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

Garlicky chicken
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Pre-Soak Time: 15 mins
Total: 110 mins
Servings: 5 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1184 Calories
51g Fat
81g Carbs
99g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1184
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Protein 99g
Calcium 165mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 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.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
  • 40 cloves garlic (whole, peeled; about 2 to 3 heads)
  • 3 carrots (cut into 4 inch lengths, large ends halved lengthwise)
  • 6 new potatoes (scrubbed, skins on)
  • 1/2 pound pearl onions (blanched and peeled)
  • 1 chicken (for frying, 4 to 4 1/2 pounds)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. 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 the cooker with parchment paper.

  2. 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 in the center.

  3. 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 cover.

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

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