Spanish Fried Chicken With Onions and Garlic

Close-up of Garlic and Onions in Wicker Basket
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
867 Calories
74g Fat
15g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 867
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 74g 95%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 35g
Calcium 92mg 7%
*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.)

Pieces of chicken are pan-fried in olive oil, then onions and garlic are added and cooked until caramelized. This is a rich dish, full of sweet onions and garlic, perfect to use for dipping rustic bread. This Spanish recipe is a family favorite that's easy enough for beginner cooks and teenage children to help with.


Steps to Make It

  1. Remove all innards and cut the chicken into about 16 pieces. Remove extra fat and discard.

  2. Coarsely chop onions. Separate and peel all garlic cloves.

  3. Pour olive oil to 1/2-inch deep into a large heavy-bottom frying pan. Heat on medium. When the oil is hot, add chicken to pan and fry, turning over after about 10 minutes. Chicken takes about 20 minutes to cook.​

  4. When chicken is almost done, add chopped onions, whole garlic cloves, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Cook in the pan, stirring occasionally until onions and garlic are caramelized.

  5. Remove from heat and serve with rustic bread or homemade fried potatoes.