Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Crock-Pot Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Do you know there are several recipes for Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic posted all over the Internet? 

Seriously, I didn't realize it until I decided over the weekend that I wanted to prepare this dish for dinner on Monday night.  You can find some version of this recipe pretty much anywhere:  Food Network, Bloggers, Allrecipes, etc.! 

With the help of my friend (in real life) Lisa, I was able to decide on a combination of flavors that would work for me. 

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic with Roasted Potatoes & Onions

  • 3lbs. potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cups onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced 
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 4 bone-in split chicken breast (approx. 4 lbs.)
  • 33 cloves of garlic*, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
This is a photo of the raw chicken layered in the crock pot on top of the potatoes and onions.

  • In a large bowl, toss the potatoes and onions with the sliced garlic, olive oil, rosemary and thyme. 
  • Spread the potato and onion mixture evenly on the bottom of a large crockpot.**
  • Use the same large bowl; toss chicken pieces with the olive oil and the remaining ingredients.  Fit a garlic clove or two into open spaces in the chicken breast (optional). 
  • Fit the chicken parts in the crock pot on top of the potatoes and onions. 
  • Place lid on top and cook on low 6-8 hours.***
This photo is the chicken after it cooked in the crock pot for 5 hours. 
See the nice roasted garlic? 

     * I was tired of peeling garlic at this point, we never missed the other cloves! 
   ** I reserved the potatoes and onions to use for another meal later this week. 
 *** I cooked this on high for one hour, then turned it to low for 4 hours. 

I really enjoyed this recipe.  The flavors were wonderful!  The chicken was a teeny bit dry, I'm thinking that I layered too many potatoes and they didn't allow for the chicken to baste in the cooking juices.  But I like that we were able to eat it like a nice piece of roasted chicken.  Sometimes meat is too tender when cooked in the crock pot.  At least to my liking.  I think I will try this combination of spices with a whole chicken the next time.  With less potatoes on the bottom.

When I began deciding how I wanted to season the chicken and prepare everything, I knew the chicken wouldn't fill the entire crock pot.  I remember someone telling me that they cook their chicken and potatoes at the same time in the oven.  I thought that was a great idea, but decided that the garlic potatoes along with the garlic chicken would be a bit much for one meal.  So, I came up with a plan for those roasted potatoes. 

Be sure to check back to find out how I used those potatoes and onions in another meal!

I will be sharing this blog post on the following carnivals this week: 


  1. I always wondered how that recipe was. You made it look delicious. My family loves garlic. I am interested to see how you used the leftover potatoes and onions.. Thanks for the sweet comment.

  2. This really sound good. I'm adding this to my list of recipes to try.

  3. Looks yummy! I've always wanted to try 40 clove garlic chicken, but been afraid my whole house would smell like garlic for 2 days afterwards - was that the case for you or not?

  4. Alea, be sure to let me know what you think!

    Rachel, I'm pretty much in the house all the time. (SAHM without a car.) So, sometimes it's easy to get used to a smell and not notice it. We went out last night (4 days after cooking it) and didn't notice any lingering garlic smell when we came back!

    But since this is a crock pot recipe, let it cook in your garage if you're worried about the garlic smell! When I was pregnant, and cooking smells really made me sick, I would use the crock pot in the garage. Dinner was prepared and I didn't have to smell it every day!!!

  5. Alison - great idea about the garage! Thanks!

  6. I love this recipe. I use a whole chicken most of the time. I usually chicken out and buy the garlic that is already peeled:) Thanks so much for posting to Crock Pot Wednesday. I hope to see you back this week.