This recipe is part of Feeding A Crowd: French(ish!) Birthday.

There are about twenty million versions of “40 cloves of garlic” chicken recipes online, and at least 25% have got to be slow-cooker style. And, despite the overall success of the food from the evening, I’m not sure I’m settling on this one as my go-to.

Plus, photos of crockp0t food are notoriously less than stellar.


Anyway, if you like mild flavors and a whole lot of garlic, this may be a fun dish to try sometime.

Forty Cloves of Garlic Crockpot Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 8
  • Crockpot liner
  • Squeeze bottle garlic
  • 3½ - 4 pounds of chicken pieces (drumsticks would work nicely)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Line your crockpot.
  2. Rub chicken with salt and pepper and place in crockpot.
  3. Heat olive oil in pan, add ¾ cup squeeze bottle garlic, and stir occasionally until lightly browned.
  4. Add in white wine and cook until reduced a bit, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour garlic liquid over chicken in the crockpot and toss in your thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf.
  6. Cook on low for four hours.
  7. Remove chicken and set aside.
  8. Pour contents of crockpot liner bag into a sieve and mash garlic through with the back of a spoon.
  9. Put garlic and chicken stock into a small pan, whisk in remaining butter, and stir over medium heat until thickened.
  10. Serve gravy over chicken and enjoy!

Wanna check out the rest of the French(ish!)-inspired menu? Try one of these!

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