8 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken, 2 tablespoons sauce, 5 garlic cloves, and 3 bread slices)

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is classic French comfort food at its simple and satisfying best. One of the basic tenets of French cuisine is making full use of ingredients—hence, whole chickens in this recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove and discard giblets and neck from chickens. Rinse chickens with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat; remove skin. Cut each chicken into 8 pieces. Combine butter and oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over chicken. Add half of chicken pieces to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic; cook 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown, stirring frequently. Arrange chicken on top of garlic. Add broth and wine; cover and cook 25 minutes or until chicken is done.

Step 3

Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup. Serve sauce and garlic with chicken and bread. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Chef's Notes

In a pinch, you can substitute six pounds of chicken pieces. The garlic softens in flavor as it roasts and is easy to spread over the baguette slices. Serve with steamed asparagus.

Ratings & Reviews

brandeelee1's Review

July 30, 2013
Love Love Love this recipe. The sauce really makes it so make sure you have extra bread!!!! This doesn't need to be made with whole chickens so feel free to pick your favorite cuts of the chicken.

food4family's Review

April 20, 2013
Quick, easy, delicious! Followed directions, and used a bit more garlic...we like garlic! Gravy was thick, creamy and wonderful on bagette.

kimdavis127's Review

January 16, 2013
Fabulous! I just used boneless skinless chicken breasts and it was really a very easy recipe to make. The flavor and moistness of the chicken is fantastic! My whole family, including the kids, could not get enough of this. Absolutely a restaurant-quality dish!

CASunshine10's Review

September 17, 2012
WOW --so delicious & so easy to make! Everyone at the table LOVED it & we will definitely make it again. I rarely venture out & try recipes at the 4-star level, but this is truly worthy of 5, so hopefully this will push the recipe back into the proper category! To put this in perspective, I cook daily & for a refined palate. Would be delish with some oven baked French fries for the sauce, instead of bread, & side of French green beans...

Shopgirl403's Review

September 01, 2012
This was good. I made an extra thick gravy by cooking down the stock as directed then throwing the stock and garlic in a blender for a smooth gravy.

ovnSRQ's Review

May 26, 2012

doneal's Review

April 08, 2012

pkahn127's Review

April 01, 2012

bkbroiler52's Review

November 13, 2011

mrscrazyed's Review

September 19, 2011
There's only two of us, so there's no way we could get through two whole chickens, and I really wanted to try this recipe -- we both love garlic. I was able to scale down the recipe using chicken breasts, and it was quite good. Just be careful not to overcook this dish.