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Last week, I asked on my Facebook page for some Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic recipes. We were having my inlaws over for dinner last Sunday, and I had a chicken in the freezer. I knew this would be a great way to prepare the chicken, but I wanted a great recipe since I was having company over. And then I didn’t even end up using any of your suggestions!! Don’t get me wrong – you all steered me towards some great sounding recipes. But do you want to know why I chose this one? Simply because of it’s simplicity. I didn’t even have to go to the grocery store! And luckily, my gamble paid off. Not only was this recipe incredibly simple, it came together quickly as well. This is always a good thing – especially on Sundays. And it was incredibly delicious!!

But one word of warning here – my husband ate the leftovers the next day for lunch. Included in the leftovers were about half of the garlic cloves, and he ate them all except 3 or 4. You know how they say that if you eat too much garlic it can seep from your pores? Well, it’s true – I can smell garlic on his skin 2 days later!! It’s slowly diminishing, but if you don’t want to smell like garlic for days after, be careful how much of the garlic you eat!!

40 Cloves and a Chicken
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An easy recipe for garlic infused baked chicken.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 40 peeled cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Put a large skillet or fry pan over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the chicken on both sides. Remove from heat. Add ½ cup oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1½ hours*.
  3. Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  4. *I checked my chicken at 1 hour and it was already done. I would start checking the temperature of your chicken around that time!
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  6. from Alton Brown via The Food Network


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17 Responses to 40 Cloves and a Chicken

  1. Joanne says:

    Alton Brown is a good man to turn to for all things. A really good man. I constantly smell like garlic, so what's the harm in a little pore seepage. Looks delicious! Did the inlaws like it?

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I'm an absolute fan of garlic, so that dish is for me!



  3. Simply Life says:

    ha, that's pretty funny – my husband and I laugh that we feel like we sweat garlic and onions 🙂 I just hope other people are laughing too and not moving away from us 🙂

  4. Jessiker says:

    Haha that's kinda funny. Glad this recipe worked for you though

  5. Monet says:

    Oh garlic…I adore eating garlic cloves, but the smell definitely takes some adjusting. This looks like a great recipe!

  6. Susi says:

    I love Alton Brown and I really love roasted garlic! The simplicity of this recipe makes me want to try it really soon!

  7. Barbara says:

    I know garlic is really good for you, Deborah, but I have never had the nerve to try this dish. For one thing, I live in an apartment and would probably get complaints! 🙂
    I think I saw Ina Garten make this once and was really tempted. I do like Alton though, so will compare the recipes and when I have enough nerve, I'll make this!

  8. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love, love, love garlic. This is right up my alley! I'm bookmarking this one for sure! Thanks!

  9. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    If there's one thing I can't get enough of, it's the fresh but warm aroma and taste of garlic. Roasted chicken is my favorite, and this looks absolutely lovely, Deborah!

  10. Julie says:

    I think it would be worth smelling like garlic…yum!

  11. Kim says:

    I have always wanted to try this dish and am glad to hear that you and your husband enjoyed it. I can imagine just how flavorful it really is.

  12. grace says:

    i'll bet all that garlic wasn't too kind to his digestive system, either. ah, the prices one pays for delicious grub. 🙂

  13. kat says:

    Going with an Alton Brown recipe is always smart

  14. Abby says:

    I bet it's good birth control, too. HA HA.

  15. kuriouskitteh says:

    Oh wow, that both looks and sounds amazing! All these "chicken with a crazy amount of garlic cloves" recipes always look so fascinating. I tried reducing one once, to just make one chicken breast, and it didn't work very well ><".
    But, ahah, that can't have been peasant. I had no idea garlic could be so potent.

    ~Kurious Kitteh

  16. claire says:

    this looks amazing… I LOVE garlic! this is a great dish

  17. marina hernandez says:

    I just find your blog, true pilsburry and even I just check, some of your recipes, I liked all, so i start today with this recibe, how did serve this chicken (side) salad??


    Marina Hernandez
    Tijuana, mexico

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