girl in town! That’s right, the GIRLS are invading the Grillin’ Fools website and newsletter!

***Editor’s Note ~ Yes, you read that right. A newsletter is coming. I hope to have something going by the 4th of July. Stay tuned and check those in boxes***

Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you take out the trash, mow the lawn, feed the kids or scrub the toilets.  That’s not why we are here.  What happens here, stays here. Well, maybe it goes onto the grill.  And in your mouth, and all over your face, and down your shirt and onto the chair.  Okay, it’s not necessarily the cleanest place. It’s a messy and DELICIOUS place, and we plan on making it even messier and YUMMIER!

I’m serious about the Beer Can Chicken becoming Wine Can Chicken, though.  In fact, I’m even going to go a step further and fancy it up a bit.  I’m talking about Wine Can Coq au Vin!  I’m taking all the ingredients from Coq au Vin, throwing them in a pot on the grill, and sticking a can of Pinot Noir up a chicken’s butt.  That’s right!  This is happening!

Wine Can Chicken Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole roasting chicken (4-6lbs.)
  • 2 Cans (375 ml) red wine (I used Underwood Pinot Noir)
  • 1 lb. thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 5 oz. baby Bella or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 Green onions, chopped
  • 2 Large carrots, chopped
  • 3 Large garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 20-24 Cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 Sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3-4 Sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 Cups chicken broth
  • Salt/pepper
  • 3 lbs. golden potatoes, quartered
The ingredients for coq au vin
Who knew Coq au Vin or Wine Can Chicken were so colorful?

Coq au Vin is typically a braised dish, done on the stove top or in the oven.  It includes bacon or pork lardons, mushrooms, veggies, chicken, and of course WINE.  I didn’t really change it up too much, and it works great with the beer can style cooking.  The whole idea with the beer can (or in this case wine can), is to allow the aromatics from what’s in the can, to infuse into the chicken while it cooks, so the wine is perfect in this case. And if you think about it, the flavors of the wine will pair better with the chicken than the beer in beer can chicken. 

I dressed the chicken with some garlic, herbs, tomato paste and olive oil:

The ingredients that will go into a a paste to be slathered on the chicken
The wine adds flavor to the inside of the chicken and this will take care of the outside

Since we aren’t braising the chicken in the veggie pot, we really needed to make sure the bird is well seasoned.  Then when we cut into it, the meat isn’t just tender and juicy, it’ll also punch you in the face with flavor!

Chicken slathered with the paste
The word you are looking for is, “Slather.”

Once the chicken is dressed, just throw everything else into the pot, place the opened can into the center, throw it on the grill and stick the chicken on top!  It’s really an easy dish, grocery shopping is probably the hardest part!

Ingredients for wine can chicken ready for the grill
All we need is a that coq (which just means chicken. Get your mind out of the gutter.)

The theme for grilling today is low and slow, so I set my Primo Ceramic Kamado grill to a heat of barely 300 degrees and held it there:

The grill is showing 275 degrees
Target temp is 275-300

Once the grill is up to temp, there’s really not much more to do.  Then place the pot with the chicken into the center of the grill, close the lid and “fuggetaboutit” for an hour or so and let the heat and smoke work their magic:

Smoke coming out of the Primo grill
Mmmmmm smoke

Give it a quick check, close the lid again and let it go for another hour.  When it’s done, the internal temp of the bird should be 165 degrees, and the liquid will be browned and bubbly.

Cooked wine can chicken
It’s OK if you want to lick the screen right now

Finally, I brought the bird inside to rest, and really didn’t want to waste the liquid, so I cut up some golden potatoes and boiled them in the liquid until they were nice and soft.  This really made the dish a complete meal.  You could throw them in at the beginning also to make it even easier.  Some fresh bread would also be great to serve with this for some “au jus” dipping. 

However you decide to serve this, the dish is legit.  The wine cans are legit.  ANYTHING Can Chicken is now officially a “thing!”  Get on the train!

Sliced wine can chicken
It’s OK to only take the pieces with that browned, crispy skin!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or send me an email. You can also check out other content I have done over on my website Phx Family Foodie 

*** Editor’s Note ~ Heather’s website is phenomenal with more than 300 recipes and A.MAZ.ING desserts and photography***

If you are looking for more traditional Beer Can Chicken recipes, check out Beer Can Chicken STEW, Beer Can TURKEY, and just plain old Beer Can Chicken

Wine Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken except with Wine.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Chicken
Servings: 6 -8


  • 1 whole roaster chicken 4-6 lb
  • 2 cans red wine (375 ml cans - I used Underwood Pinot Noir)
  • 1 lb bacon thick cut, chopped
  • 5 oz baby Bella or cremini mushroom sliced
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 large carrot chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic large, minced or pressed
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 20 to 24 cherry tomato
  • 3 to 4 sprig fresh thyme
  • 3 to 4 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and black pepper
  • 3 lb golden potato quartered


  • Heat a large grill to 300 degrees and hold the temperature. You’ll need about 12”-13” of head space, so make sure you’ve got enough room on your grill.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, tomato paste and olive oil. Remove about 1/2 sprig each of the rosemary and thyme. Chop finely and add to the mixing bowl (about 1 tsp. of each). Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and spread the mixture all over the chicken. Use a spoon or pastry brush to place some of the mixture underneath the chicken skin. Reserve any of the remaining mixture for the pot.
  • In a large pot or dutch oven (make sure it’s safe to go directly on the grill), combine the chopped bacon, mushrooms, chopped onions, chopped carrots, and cherry tomatoes. Stir in any remaining tomato mixture from the chicken dressing. Tie the remainder of the thyme and rosemary together with cooking twine to make an herb bundle. Add the bundle to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour in the chicken broth and one of the cans of wine.
  • Place the pot onto center of the grill. Open the other can of red wine and place it into the center of the pot. Place the dressed chicken on top of the opened wine can through the bottom cavity of the chicken. Close the lid of the grill and allow it to cook at 300 degrees for about two hours, checking on it about half way through. Internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees. Remove the chicken from the pot and place it onto a serving dish to rest for about 10 minutes.
  • While the chicken is resting, place the pot on a stovetop at high heat. Add the potatoes and allow the mixture to boil until the potatoes are soft.
  • To serve: Carve the chicken and serve with the boiled potatoes and veggies. Leftover liquid can be thickened with corn starch to make a gravy or served on the side as an au jus with fresh bread.









Heather Walker
Heather Walker has been successfully creating and competing in food since 2010. She has won over $100,000 in cash, prizes, worldwide travel, television appearances and print publications. Some of her biggest wins have come from companies such as Bertolli Olive Oil, Pepsi, Kraft and Kenmore. In 2014 and 2015, Heather finished as a top five finalist at the World Food Championships, an achievement that earned her a commendation from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. She made her Food Network debut in 2016, where she won the pilot episode of Bakers vs. Fakers. She then followed up with two more Food Network wins in 2019. Heather is a regular contributor to the popular Phoenix morning news show “Good Morning Arizona” as a family food expert and regularly publishes recipes on her website Her personal culinary arsenal contains over 300 recipes, with countless print and video publications for restaurants, websites and international culinary brands.
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I’m a gal and I definitely will be making the wine can chicken. My neighbors are grill masters, while their wives do all the work!! I have a propane Webers grill and my man keeps the tank filled. I made beer can chicken in the oven and the grilling guys were amazed. Some grilled pineapple and ice cream will be a great finish.


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