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40 cloves garlic chicken

40 Cloves Garlic Chicken is a classic french dish. The large quantity of garlic used for in this Proven├žal recipe may seem excessive, but this dish highlights the softer side of garlic. A creamy, garlicky chicken dish is simply damn good.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: 40 cloves garlic chicken recipe, 40 cloves garlic recipe
Servings: 5 Servings
Author: Mia


  • 5 pcs. chicken thigh
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black ground black pepper
  • 40 cloves garlic unpeeled
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or all-purpose cream
  • parsley for garnish


  • Wash and remove excess skin from chicken thigh. Pat dry with kitchen towel then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat oil and melt butter in a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Add garlic and stir gently with the chicken. Cover the pan and let cook for 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat.
  • Remove chicken from pan and remove some oil leaving about 2 tbsp. in the pan.
  • Pour dry white wine and saute the garlic for a minute then crush 3 cloves of garlic on the pan. Let the wine reduce for a couple of minutes.
  • When the wine is reduced, Add the all-purpose cream or whipping cream then add the seared chicken back to the pan.
  • Fold in the chicken with the sauce until the chicken is coated. Cover the pan with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Season to taste and sprinkle some parsley or thyme. Transfer in a serving dish and enjoy. Bon Appetit!