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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is a classic French dish, yes with 40 cloves of garlic, no more no less. Although it may seem like a lot of garlic, it mellows in flavor as it cooks and you end up with mild, buttery garlic and a moist and delicious chicken! A must try!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, one pot meals
Servings: 6
Calories: 419kcal


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 40 cloves garlic cleaned but kept whole
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped for garnish


  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  • Prepare chicken: Clean the chicken thighs, pat them dry and cut them in half.
  • Cook chicken: In a large Dutch oven or oven proof skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs and cook on both sides just until they start to brown and are no longer pink. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Cook garlic: Add the cloves of garlic to the same skillet. Season with cumin, dill, thyme, salt, pepper and stir. Add the wine, stir a bit and scrape all the pieces from the bottom of the skillet, then cook for about 2 minutes just until the wine reduces a bit and the garlic starts to brown. 
  • Finish cooking: Stir in the chicken broth then add the chicken back to the skillet. Cover the skillet with a lid and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • Garnish and serve: Garnish with parsley and serve warm over rice or noodles.



  1. Feel free to use whichever cut of chicken you prefer.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 404mg | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.7mg