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40 Clove Garlic Chicken

     We use a lot of garlic in my house and a couple of years ago we started growing it ourselves. It’s a cheap and easy option to grow and once harvested, if taken care of properly, it will last a long time. We harvested a bunch of garlic about a week and a half ago and decided to make 40 clove garlic chicken. There have been versions of this dish around for a while but I had never made it myself until a few months ago. I was watching an episode of The Chew on ABC and they made it on the show. It looked so good and I swear I could smell the garlic through the screen and ended up making it later that week. Since we had so much garlic available I made it again last week. i know that 40 cloves of garlic sounds like a lot, and it is, but it’s not overpowering like you may think. It’s actually very pleasant. When we made it we served it with mashed potatoes and the garlic sauce that gets poured over the chicken, we also poured onto our potatoes and it was delicious. Then the next day we made our favorite chicken, broccoli, rice casserole with the leftovers and we added some of that garlic sauce to it in place of the cream soup and it was so full of flavor and was a big hit.

     One thing that tends to scare some people away from making this is peeling 40 cloves of garlic. There is an easy and fun way to peel a bunch of garlic at once and you can get your kids to help too. Watch this Youtube video to check it out


See? Easy Peasy and a bit fun. It really does work too. I’ve used this trick many times. I know you all are itching for the actual recipe now, so here you go!

40 Clove Garlic Chicken


  • 4 TBSP Butter
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 8 Chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
  • 40 cloves garlic-peeled (about 4 heads)*
  • 1/2 bunch thyme(or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (can use 1 cup white wine in place of 1 cup chicken stock)
  • salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Preheat a large, oven-safe, saute pan(cast iron works great) over medium-high heat and add the butter and olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and sear skin side down until golden brown. Flip the chicken thighs and add the garlic cloves. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and remove chicken thighs to a platter. Return pan to the heat and mash half of the garlic cloves. Add the thyme and deglaze the pan with the white wine. Reduce the liquid by half and add the chicken stock to simmer for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over the chicken.

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  1. andrea

    YUM! I love garlic as well & this looks pretty simple to make. Plus it doesn’t take SUPER long, easy prep & cook. I need that with a family of seven. I’ll be back to let you know how it turns out.

  2. Rebecca Bryant

    what a delicious way to fix chicken. I am always on the look out for creative ways to serve chicken.

  3. Ashley

    We use a lot of garlic too! It seriously goes in almost every recipe!

  4. Kristin

    Yum! This recipe sounds delish! I’m never one to shy away from garlic!

  5. jasmine

    You had me at garlic! Nothing better than a chicken and garlic combo!

  6. Crystal

    There’s a garlic restaurant in town that my brother took me to for my birthday. I loved everything. Well, the garlic ice cream was an experience, but nothing I need to eat daily. This recipe sounds right up my alley.

  7. Christine Luken

    We are big garlic fans in my household! Thanks for the recipe; it looks delicious!

  8. reesa

    THis sounds super easy! I love garlic and so does my husband. I need to try this out!

  9. Dawn Nieves

    In my opinion, you can never have enough garlic. I love this recipe. It looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  10. Monica (NYCTechMommy)

    Wow! That sounds so yummy and I can almost smell the garlic from here. lol! And so easy to make too. I think I need to try this!

  11. Autumn R Reo

    Oh wow! This is my dream menu – all things for garlic! I’ll be trying many of these!

  12. Scott

    Oh my, that’s a LOT of garlic! But there is never too much garlic, am I right?!

  13. Alecia

    I did a pretty bad job drying my garlic this year and I doubt it’s going to last half as long as it should. I can’t think of a better way to use it up than a fantastic meal! Thanks for the recipe


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