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Lissa’s Recipe File: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Posted by Lissa on March 12, 2009

This is the very simplest of Crock Pot recipes, but o-so-tasty:


– 1 whole chicken, giblets removed, washed
– 2 or 3 large onions (vary to taste)
– 40 peeled cloves of garlic (vary to taste)
– 1 can chicken broth (or water)
– Optional: 2 small-ish onions for stuffing, likewise carrots or celery etc., salt, pepper

Slice the onions thickly (about one-inch slices) and lay them across the bottom of the Crock Pot.  Lay the chicken on top of the onions; if you have stuffings for your chicken, shove them in now.  (I like to stuff mine with a few whole onions.)  Place the garlic cloves under, over, and inside the chicken.  Sprinkle with salt/pepper etc. if you like.

I generally do the first part the night before and store it in the fridge.  Come morning, pour the broth over the top.  (You probably don’t need more than half a cup, but I use one can — I like having lots of chicken juice available for dipping and drinking and general yumminess.)  Place in the Crock Pot and cook on Low for 8-12 hours, depending on your size.  (I usually just leave it on till we come home; it’s practically impossible to overcook it.)

Voila!  You’ve got yourself a juicy, moist, tender chicken that practically falls off the bone.  Actually, to be perfectly accurate, the chickeny goodness is so tender the bones fall APART — don’t expect beautifully-carved slices.  I use tongs to grab large pieces and later pick through the remains with my fingers to separate meat from bone.

You can serve with noodles, or rice, or potatoes, but you should definitely have some fresh bread ready; the savory soft delicious cloves of garlic make a perfect spread.

And now, to come to the real reason I posted this recipe . . . Rajah says, “It’s finger-lickin’ good!!”

3 Responses to “Lissa’s Recipe File: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic”

  1. Jay G. said

    MMMMmmmmmmm… Garlic chicken….


  2. Brad K. said


    I am having trouble with the “cook on Low for 8-12 hours, depending on your size” part of the recipe. I am 6’2, so is that 8 hours, or closer to 12? Or do you mean size of the crock pot? Or size of the chicken? Or size of my .. memory? Size of my wallet? Size of the garlic cloves?

    Oh, I am so confused. Help!

    It does sound good, though.

    Do you think it would work to substitude red wine for the stock?

    [Brad — you’re a brat. 🙂 On the size of the CHICKEN! And hmm, haven’t tried red wine for the stock — if you do, let me know how it turns out, yes? — Lissa]

  3. Breda said

    Oh Rajah, so cute – he is the long lost twin of my Ronan.

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