40 Cloves and a Chicken


I’ve been reading so many great reviews about 40 cloves chicken. That is chicken baked/cooked with 40 (yes, 40) cloves of garlic!

There are so many recipes out there, however, so I decided to rely on my tried and true recipe maven, Alton Brown. In reading some of the reviews from the Food Network site, people recommended that I watch him make this. So, I did!


You’ll have to fast forward a little to get to the part where he makes the chicken.

Of course, as you might know, Alton Brown’s show contains characters that add a little humor to the episode. Sorry if vampires aren’t your thing…hehe…vampires, garlic? Ok, maybe too obvious. It made me chuckle.

I ended up making this in a stainless steel shallow pot as well, and it came out beautifully. Very simple too! The flavor was definitely garlic, but not overwhelming. I also took¬†Alton’s ¬†suggestion to make garlic french bread with the spreadable garlic and leftover oil. Simply yummy!

The next day, I shredded the leftover chicken to put in some cajun jambalaya. Yum yum yum!

40 Cloves and a Chicken
Source: Alton Brown


  • 1 whole chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces (we used 3 bone-in chicken breasts..cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 40 peeled cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or skillet over high heat. Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, carve, and serve.


  1. I love how this version is actually baked! Thanks for posting!

  2. I made Ina Garten’s version of this once and it was very good!

  3. Hi Amy,

    I made this over the w/e and it was delish! I didn’t even notice the garlic bread suggestion, unfortunately. So what did you do, just spread the stuff on some italian/french bread and baked it for a few?


  4. hotovenwarmheart says:

    Hi Amy!

    I just wanted to stop by and say a big THANK YOU for joining Team Oven Loving for the Recovering! It’s always wonderful to have kindhearted, generous, talented bakers (and cooks!) on my team- we can surely use your help, and I know the soldiers who receive your care package filled with delicious goodies will truly appreciate all your hard work! Can’t wait to see what you decide to make!

    Your Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic looks really yummy, and accompanied with that garlic bread…Mmmm…must have made for quite a dinner! And can Alton ever do you wrong? I think not! Did you have a chance to see his 10th Anniversary Special on the Food Network recently? If not, keep your eye out for it- I’m sure they’ll play it again.

    Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns heading into Round 14- I’m always here to help! And I hope you visit my blog again too… it was really nice to hear from you. Thanks again, Amy!


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