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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic - Overhead hero shot of finished dish in white cast iron pan garnished with fresh parsley and rosemary sprigs

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is a classic French country dish that's perfect for a weeknight dinner or your most elegant dinner party.  Paired with budget-friendly chicken thighs, all that garlic mellows into buttery goodness for a dish you'll fall in love with!
Course Chicken and Turkey
Cuisine French
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 2 -3
Calories 882


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken thighs on the bone with the skin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 40 large cloves garlic left unpeeled
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves only, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Crusty French bread


  • Generously season the flour with salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge both sides of the chicken thighs in the flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin side down first and brown well. Turn the chicken over and brown on the other side.
  • Turn the chicken back to skin side up. Remove from heat.
  • Add the wine then return to the heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the wine is reduced by half.
  • Add the chicken broth and garlic and bring the liquid back to a boil. Add the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, cover the skillet and cook for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked through to 165 degrees in the center and the garlic is tender.
  • Stir in the butter and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Remove the bay leaf and sprinkle chicken with parsley.
  • Squeeze the garlic out of the cloves to enjoy, preferably onto crusty French bread.


Serving: 2thighs | Calories: 882kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 861mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 4mg