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Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic (Clay-pot) Recipe

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Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic Recipe

© 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Do not fear the large amount of garlic in this recipe. Garlic cloves are nutty and mellow when cooked whole. Once you try it, you may end up adding even more garlic, because they are so delicious. This classic chicken recipe includes vegetables for a meal in one pot. If you do not have a clay cooker, you can use a large covered Dutch oven and reduce the oven temperature to about 375 F.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Pre-Soak Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 5 to 6 servings


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried sage leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 40 cloves garlic, whole, peeled (about 2 to 3 heads)
  • 3 carrots, cut into 4-inch lengths, large ends halved lengthwise
  • 6 baby new potatoes, scrubbed, skins on
  • 1/2 pound pearl onions, blanched and peeled
  • 1 whole large frying chicken (4 to 4-1/2 pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Soak top and bottom of 3-1/4-quart (3.25 L) clay cooker in water for 30 minutes; drain. Line bottom and sides of cooker with parchment paper.

Combine olive oil, rosemary, thyme, sage, and lemon juice in a large zip-top bag. Squish to combine. Add garlic cloves, carrots, potatoes, and pearl onions. Seal bag and turn until all vegetables are coated. Scoop out the vegetables (reserving the marinade) and place them around the outer edge of the clay cooker, leaving room for the chicken in the center.

Use the remaining marinade to coat the chicken, rubbing it into the skin. Place the chicken in the center of the clay cooker, breast-side up. Sprinkle chicken and vegetables generously with salt and pepper. Cover.

Place in a cold oven and set temperature to 475 degrees F. (250 degrees C.). Bake until chicken is tender and juices run clear when thigh is pierced, about 1-1/4 hours. Remove cover and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes until chicken is crisp and brown.

Carve chicken and drizzle with pot gravy. Serve with the whole garlic cloves, vegetables, and French bread.

Yield: 5 to 6 servings
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe Photo © 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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 5 out of 5
Love this recipe!, Member somethinshady

I've has this recipe for over 20 years and it is always a hit. I don't have a clay pot, but I've used a speckleware roaster and it's always moist and the garlic aroma is heavenly. Try this one, you won't be disappointed.

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