40 Clove Garlic Chicken


April 17, 2021

Yes you read that right - 40 cloves of garlic!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yields: 5


10 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on - not fillets)

1.5 tablespoons salted butter

Salt and Pepper to season

2 heaped teaspoons of chicken stock powder

40 cloves of garlic, peeled *see notes below in method *

1/2 cup white wine (I used Jacobs Creek Sav Blanc)

8-10 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley chopped

(Optional : Chicken gravy powder/granules)


1Lay chicken out on a board or dish, skin side up. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle chicken with the dry chicken stock powder.

2Using a searing slow cooker (or fry pan if you don't have a searing slow cooker) melt butter.

3Place chicken thighs skin side down and sear briefly until lightly browned for colour and maximum flavour.

4If you did it in your searing slow cooker simply turn chicken to now face skin side up and return to slow cooking mode. (If you had used a pan for this now is the time to add your chicken and any cooking butter etc into your slow cooker)

5Add wine and garlic cloves around chicken.

6Add thyme and parsley.

7Cook on LOW for 5hrs.

8If you do not wish to make gravy simply remove chicken pieces from cooking liquids and serve with seasonal fresh vegetables. We serve with baby potatoes, steamed carrot, fresh corn on the cob and steamed broccolini

Optional gravy

1If you wish to make gravy remove chicken, cover and set aside to keep warm.

2Strain cooking liquids to remove all solids like garlic and herbs so only liquid remains. Add liquid to a small saucepan on stove top and add 2-3 tablespoons of chicken gravy powder/granules while whisking to reduce and thicken to gravy consistency

3Plate up chicken with vegetables and pour over your garlic chicken gravy 🙂


1I buy a bulk bag of peeled garlic cloves from my local produce store, Some wholesale shops have them too. It's $6 for 1kg. We LOVE garlic! I freeze the rest until I need them. However if peeling fresh from bulbs it would be approximately 2 full heads of garlic.

Submitted by Paulene Christie


10 Reviews


August 10, 2022

Really yummy.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 18, 2022

Leave the whole.


February 17, 2022

Do you crush the garlic cloves or just leave them whole?

Lacey Symons

October 20, 2021

Wow! This is a new weekly favourite in my house. I love garlic and this is the perfect amount for me. My fussy son (doesn’t usually eat garlic) also devours this. We use chicken stock instead of wine and use thigh fillets.

You could use both Kath that’s fine 🙂


September 30, 2021

Is there a reason for the bone in thigh, would though fillets work the same?

It will work. The result is just more dry with breast. 2-3hrs low.

Janice Wakefield

May 17, 2021

Would chicken breast. Work for this ? Fussy. Husband lol


May 16, 2021

With two picky kids out of three, I was a bit nervous making this one. Even I was a bit concerned that it was going to be way too much garlic, and I’m one that measures with my heart. However, it was a hit and my youngest told me it was the best chicken he’s ever had. Definitely worth the hour spent peeling the garlic 😂


April 26, 2021

This is delicious, I used Maryland and chicken stock instead of wine. I’ll definitely make again 😊

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