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Pancake Day Recipe: Fried Chicken and Beer Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday is nearly here and if you’re like us, you’ll be searching for Pancake Day recipes for some extra inspiration. At HonestBrew, we can’t help but see food through beer-tinted spectacles, so we turned to a fellow beer geek and a recipe creator in George Darbyshire (@food_with_george on Instagram) to create a perfect Pancake Day recipe to share with beer lovers across the UK. Read on for the mouthwatering results….

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Meet our Pancake Day recipe creator, George!

“My name’s George Darbyshire and I’m a full-time lover of food, alcohol and music with a part-time role as a food blogger on Instagram. Day to day I work as a freelancer doing content creation and I also co-own a food and music Festival called Eat in the Park located in my hometown Buxton, Derbyshire. I’ve always been passionate about food but living in Italy for part of my life certainly fuelled it even more so as well as developing the travel bug.”

“About four years ago I started @food_with_george as a bit of a hobby going out and visiting great places to eat and drink around the UK. However, we happened to be travelling in India when the pandemic hit and was forced to fly home for obvious reasons, which led me to do the cooking instead and this is when the channel took off, so here we are…”

Why this Pancake Day recipe?

“Shrove Tuesday is just round the corner so why not try something a little different this year?”

“As a kid when it came to Shrove Tuesday my pancakes were either covered in sugar or ladles of Nutella…nowadays I’m savoury all day long.”

“So, when it comes to Pancake Day recipes, I like to mix things up a little. This recipe is of the adult variety as both the chicken batter and the pancake contain Pale Ale and you can really tell in the flavour.”

“I’ve used one of my favourite beers, Steady Rolling Man by DEYA Brewery (available from HonestBrew while stocks last) because it’s light and has tropical notes, but you can replace it with whichever beer you prefer for this Pancake Day recipe. HonestBrew are quite the experts in craft beer to explore and have hundreds to explore, plus any  new customers can now buy a special bundle of 6 beers for £12 — a cheaper option than the pub if you’re watching your pennies!”

Highlighting the beer used in the pancake day recipe: DEYA Steady Rolling Man



  • 170g Plain flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 250ml Beer of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp veg oil

Fried Chicken:

  • 6 boneless chicken thighs
  • 250ml beer of choice
  • 150g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Honey Hot sauce:

  • ½ cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • ½ cup Runny Honey

How to make George’s Pancake Day recipe

Pouring beer into the bowl for the pancake day recipe batter
  1. Preheat a pot of veg oil to 350˚F (180˚C)
  2. Mix all the beer, flour, salt, garlic granules and cayenne in a bowl until combined, careful not to overmix.
  3. Flatten the chicken thighs evenly with a tenderiser or rolling pin and dust with some flour then coat in the batter.
  4. Fry for about 6-7 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Transfer to a grill tray and place into a preheated oven at 150°C to drain any excess oil whilst you cook your pancakes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  7. In another larger bowl, mix the beer, egg, and veg oil.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisk well until combined.
  9. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Pour batter into the pan, using about ¼ cup for each pancake. Using a ladle to add the mixture to the pan makes things easier. Cook 2 to 4 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
  10. Mix hot sauce and honey together in a small bowl with a spoon.
  11. Stack three pancakes to a plate, top with 1½ pieces of the golden chicken thighs and finish with a drizzle of your honey hot sauce.
  12. Enjoy!

Explore our Pale Ale range

Hopefully, you’re feeling inspired to whack out the whisk and whip up a special pancake feast! As George mentioned, all good Pale Ales will work nicely, so why not explore our range of Pale Ales and find your favourite for your own spin on his recipe? Remember, you can have a craft beer delivery within 24hrs when you order before Friday 2pm with our express shipping service.

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